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UN assembly passes 6 resolutions on Mideast conflict

Dec. 2, 2011 10:03 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 3, 2011 11:24 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The UN General Assembly passed a series on resolutions on Wednesday it says will address core issues in the conflict between Israel and the Arab World.

Delegates hope the votes will "re-energize efforts to resolve old regional conflicts," a UN press statement said.

The resolutions criticize Israeli settlement building on occupied Palestinian land, back a return to negotiations, and support for UN bodies working on the issue.

Other texts say Israeli decisions to "impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration" on Jerusalem and Syria's Golan Heights, both captured in a 1967 war, are illegal.

Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and United States voted against each of the resolutions.

The US delegate said the assembly "repeatedly singled out Israel without fully acknowledging the responsibility of both sides."

Welcoming the votes, the Palestinian representative called the resolutions a "loud assertion of truth," which would not obstruct any peace talks.

In a year, he hopes to be sitting in the seat of the State of Palestine, the UN statement quoted him saying.
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