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The illegal settlement activity of Israel is of concern to the Russian delegation in the HRC

GENEVA, 20 March. /Offset. TASS Konstantin Gain/. The Russian delegation participating in Geneva in the 34th session of the UN Council on human rights (HRC) expressed concern about illegal settlement activity of Israel in the occupied territories. The representative of the delegation of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Ustinov said, speaking at the session that the only chance for a fair settlement of the conflict is a “two-state solution,” and called on Israel “to take practical measures to facilitate the Palestinian population” .

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“We Express serious concern over continuing illegal settlement activity of Israel in the occupied territories, including the latest actions by the Israeli side for the legalization of settlement outposts, the Israeli state created in the part on private Palestinian land in the West Bank of the Jordan river,” – said the diplomat. Moscow proceeds from the fact that “the only option full and fair settlement of the conflict is a “two-state solution” based on the universally recognized international legal norms”. The corresponding clear signal was sent in the report of the “Quartet” of international mediators on July 1, 2016, reminded Ustinov. “All the problems of the final status of the Palestinian territories, including the border issue should be resolved through direct political dialogue between the parties,” he concluded.

In turn, addressing the session via teleconference, the special Rapporteur of the HRC on the issue of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories Michael link reminded that in January the Israeli government announced the construction of 6,000 new housing units in the settlements – after a month following the adoption of resolution 2334 of the UN Security Council, to condemn settlement activity. In presenting his report on the situation in the occupied territories, Linc drew attention to the fact that the existence of the settlements creates barriers to the free movement of Palestinians who live in the atmosphere of threats of expulsion and forced displacement.

The representative of the state of Palestine in his speech, blamed Israel for the continuation of the policy of collective punishment of Palestinians, hindering their access to employment, education health.

The representatives of Israel in the meeting, did not participate.

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