US vetoes UN condemnation of Israeli wall

15 October 2003
The US on 14 October vetoed an Arab-sponsored UN Security Council resolution condemning the planned extension of the 'security fence', which runs through parts of the West Bank. The building of the wall will allow for the construction of additional 600 homes on occupied land. Ten council members voted in favour of the resolution, Britain, Germany, Bulgaria and Cameroon abstained, and the US vetoed the draft. This is the second time in recent weeks that the US has vetoed an Arab-sponsored draft. An earlier resolution demanded that Israel stop its threats against Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. 'We have seen tonight the second US veto in less than a month that again casts a large shadow on the possibility for the United States to exercise the role of a mediator or a broker of the Middle East peace process,' said Palestinian envoy to UN Nasser al-Kidwa. The Security Council vote followed a six-hour public meeting during which ambassadors from dozens of countries denounced Israeli plans to extend the wall (MEED 9:10:03).

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