The United Nations has strongly adopted resolutions calling for self-determination of Palestine and an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories since 1967.
The resolution was approved on Thursday by the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee – the committee that deals with human rights and humanitarian affairs. It passed 163 to 5, with 10 abstentions.
Those who voted against were: The United States, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Nauru also opposed the resolution.
Australia, Cameroon, Guatemala, Honduras, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Togo and Tonga all abstained.
The resolution emphasizes “the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent Palestinian State” and “emphasizes the importance of achieving without delay the end of the Israeli occupation which began in 1967 and a just, lasting and comprehensive settlement of peace between the Palestinian and Israeli parties,” based on a two state solution.
It is part of a large package of 20 pro-Palestinian resolutions passed by the General Assembly each year.
The Palestinian Mission thanked countries for supporting their right to self-determination. He rejected accusations that such UN resolutions were problematic.
“Support for this resolution is the only possible option for any country that believes in international law. The right to self-determination is enshrined in the UN charter, “he said.
Many UN countries have also fallen victim to colonialism and thus have something in common with the Palestinian cause, he continued, adding: “The problem is not a UN resolution: The problem is a lack of implementation,” he said.
“A two-state solution based on pre-1967 lines is an essential element for peace with Israel, and therefore all countries have an obligation not to support Israeli actions during the pre-1967 lines,” he said adding: “There is no doubt that the last day of Israeli occupation is over our land will be the first day of peace for all. “
UN resolutions reaffirm the people’s right to self-determination
Meanwhile, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Third Committee on social, humanitarian and cultural issues on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution on the right to self-determination of all people.
Jointly sponsored by 71 countries, the resolution, proposed by Pakistan, was adopted without a vote in the Assembly’s 193-member Third Committee. The resolution, which has been sponsored by Pakistan since 1981, serves to focus the world’s attention on the struggles of the people who are still fighting for their inalienable right to self-determination, including in Kashmir and Palestine.
The resolution also declared the General Assembly’s unequivocal rejection of acts of foreign military intervention, aggression and occupation, as this resulted in the suppression of the people’s right to self-determination and other human rights in certain parts of the world.
He called on the countries responsible to immediately stop their military intervention in and occupation of foreign countries and territories, as well as all acts of oppression, discrimination, exploitation and persecution. The resolution also deplores the plight of the millions of refugees and displaced persons who have been removed as a result of these actions and reaffirms their right to return to their homes voluntarily in safety and respect.
He urged the Human Rights Council to pay special attention to violations of human rights, especially the right to self-determination, as a result of military intervention, aggression or foreign occupation. He also asked the Secretary General to report to the next General Assembly Session on this question.
– Abdus Sattar Ghazali is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of America (www.journalofamerica.net) email: asghazali2011 (@) gmail.com