2nd U.S. Veto 

On 21 March 1997, the U.S. cast a second veto in the Security Council, in less than two weeks, on the issue of illegal Israeli settlements, in particular the construction of a settlement in Jabal Abu Ghneim to the south of Occupied East Jerusalem. (The first veto was cast on 7 March 1997.) The European effort to reach consensus on a presidential statement was received positively by the Arab Group, but in the end it was rejected by the U.S., which led to a vote on the draft resolution.

Below is the text of that vetoed draft resolution, which was cosponsored by Egypt (the Arab member of the Security Council) and Qatar (Chairman of the Arab Group for the month of March):

The Security Council,

Recalling its relevant resolutions, in particular those concerning Jerusalem and Israeli settlements,

Aware of General Assembly resolution 51/223 of 13 March 1997,

Stressing its support for the Middle East Peace Process and the need for the implementation of the agreements and commitments reached,

1. Demands that Israel immediately cease construction of the Jabal Abu Ghneim settlement in East Jerusalem, as well as all other Israeli settlement activities in the occupied territories;

2. Requests the Secretary-General to submit a report on the developments in this regard.