United Nations vote raises Palestinians' status

Elias Hubbard
October 19, 2018

The vast majority of Group of 77 members have gotten in line to ask Nikki Haley, and by extension the "hidden genius", Jared Von Metternich, to take down their names and note that they categorically reject U.S. policy on Palestine and on the broader objectives the Trump administration is seeking to achieve, he said.

The US envoy added that Palestine is not "eligible to be admitted as a UN Member State".

"Today's United Nations mistake undermines the prospects for peace by encouraging the illusion held by some Palestinian leaders that they can advance their goals without direct peace negotiations", Haley said in a statement.

U.S. Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Cohen had urged the assembly to vote against the resolution saying that "we can not support efforts by the Palestinians to enhance their status outside of direct negotiations".

"Today's United Nations mistake undermines the prospects for peace by encouraging the illusion held by some Palestinian leaders that they can advance their goals without direct peace negotiations", Haley said in a statement following the vote.

Al-Malki said "Palestine would work very hard to unite world efforts as well as regional and worldwide groups to serve humanity, thus contributing to the reduction of all negative phenomena that impede the rights of peoples and deprive them and their countries of progress and growth". "The Assembly set out those terms in a resolution (document A/73/L.5) adopted by a recorded vote of 146 in favor to 3 against (Australia, Israel, United States), with 15 abstentions".

Egypt, the current chair of the so-called Group of 77, told the assembly before the vote that because the Palestinians are from a non-member observer state at the UN, a resolution is required to give it "the rights and capacity required" to head the 135-nation group that includes China. Australia was the only other country to vote against it.

He stressed that Palestine would spare no effort to prove its competence to represent and defend the G77 and China, while also engaging constructively and transparently nwith all partners.

The minister highlighted that Palestine, as next President of G-77 plus China, considers that the worldwide consensus to give its confidence ansd vote to raise its status in the United Nations is a challenge that will become opportunities for the benefit of the bloc and the world. Israel captured those territories in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed East Jerusalem in a move not recognized internationally.

The resolution gives the Palestinians, who take up the year-long chair in January, additional rights such as the authority to submit proposals on behalf of the G77 and request that they be put to the vote. However, as a non-member state, the Palestinians can not speak in meetings until after member states, diplomats said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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