UN General Assembly majority vote for Palestinians right to self-determination

(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted on a resolution regarding Palestinian people’s right in self-determination, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

According to a statement released by the Palestinian delegation at the UN, 168 countries voted for the resolution, while five countries voted against; including, Israel, USA, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Belau. 10 countries abstained from voting.

The delegation said that “this resolution reaffirms the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, including the right to an independent Palestinian state, and urges all states, UN specialized agencies, and organizations to continue to support and assist the Palestinian people to achieve their right to self-determination as soon as possible.”

“The resolution further stresses the urgent need to put an end without delay to the Israeli occupation … and to achieve a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace settlement between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, based on the relevant UN resolutions, the Madrid conference, the Arab Peace Initiative and the road map for peace to find a permanent two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the delegation added.

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Maliki contended that “the consensus of the nations of the world on the right of self-determination of the Palestinian people through their vote on the relevant resolution constitutes an international failure of Israel and a response to all its practices and crimes." 

Maliki commended states that had voted in favor of the resolution, underscoring that self-determination is the foundation of all rights; especially for the Palestinian people who have long been under the colonial occupation and apartheid rule. He also called on the international community to establish hands-on mechanisms to enable Palestinians to obtain all their rights.

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