The UN Security Council Vote

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
March 28, 2001

Last night (March 27), the adoption of a one-sided resolution by the UN Security Coucil, which would have ignored Palestinian responsibility for the violence, was prevented. Israel welcomes this decision.

Israel wishes to express its appreciation for the American decision, under the circumstances created in the course of the Council debate, to exercise its veto and thus to prevent the adoption of a resolution which would only have had the effect of aggravating the crisis in our region. Israel also appreciates the Ukrainian decision not to take part in the vote.

Israel is disappointed at the surprising change in Russia’s position and at the support given by several states to the initiative proposed in several draft resolutions, which is completely inconsistent with the principles of the peace process, and tries to circumvent agreements and understandings already reached through direct contact between the parties.

It is ironic that the members of the Security Council put forward an unbalanced proposal regarding the protection of Palestinian civilians precisely at this time, when Israeli citizens, victims of Palestinian terrorism, are being killed and injured.

Israel wishes to stress again, irrespective of the debate and the decision taken by the Security Council, the need to put an immediate stop to the acts of violence and terrorism being conducted against Israel and its citizens, among them youngsters and children.

 
 
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