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UN Security Council

Resolution 2334

  • December 23, 2016:

    The Security Council,

    Reaffirming
    its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), and 1850 (2008),

    Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,

    Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,

    Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,

    Expressing grave concern that continuing Israeli settlement activities are dangerously imperilling the viability of the two-State solution based on the 1967 lines,

    Recalling the obligation under the Quartet Roadmap, endorsed by its resolution 1515 (2003), for a freeze by Israel of all settlement activity, including "natural growth", and the dismantlement of all settlement outposts erected since March 2001,

    Recalling also the obligation under the Quartet roadmap for the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to maintain effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantling terrorist capabilities, including the confiscation of illegal weapons,

    Condemning all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation, incitement and destruction,

    Reiterating its vision of a region where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders,

    Stressing that the status quo is not sustainable and that significant steps, consistent with the transition contemplated by prior agreements, are urgently needed in order to (i) stabilize the situation and to reverse negative trends on the ground, which are steadily eroding the two-State solution and entrenching a one-State reality, and (ii) to create the conditions for successful final status negotiations and for advancing the two-State solution through those negotiations and on the ground,

    1. Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

    2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;

    3. Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;

    4. Stresses that the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging the two-State solution, and calls for affirmative steps to be taken immediately to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperilling the two-State solution;

    5. Calls upon all States, bearing in mind paragraph 1 of this resolution, to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967;

    6. Calls for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation and destruction, calls for accountability in this regard, and calls for compliance with obligations under international law for the strengthening of ongoing efforts to combat terrorism, including through existing security coordination, and to clearly condemn all acts of terrorism;

    7. Calls upon both parties to act on the basis of international law, including international humanitarian law, and their previous agreements and obligations, to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric, with the aim, inter alia, of de-escalating the situation on the ground, rebuilding trust and confidence, demonstrating through policies and actions a genuine commitment to the two-State solution, and creating the conditions necessary for promoting peace;

    8. Calls upon all parties to continue, in the interest of the promotion of peace and security, to exert collective efforts to launch credible negotiations on all final status issues in the Middle East peace process and within the time frame specified by the Quartet in its statement of 21 September 2010;

    9. Urges in this regard the intensification and acceleration of international and regional diplomatic efforts and support aimed at achieving, without delay a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions, the Madrid terms of reference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet Roadmap and an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967; and underscores in this regard the importance of the ongoing efforts to advance the Arab Peace Initiative, the initiative of France for the convening of an international peace conference, the recent efforts of the Quartet, as well as the efforts of Egypt and the Russian Federation;

    10. Confirms its determination to support the parties throughout the negotiations and in the implementation of an agreement;

    11. Reaffirms its determination to examine practical ways and means to secure the full implementation of its relevant resolutions;

    12. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council every three months on the implementation of the provisions of the present resolution;

    13. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

Reports Under Resolution 2334

  • September 25, 2017: Third Report, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of Resolution 2334

    "Today I devote my regular briefing to the Council to reporting, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) during the period from 20 June to 20 September...During the reporting period, Israel did not 'cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard,' as called for by the resolution...The United Nations considers all settlement activities to be illegal under international law and an impediment to peace. Resolution 2334 states that the international community will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed to by the parties themselves through negotiations...During the reporting period there have been no developments related to Member States' distinguishing, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories it occupied in 1967."

  • June 20, 2017: Second Report, on Behalf of the Secretary-General, on the Implementation of Resolution 2334

    "[T]oday I devote my regular briefing to the Council to reporting on behalf of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Resolution 2334 during the period from the 25th of March to the 19th of June... Mr. President, Resolution 2334 calls on Israel to take, I quote, 'steps to cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.' No such steps have been taken during the reporting period... The United Nations considers all settlement activities to be illegal under international law... Returning to the resolution, Mr. President, during the reporting period, there have been no developments related to Member States' distinguishing in their relevant dealings between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967."

  • March 24, 2017: First Report, on Behalf of the Secretary-General, on the Implementation of Resolution 2334

    "Today I devote my regular briefing to the Council on the Situation in the Middle East to reporting, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of resolution 2334.

    In this first report, I will focus on developments on the ground in accordance with the provisions of the resolution, including on regional and international efforts to advocate and advance the peace process...

    During the reporting period there have been no developments related to Member States' distinguishing, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967...

    Settlement expansion undermines the very essence of the two state solution. Resolution 2334 states that the international community will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those changes that are agreed by the parties through negotiations..."

Other UN Documents on Resolution 2334

  • September 5, 2017: Draft Report of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for the 72nd Session of the General Assembly, A/AC.183/2017/CRP.2

    "8. On 23 December, the Security Council passed the landmark resolution 2334 (2016)...The resolution reaffirmed that establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity...
    ...
    61. On 22 March 2017, the Bureau met with the new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...In particular, the Bureau requested the Secretary-General to make full use of one of the main tools currently at his disposal – his quarterly reports on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016).

    62. On 18 May, the Committee conveyed its position on the quarterly report by the Secretary-General on implementation of resolution 2334 (2016) via an official letter to the Secretary-General, namely that the report should be substantive, in writing, and clearly indicate whether or not relevant parties are in compliance with the provisions of the resolution.
    ...
    103. The Committee urges the Security Council, which has a primary responsibility for maintaining peace and security under the Charter, and the General Assembly to play a constructive role in ensuring fullest accountability and implementation of the longstanding parameters for peace reiterated in the relevant UN resolutions for resolving the conflict. Positive consideration should be given to all proposals that endeavor to overcome the current impasse. In this regard, the Committee welcomes the adoption of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) which reaffirmed the illegality of Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, and called for urgent steps to reverse negative trends on the ground which are steadily eroding the two-State solution, thus generating a unique momentum for peace which needs to be maintained. In the context of paragraph 12 of the resolution, the Committee requests the Secretary-General to present his third and subsequent reports to the Council on the implementation of the resolution's provisions in a written format and to propose practical ways and means to hold Israel accountable for its illegal settlement activitIes and other violations.
    ...
    109. The Committee underscores the responsibility of States and private entities not to contribute to grave Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, particularly in respect of settlements in the OPT, including East Jerusalem. It looks forward to the establishment of a database of all actors conducting business in areas under Israeli military occupation, as mandated by Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/31/L.38 of 2016. Within the context of this resolution as well as paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) calling upon states to 'distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967', the Committee urges further steps by Governments, private businesses and other relevant bodies including the European Union, to dissociate themselves from policies which directly or indirectly grant legitimacy or support illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the occupation at large."

Other Resolutions

  • August 20, 1980: UN Security Council Resolution, "Territories occupied by Israel," S/RES/478(1980)

    "The Security Council,
    ...
    1. Censures in the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the 'basic law' on Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions;
    ...
    5. Decides not to recognize the "basic law" and such other actions by Israel that, as a result of this law, seek to alter the character and status of Jerusalem and calls upon: (a) All Member States to accept this decision; (b) Those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City;"

    Adopted by a vote of 14 in favor, 0 against, 1 abstention (U.S.)

  • March 1, 1980: UN Security Council Resolution, "Territories occupied by Israel," S/RES/465(1980)

    "The Security Council,
    ...
    7. Calls upon all States not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connexion with settlements in the occupied territories;"

    Adopted by a vote of 14 in favor, 0 against, 1 abstention (U.S.)

Statements at the Security Council

  • September 20, 2017. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, General Debate, 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (as delivered)

    "...Resolution 2334 of the Security Council last year. So where is this resolution? If the United Nations cannot implement its resolutions, who will implement these resolutions?...I urge this organization and your honorable states to do the following...[A]ct to bring to a halt all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, as demanded in numerous United Nations resolutions including the most recent, Resolution 2334."

  • August 22, 2017. Bolivia (Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz, Permanent Representative) at the 8028th meeting of the Security Council

    "Once again, we express our commitment to the immediate and timely implementation of resolution 2334, and we again call for the next report to be circulated in advance and in writing to the members of the Council for their thorough consideration. In that context, all settlement activities being carried out by the Government of Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories must cease, as well as any expansionist activities that undermine any possibility of dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis."

  • July 25, 2017. Palestinian representative (Riyad Mansour) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "This occupation, entrenched and sustained by Israel's illegal policies and practices over the decades, is the context and harsh reality in which all of these disturbing developments are taking place. And all of it is happening against the backdrop of the Council's adoption of resolution 2334 - a resolution that was unequivocal as to the occupied status of the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, since 1967 and the illegality of all measures aimed at altering the demography, character and status of that territory. Resolution 2334 determined a clear path away from conflict and towards peace. We must not allow the occupying Power to continue dragging us in the opposite direction. In the absence of serious steps to implement resolution 2334, and in the absence of any consequences for Israel's flagrant disrespect of the resolution, the occupying Power has not only persisted with its violations..."

  • July 25, 2017. Bolivia (Pedro Luis Inchauste Jordan, Minister Counselor) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "We express once again our commitment to the immediate implementation of resolution 2334, and we encourage all members of the Security Council to join forces for its implementation without further delay."

  • July 25, 2017. Uruguay (Elbio Rosselli, Permanent Representative) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "It is regrettable that, seven months after the adoption of resolution 2334, little progress has been made in its implementation..."

  • July 25, 2017. China (Liu Jieyi, Permanent Representative) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "China calls for the effective implementation of resolution 2334."

  • July 25, 2017. Pakistan (Nabeel Munir, Deputy Permanent Representative) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "A viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine on the basis of the internationally agreed parameters and the pre-1967 borders, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, is the only sustainable guarantee of enduring peace in the Middle East. There is nothing more inimical to this vision than the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. Yet there has been a substantial increase in settlement-related activities in the occupied lands. This trend is emblematic of the blatant Israeli disregard for international law and the collective will of the international community, including resolution 2334."

  • July 25, 2017. Peru (Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "Peru emphasizes the importance of complying with resolution 2334, adopted in December 2016, which urges Israel to cease settlement building in the territories it has occupied since 1967."

  • July 25, 2017. Iran (Mr. Al Habib, Representative) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "The Israeli regime has continued to arrogantly and flagrantly violate dozens of Security Council resolutions, from resolution 54 to resolution 2334, as well as many other resolutions adopted by the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council and specialized United Nations agencies on illegal settlement activities."

  • July 25, 2017. European Union (Joanne Adamson, Chargé d'Affaires) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "Resolution 2334, while reaffirming all of the Council's relevant previous resolutions since 1967, reiterated the key threats to the viability of the two-State solution, notably the continued Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem."

  • July 25, 2017. Namibia (Linda Anne Scott, Deputy Permanent Representative) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "Namibia also calls on Israel to desist from building settlements in violation of previous agreements and United Nations resolutions, including resolution 2334, which is a continued affront to the dignity and property ownership of the Palestinian people."

  • July 25, 2017. Indonesia (Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "Today, once again, we reaffirm our faith in resolution 2334 of December 2016, and call for its full and unfettered implementation. One should recall that, in the quest to eliminate obstacles on the road to peace, the Council in its wisdom has rejected Israel's establishment of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967. It has declared the settlements not simply to be illegal and a flagrant violation of international law, but also a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and to a just, lasting and comprehensive peace. Regrettably, not only has Israel continued to defy the Council, but we, as Member States, have yet to receive the substantive published report of the Secretary-General concerning the implementation of the resolution. We join all those who believe that this is a minimum standard in moving forward."

  • July 25, 2017. Kuwait (Mansour Ayyad Alotaibi, Permanent Representative) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "We call on the international community to implement the relevant resolutions, particularly resolution 2334 and those resolutions that condemn land-grabbing and settlements and call for an end to Israeli occupation."

  • July 25, 2017. South Africa (Ephraim Leshala Mminele, Deputy Permanent Representative) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "South Africa calls for the effective and immediate implementation of resolution 2334, which reaffirms that Israeli illegal settlements have no legal validity, that they constitute a flagrant violation under international law and that they are a major obstacle to the vision of two States..."

  • July 25, 2017. Nicaragua (María Rubiales de Chamorro, Permanent Representative) as Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "Moreover, the Committee has repeatedly spoken out about the illegality of Israel's settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which remain a major obstacle to achieving peace and a serious violation of international law. Paragraph 2 of resolution 2334 expressly calls on Israel to "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem". Regrettably, the recent announcement by the Israeli Government concerning an additional 4,000 dwellings reveals a total lack of respect for the Council's demands and a total lack of accountability or progress in the implementation of resolution 2334. The momentum generated by the resolution must not be squandered, and the Council must fully utilize its accountability mechanisms to ensure the full implementation of its resolutions, including resolution 2334, which in paragraph 12 "[r]equests the Secretary-General to report to the Council every three months on the implementation of the provisions of the... resolution". While the two informative briefings to date have highlighted what has been common knowledge for many years - namely, Israel's ongoing flagrant violations of international law - by way of oral statements, the Committee calls on the Secretary-General to issue written reports in the future and provide practical recommendations to ensure Israel's accountability."

  • July 25, 2017. Syria (Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "The holy esplanade of Jerusalem is under occupation and exploited by the Israeli occupying forces. Given the ongoing situation around the holy sites, the Security Council must more than ever do more than merely express it condemnation and concern. The Council must fully assume its responsibility to ensure the immediate implementation of all of its resolutions relevant to ending the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories, including resolution 2334, on the illegitimacy of the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem."

  • July 25, 2017. Malaysia (Kennedy Mayong Onon, Minister Counselor) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "We recall the pronouncement by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian people, asking for the quarterly report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution 2334 to be produced in writing. The report must outline where the parties were in compliance. In cases of non-compliance, concrete measures must be detailed to ensure the full and effective implementation and enforcement of the resolution."

  • July 25, 2017. Uzbekistan (Bakhtiyor Ibragimov, Permanent Representative) on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "[T]he OIC reaffirms that the continuation of the Israeli settlement policy will undermine the territorial integrity, viability and contiguity of a future Palestinian State, notwithstanding the fact that settlement activities are illegal acts constituting flagrant violations of international law and the relevant United Nations resolutions, including, in particular resolution 2334, which unequivocally demands an end to all such activities. The Council must act to uphold its responsibilities to end Israeli settlement activities, which have been manifestly and deliberately stepped up in the occupied Palestinian territory, especially in and around East Jerusalem. While the OIC welcomes the second report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution 2334, as orally delivered to the Security Council by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, we call once again for the submission of a meaningful written report so as to ensure the proper documentation of the implementation of the resolution's provisions, given Israel's continued flagrant disrespect of the Council and its resolutions."

  • July 25, 2017. Venezuela (Rafael Darío Ramírez Carreño, Permanent Representative) on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "We call for increased international and regional efforts to support that goal, all while recalling the responsibilities of the Security Council and the General Assembly on the matter, including responsibilities that were recently reaffirmed in resolution 2334, which was welcomed and endorsed by the Movement in its communiqué dated 27 December 2016."

  • July 25, 2017. Botswana (Charles Thembani Ntwaagae, Permanent Representative) at the 8011th meeting of the Security Council

    "We believe that previous actions of the Council since 1967, including the adoption of resolution 242, resolution 338 and most recently resolution 2334 are positive steps in the right direction on the path towards delegitimizing the Israeli settlements and reiterating the call for the achievement of a two-State solution."

  • June 20, 2017. Lakhdar Brahimi, member of "the Elders", at the 7977th meeting of the Security Council

    "If the Council could make such a visit [to Israel and "Palestine"], its members would see how urgent it is to enforce the many binding resolutions that the Council has adopted since the June 1967 war, starting with resolutions 242 and 338 and including the most recent, resolution 2334, which focused on the illegality of settlement building."

  • June 20, 2017. Uruguay (Elbio Rosselli, Permanent Representative) at the 7977th meeting of the Security Council

    "Uruguay welcomes the presentation of the second report on the implementation of resolution 2334. We regret that there is no accompanying written report, as it contains a great deal of information that requires a careful reading...six months ago, the Security Council adopted resolution 2334, aimed at stabilizing and reversing negative trends on the ground that jeopardize the prospects of peace and the two-State solution. It was a clear demonstration of the importance that the international community places on the peaceful and successful conclusion of this process. Despite that, to date, Israel has stepped up its announcements to continue its settlement policy in the occupied territories..."

  • June 20, 2017. Sweden (Carl Skau, Representative) at the 7977th meeting of the Security Council

    "It is therefore vital that the issue of settlements be addressed without delay... In line with resolution 2334 (2016), we also call on all States to distinguish between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967 in their dealings."

  • June 20, 2017. Ahmed Aboul Ghent, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, at the 7977th meeting of the Security Council

    "Resolution 2334 in December 2016, which has witnessed unprecedented unanimity and after a lack of addressing the conflict for a long time, was a step in the right direction on the path of de-legitimizing the settlements of Israel and through increasing the pressure on Israel to change the course. Other resolutions must follow suit, particularly that the resolution-request from the Secretary-General to submit a report on its implementation every three months..."

  • May 26, 2017. Bolivia (Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz, Permanent Representative) at the 7953rd meeting of the Security Council

    "Finally, we wish to reiterate our request that the quarterly report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution 2334 (2016) appear in writing, so that we can see a detailed report of the progress made, or the lack thereof, as well as current maps of all occupied Palestinian territories in which Israel has established settlements. Bolivia reaffirms its firm commitment to resolution 2334 (2016) and urges all Council members to pool their efforts to ensure its implementation without further delay. We believe that all resolutions adopted by the Council must be implemented with due rigor and commitment, with the single goal of ensuring international peace and security."

  • April 20, 2017. Palestinian representative (Riyad Mansour) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "Once again, we call for full respect of resolution 2334. In that connection, we welcome the Secretary-General's report pursuant to the resolution, as orally delivered on 24 March 2017. Yet, we reiterate the expectation for written reports to ensure proper documentation of the implementation of the resolution's provisions and of the developments promoting or obstructing its objectives...We condemn Israel's disrespect of Security Council decisions, as evidenced in its flagrant violations of resolution 2334."

  • April 20, 2017. Sweden (Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "Sweden strongly condemns the so-called regularisation law...That law, as well as the Israeli announcements regarding thousands of new illegal settlements units on occupied land and the decision to establish the first new settlement on the West Bank in over 20 years, constitute flagrant violations of international law, as stated in resolution 2334."

  • April 20, 2017. Bolivia (Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz, Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "The States Members of the United Nations must focus on this situation and on the implementation of resolution 2334. We reiterate our request that the next quarterly report have a written format and contain in detail an assessment of the status of implementation of the resolution. Similarly, as we have done in the past, we reiterate the need for the report to be enriched with detailed maps of the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. We believe that it is an unavoidable responsibility of the members of the Security Council to act without delay to ensure that Israel cease its illegal settlement activities..."

  • April 20, 2017. Venezuela (Mr. Moncada), speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "Resolution 2334 was strongly welcomed and endorsed by NAM in its communiqué dated 27 December 2016. The Non-Aligned Movement continues to call for the resolution to be respected and implemented, stressing that it remains central to redressing the situation on the ground, de-escalating tensions and fostering an appropriate environment for the pursuit of peace. In this regard, we welcome the first report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution 2334, as orally delivered to the Security Council by Mr. Nikolay Mladenov. However, we reiterate the need for a substantive written report to be presented in fulfilment of the Council's responsibilities and in support of its duties to advance the resolution's objectives, especially in the light of Israel's continued indifference towards the Security Council and its resolutions."

  • April 20, 2017. Jordan (Sima Bahous, Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "We call on Israel to implement the various legitimate international instruments, of which the most recent is resolution 2334, which calls for halting all settlement activities..."

  • April 20, 2017. Liechtenstein (Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "Those settlements are illegal, in particular under the Geneva Conventions, and the Council has expressed itself accordingly in its resolution 2334."

  • April 20, 2017. Morocco (Abderrazzak Laassel, Deputy Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "Indeed, settlement expansion prevents concrete progress in achieving a two-State solution, and that has been the case even after the adoption of resolution 2334 last December, which Morocco welcomed."

  • April 20, 2017. Brazil(Mr. Vieira) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "As the Council reaffirmed most recently in resolution 2334, all settlement activities are illegal under international law and represent one of the main obstacles to peace between Israel and Palestine."

  • April 20, 2017. Pakistan (Nabeel Munir, Deputy Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "In adopting resolution 2334, the Security Council sent an unequivocal signal to Israel that the settlements in occupied Palestinian territory have no legal validity and remain the major stumbling block to achieving a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East."

  • April 20, 2017. Iran (Gholamali Khoshroo, Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "The Israeli regime has flagrantly violated at least 86 of the resolutions adopted by the Security Council in response to the Israeli regime's repeated acts of aggression and illegal occupation. One can also cite its well-documented atrocities, apartheid policies and war crimes against the Palestinian people. Its violations started with resolution 54 (1948) and, so far, have extended to resolution 2334 on illegal settlement activities."

  • April 20, 2017. Namibia (Neville Melvin Gertze,, Permanent Representative) as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "The Committee notes with regret the spike in illegal settlements and other activities cited in the report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution 2334 and expresses its expectation that future reports will be in a written format and include recommendations that will, inter alia, hold to account those who violate the resolution and compel compliance with its provisions."

  • April 20, 2017. Nicaragua (Jaime Hermida Castillo, Deputy Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "We must make particular mention of the urgent need to implement Security Council resolution 2334 in order to ensure the viability of the twoState solution, which, after 70 years, would ultimately restore the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people."

  • April 20, 2017. Indonesia (Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "In our statement at the open debate last January, my delegation joined those who, while praising resolution 2334, affirmed that the real challenge was in its implementation. We warned - a warning we now reiterate once more - that the failure to implement the resolution would ultimately frustrate the hopes of all Palestinians, as well as of the Israeli majority who simply want to live side by side in peace with their neighbours. The implementation of resolution 2334 is the litmus test of the Council's commitment to peace in the Middle East, for it is the test of its commitment to the two-State solution."

  • April 20, 2017. Bangladesh (Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "The Security Council's adoption of resolution 2334 reaffirmed the illegality of the settlements and prevailed upon Israel to halt further expansion of settlements and cease attempts to legitimize the existing ones. We urge the Council to remain seized of the matter and pursue efforts to ensure cessation of all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, including in and around East Jerusalem."

  • April 20, 2017. Uzbekistan (Mr. Shadiev, Representative), on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "The escalation of illegal Israeli settlement activities in the last few months through the establishment of a new colonialist settlement, along with the adoption of the Israeli regularization law, an illegal scheme aimed at entrenching so-called settlement outposts, are of grave concern and must be condemned. The OIC reaffirms that the continuation of Israeli settlement policy would undermine the territorial integrity, viability and contiguity of a future Palestinian State, let alone the fact that settlement activities are illegal acts constituting flagrant violations of international law and United Nations resolutions, in particular resolution 2334, which unequivocally demanded an end to all such activities. The OIC therefore calls upon the Security Council to ensure the full compliance of Israel, the occupying Power, with its legal obligations under international law. The Council must act to uphold its responsibilities to halt Israeli settlement acts, which have been manifestly and deliberately escalated in the occupied Palestinian territory, especially in and around East Jerusalem. We further appeal for the international community's sustained engagement, as also called for by resolution 2334..."

  • April 20, 2017. Malaysia (Dato' Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Bin Yaakob, Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "We regret the fact that that briefing on the implementation of the landmark resolution was not officially published and circulated in writing as per standard practice. We believe that it is crucial to have this report secured in writing to ensure the effective monitoring and accountability of the parties to the conflict, in line with the goals of resolution 2334. As one of the sponsors of resolution 2334, which was adopted last December with the overwhelming support of Council members and the international community, we reject any attempt to undermine its implementation."

  • April 20, 2017. Maldives (Ms. Zahir, Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "Following the adoption of resolution 2334 - a significant and welcome step forward in the Security Council to address the predicament of the Palestinian people - it is with great concern that my delegation joins this timely debate. While resolution 2334 calls on Israel to take steps to cease all settlement activities in the occupied territory of Palestine, the occupying Power, Israel, continues to blatantly violate international law... The Government of Maldives calls on the occupying Power, Israel, to respect its international obligations, particularly with respect to resolution 2334. The Maldives also...supports the call for a substantive written report in support of the Council's duties to advance the resolution's objectives."

  • April 20, 2017. Turkey (Feridun Hadi Sinirlioǧlu, Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "We all know that those steps will make a difference only if they are fully implemented in good faith. Resolution 2334 placed on record once again the destructive effect of Israel's illegal settlement activities on lasting peace."

  • April 20, 2017. Bahrain (Jamal Fares Alrowaiei, Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "There must be an end to the Israeli occupation throughout the Palestinian territory. In this context, resolution 2334 was a historic turning point, as it calls on Israel to put an end to the settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territories. This was indeed a victory for the Palestinian people, as well as evidence of international consensus, even unanimity, on this issue. The only way to achieve peace is to implement the resolution."

  • April 20, 2017. Chile (Cristián Barros Melet, Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "Chile warmly welcomes the adoption by the Security Council in December of resolution 2334, on all measures aimed at changing the character or status of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem. We agree that the construction and expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory jeopardizes the viability of the two-State solution, which is based on the 1967 borders. We therefore welcome the adoption of resolution 2334. It is now a matter of ensuring the full implementation of the resolution and of all prior agreements...Finally, the Syrian conflict and its ramifications, despite their extreme gravity, should not divert the Council's attention from the Palestinian question or from the need for the full implementation of resolution 2334."

  • April 20, 2017. Iceland (Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "The Security Council took important damage control measures when it adopted resolution 2334 last December...We welcome the first quarterly report by the Secretary-General, delivered orally on 23 March. The monitoring of the implementation of the resolution must continue."

  • April 20, 2017. South Africa (Ephraim Leshala Mminele, Deputy Permanent Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "First, South Africa is of the view that this quarterly debate should not stray from the core Israel-Palestine issue that has been on the Security Council's agenda for over 70 years. While several Security Council resolutions have been previously adopted - including most recently resolution 2334 last December, condemning the establishment of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory - the Council has failed to act decisively on the matter."

  • April 20, 2017. United Arab Emirates (Mr. Al Musharakh, Representative) at the 7929th meeting of the Security Council

    "[W]e echo the call in resolution 2334 for Israel to cease its illegal settlement activities, which pose a major obstacle to the two-State solution."

  • March 24, 2017. Bolivia (Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solíz, Permanent Representative) at the 7908th meeting of the Security Council

    "Bolivia reaffirms its firm commitment to resolution 2334, and we urge all members of the Security Council to join forces to ensure that it is implemented without further delay."

  • February 16, 2017. Bolivia (Luis Mauricio Arancibia Fernández, Representative) at the 7885th meeting of the Security Council

    "The Plurinational State of Bolivia believes that the approval of this regularization bill by the Israeli Government is an act of provocation to the international community and constitutes a blatant violation of resolution 2334, of 23 December 2016. It is vital to recall that the aforementioned resolution was approved by the majority of the members of the Security Council, there having been only one abstention and no vote against... On a previous occasion in this same Chamber, we strongly expressed our repudiation of the fact that the Government of Israel disregards the international community and refuses to guarantee the implementation of each and every one of the resolutions that emanate from this organ of the United Nations and especially resolution 2334."

  • January 17, 2017. Palestinian representative (Riyad Mansour) at the 7863rd meeting of the Security Council

    "The majority have stressed the resolution's significance, politically and legally, and the chance it provides for rectifying course to salvage the two-State solution on the 1967 lines and to open a path towards ending the Israeli occupation that began in 1967...As such, resolution 2334 is clearly pro-peace, pro-international law and pro-two-States, and thus pro-Palestine and pro-Israel. Moreover, resolution 2334 cannot by any sense of reason be characterized as one- sided. The law - on which the resolution is firmly based - is universal and fair and can never be biased... The will of the Council, and of the international community as a whole, to stand by the resolution and implement its provisions will be an indicator of whether the two-State solution can be saved or not and whether peace will be possible or not. To the few appalled by the fact that the Security Council dared to adopt resolution 2334.... It is time for the full implementation of resolution 2334 and all of its provisions. Follow-up must begin immediately and all must uphold their obligations, including each and every member of the Security Council. It is their resolution, and it is their duty to ensure that it is fully implemented. The demands and obligations upon Israel, the occupying Power, are clear and it must be held accountable. The Security Council must implement its resolutions, without exception."

  • January 17, 2017. France (François Delattre, Permanent Representative) at the 7863rd meeting of the Security Council

    "The preservation of the two-State solution is also the goal of resolution 2334, which is an important resolution that the ongoing advances in settlement policy have made urgent and necessary."

  • January 17, 2017. Senegal (Gorgui Ciss, Deputy Permanent Representative) at the 7863rd meeting of the Security Council

    "The crowning achievement is that eight years after the most recent action taken on this subject, the Security Council, which has regularly focused on the intensified and accelerated building of settlements, adopted resolution 2334 last December."

  • January 17, 2017. Russia (Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative) at the 7863rd meeting of the Security Council

    "The general position of the international community has been stated repeatedly. Based on that consensus, we voted in favour of resolution 2334. We believe that the resolution provides a consolidated signal that unilateral efforts are unacceptable..."