Occupied Palestine, ALRAY - Failing to issue a statement denouncing US stance regarding the legality of settlements, all members of the UN Security Council — except the US — rejected Washington's decision to no longer consider settlements a violation of international law. Four European nations said the move hindered peace efforts.
The UN Security Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly opposed the recent US policy shift on Israeli settlements.
The council's monthly meeting on the Middle East came just two days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would no longer consider Israeli settlements to be a violation of international law, reversing US policy consensus that lasted four decades.
Vatican announced that US decision to consider Israeli settlements in West Bank as legal, threatens the peace process and stability in the region.
Swedish Churches Association criticized US considering Israeli settlement legal , calling for a two-state solution.
Mladenov opened the council meeting expressing ''regret'' over the US decision and reiterating a December 2016 UN council resolution were ''a flagrant violation under international law.''
Prior to the meeting, the UK, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland also released a joint statement calling on Israel ''to end all settlement activity, in line with its obligations as an occupying power,'' saying such activity ''erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace.''
The chief Palestinian delegate at the UN, Riyad Mansour, was also at the meeting and took a jab at the US decision, saying Donald Trump's administration had again made "another illegal announcement on Israeli settlements in order to sabotage any chance to achieve peace, security and stability."
Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said that the EU have to recognize the Palestinian state after the US announcement.
" recognizing Palestine as a state is not a favor or an authorization, it is the right of Palestinian people.