Palestine’s UN ambassador hails General Assembly vote as a political victory

RAMALLAH, Wednesday, Palestine’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, Wednesday hailed as a new political victory the United Nations General Assembly vote in favor of a resolution granting the State of Palestine additional powers to be able to assume the chairmanship of the Group of 77 plus China, with 146 votes in favor, three opposed – Israel, the United States and Australia – and 15 abstentions.

Mansour told the official Voice of Palestine radio that the General Assembly vote confirms the international community’s confidence in the State of Palestine and its ability to lead 134 countries and negotiate about 70 percent of the UN agenda issues that are of concern to humanity in general and to help developing countries develop their economy.

He said that the international community’s vote, among them most of the European countries, in favor of the resolution is recognition of the status of Palestine and recognition of the need to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory, as well as recognizes the right of Palestine to full membership of the United Nations. Currently Palestine is a non-member state.

Mansour, meanwhile, said an open session will be held on Thursday in the UN Security Council to discuss the political situation and that the member states will express the international consensus for an end to the Israeli occupation and for support of the two-state solution and that East Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Palestine and that it is an occupied land. The open session will also stress support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the refugee issue.

He said that 16 resolutions on the Palestinian issue would be voted on after the main committees in the UN General Assembly end their work.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency