In a Press Release on 12 April, the New Zealand First Leader, the Rt Hon Winston Peters, described as a “false claim” the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s confirmation thatsupport for Security Council Resolution 2334 was consistent with established New Zealand policy. In spite of being a lawyer, the NZ First Leader seems unaware of the consistent history of UN Security Resolutions calling for Israel to abide by international law and the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Before making any further statements on the matter, Mr Peters could save himself further embarrassment by first studying the relative UN Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions and New Zealand’s position regarding them.
It would appear that Winston Peters has not studied the UNSCR Resolution, which affirms that Israel’s settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”. The Resolution, quite rightly and consistently, demands that Israel stop such activity in accordance with its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention. There is absolutely nothing new in that.