UN Set to Delay Controversial Report Listing Companies with Ties to Israeli Settlements

A picture taken on November 17, 2016 shows a general view of houses in the settlement of Ofra in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, established in the vicinity of the Palestinian village of Baytin (background). / AFP / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
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(REUTERS) — A United Nations report on establishing a database of companies with business interests in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank is set to be delayed until later this year, diplomats and activists said on Friday.

The U.N. human rights office had been due to present its first report on the politically charged issue at a session that opens on Feb. 27, which Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is also due to address. But the report is not ready and will be deferred for many months, at least until September, the sources said, adding that an announcement was expected on Monday.

“There is a need for more time, it is a very complex issue,” a Western diplomat told Reuters. “You need to have a clear vision of how you list the companies, what is the exact criteria.”

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