Ma'an News Agency
February 22, 2011 - 1:00am

Palestinian Authority Prime Minster Salam Fayyad on Sunday said the US veto of a UN anti-settlement resolution was a clear obstruction to Palestinian efforts to end Israel's occupation.

All 14 other Security Council member states voted in favor of the resolution condemning illegal settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land.

US President Barack Obama's administration used its veto to torpedo the motion after Obama failed to convince President Mahmoud Abbas to abandon the resolution in a last minute appeal.

Fayyad denounced what he said was an ongoing policy of double standards in Washington, in a speech at the inauguration of a school in Jenin.

"Principles cannot be divided and those who used the veto must know that the right of our people to freedom is an absolute right," he said.

The Ramallah premier added that the veto should have been used against illegal settlements, settler terrorism, home demolitions and the occupation.

A more serious and effective intervention was needed from the international community to end Israel's violations of international law, he said.


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