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Arab group against Israel nomination bid for UN legal committee

last update : 15/06/2020 - 02:41 AM ( Since 2 weeks )

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An Arab group headed by Kuwait has opposed Israel’s nomination bid for a legal committee at the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September.

Kuwaiti Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi said the group has sent a letter of objection to the UN Secretary General regarding the election of the chair and members of the bureau of the sixth legal committee at the 75th session of the UNGA.

“With regard to the election of vice-chairmen of the committee, the group sent an objection to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres against Israel’s nomination of a candidate for the vice-chairmanship of the bureau of the sixth committee at the upcoming session,” Otaibi said in a press release.

“The Arab group has concerns and considers Israel ineligible for membership in the bureau because of its ongoing and systematic violations of international law and many UN resolutions for more than seven decades.”

 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday called for the forthcoming UN Security Council meeting to be held at a higher level when it convenes later this month to discuss Israel’s controversial plan to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank.

Abbas has already declared the end of all agreements signed with Israel and the United States, after the new Israeli coalition cabinet announced that it would annex parts of the West Bank.

 

Last month, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said the Israeli threat to annex much of the West Bank constitutes a major violation of international law.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received the approval of his newly-installed coalition regime to put his annexation plan to vote in the cabinet or parliament as soon as July 1.

The plan, which enjoys full support of the White House, has faced growing international criticism because Israel intends to annex the lands that were occupied after the 1967 War. More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built on the land since the occupation.

 

All previous foreign-mediated agreements between Palestinians and Israelis as well as repeated UN resolutions have mandated Tel Aviv to withdraw behind the 1967 borders.

The international community views the entire West Bank and the eastern part of the occupied city of Jerusalem as home to an independent Palestinian state in the future.

 

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