For immediate release: Thursday 22nd December 2016

Attn: News desks / Foreign Correspondents

ALEX SALMOND: CALL FOR UK TO BACK UN RESOLUTION AGAINST ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS

Alex Salmond MP has called on the Foreign Secretary to show support for a proposed United Nations resolution against the expansion of Israeli Settlements in the West Bank, which was expected to be voted on this evening. 

In a letter to Boris Johnson, the SNP's Foreign Affairs Spokesperson calls on the UK government to support the Egyptian resolution at the UN Security Council, arguing the expansion of Israeli settlements would jeopardise the peace process. 

With the United States’ position publicly in doubt, the resolution has reportedly been pulled by its sponsor, Egypt, and it is unclear when or even if it would be brought back.

Commenting, Alex Salmond MP said:

"The expansion of Israeli settlements within the West Bank are an obstruction to the pursuit of a peace process in the region. 
"I have called on Boris Johnson to support this resolution, put forward by the Egyptians. The vote is expected to be supported by the French.
"The expansion of settlements in the West Bank make it an unviable option for a future state within the Two -state-solution, which the UK government has also said is its preferred solution."

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