December 22, 2016

Cardin Urges Veto on Draft Israeli Settlements Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday on the United Nations Security Council resolution that unfairly targets Israel:

“The Security Council resolution offered yesterday by the Egyptian delegation on behalf of the Palestinians does nothing to move forward the shared goal of two states living side-by-side in peace and security. This resolution is one-sided and unfairly calls out Israel without assigning any blame for the Palestinian role in the current impasse.

“I support policies and actions working toward a two-state solution through direct negotiations between the parties, but this resolution does nothing to reinforce direct talks. Worse, by introducing the resolution yesterday and scheduling a vote this week, other members of the Security Council have not had sufficient time to consider the text.

“I therefore call on the administration to veto this resolution.”

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