UN Security Council adopts resolution on Israeli settlements
On 23 December the UN Security Council adopted a resolution on the Middle East peace process. The Security Council notes that Israeli settlements on occupied land are illegal and represent a major obstacle to achieving a two-State solution.
The Government welcomes the Security Council's decision, which confirms the EU's and Sweden's view of the settlements.
The Security Council resolution, together with other international initiatives in the area – the French initiative, the recommendations of the Quartet (UN, EU, US and Russia), the Arab Peace Initiative – can help create the conditions for resuming a meaningful peace process. The resolution should be seen against the background of the rapidly deteriorating situation on the ground, with settlement expansion and demolitions, violence against civilians and a very worrying Israeli draft bill on the retroactive legalisation of 'outposts'.
"I welcome the Security Council's decision. It is very positive that the Council for the first time in eight years has agreed on a resolution on the peace process. The resolution provides important clarification under international law of the international community's view of the settlements and is a basis for Sweden's coming work on the Security Council. It can also help instil hope among young people in the region of a future two-State solution in which Israel and Palestine can live side by side in peace and security," says Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström.