Senators Urge President to Veto One-Sided U.N. Resolutions

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September 19, 2016
Senators Urge President to Veto One-Sided U.N. Resolutions

AIPAC commends the 88 senators who signed a bipartisan letter today urging President Obama to maintain long-standing U.S. policy and veto any one-sided United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. The letter cites President Obama's 2011 General Assembly address in which he said, "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations." Instead, the senators express, "The only way to resolve the conflicts between the two is through direct negotiations." The letter was initiated by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mike Rounds (R-SD).

The letter cautions that the international community should "avoid taking action that would harm the prospects for meaningful progress." It adds: "Even well-intentioned initiatives at the United Nations risk locking the parties into positions that will make it more difficult to return to the negotiating table and make the compromises necessary for peace. The United States remains an indispensable trusted mediator between the parties, and we must continue to insist that neither we nor any other outsider substitute for the parties to the conflict."

In April 2016, 394 members of the House of Representatives signed a bipartisan letter similarly urging President Obama to oppose U.N. initiatives that circumvent direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and seek to impose a solution.

The Senate letter can be found here.
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