New York: The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a draft resolution entitled “The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination”, where 177 countries voted in favor of the resolution.
The resolution reaffirmed the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including their right to have an independent State, and urged all states, specialized agencies and organizations of the UN system to continue to support the Palestinian people and help them achieve their right to self-determination as soon as possible.
According to the resolution, the General Assembly confirmed the urgent need to end, without delay, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories and to achieve a peaceful, just, lasting and comprehensive agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis.
All of the agreements, according to the General Assembly, should be based on the UN resolutions, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the road map drawn up by the Quartet.
The resolution also pointed out the conclusion of the International Court of Justice in the advisory opinion of 9 July 2004, that states that the construction of the Apartheid Wall by the Israeli government is one of the main causes that severely impedes the right of the Palestinians to self-determination.
Seven countries had opposed the decision: Israel, United States, Canada, Palau, Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Nauru. And four countries abstained the voting: Cameroon, Tonga, South Sudan and Côte d’Ivoire.
After the vote, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour stated that this semi-unanimous vote reaffirms the determination of the international community that the Palestinian people exercise their right to self-determination. It confirms once again that the intensive efforts made by Israel – the occupying power – in order to change this reality and convince the international community of the contrary, has miserably failed.