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Remarks at a Security Council Debate on the Middle East

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
April 21, 2011


Reuters soundbite:

"Let me say a word about settlements: Like every U.S. administration for decades, we do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity. We have long urged both parties to avoid actions, including in Jerusalem that could undermine trust or prejudge negotiations. The fate of existing settlements must be dealt with by the parties along with the other permanent status issues."

"We are also deeply concerned about reports that groups are organizing another flotilla that will attempt to float to Gaza, ostensibly to delivery humanitarian assistance. The recent seizures of advanced weaponry underscore that Israel has clear security interests regarding cargo bound for Gaza. There are existing mechanisms to deliver goods to Gaza and there is no justification for attempts to sail directly to Gaza." Full Text»

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