Arab League Welcomed UN Resolution Backing Palestine’s Bid For Membership

Arab League Welcomed UN Resolution Backing Palestine’s Bid For Membership

CAIRO, May 12 (NNN-MENA) – Arab League (AL) Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, welcomed yesterday, the resolution recently adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), supporting the Palestinian bid to become a full UN member.

“The overwhelming vote in favour of the resolution clearly indicates the compass of global will and the direction of international public opinion,” Aboul-Gheit was cited as saying, in a statement released by the Cairo-based, pan-Arab organisation.

On Friday, the UNGA overwhelmingly adopted a resolution declaring Palestine’s eligibility for a full UN membership.

Adopted with 143 votes in favour, nine against, including the United States and Israel, and 25 abstentions, the resolution states that “the State of Palestine… should therefore be admitted to membership” and “recommends that the Security Council reconsider the matter favourably.”

The AL chief said, the move “reflects the reality of Palestine’s eligibility to obtain an independent state, and it also sends the right message to the Palestinians, at a time when they are exposed to a full-fledged tragedy,” referring to the ongoing Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Aboul-Gheit stressed that, “countries convinced of the two-state solution must accelerate steps to transform this vision into reality,” adding that, “the recognition of the Palestinian state and its full membership in the UN represent important steps on this path.”

He underlined the importance of continuing diplomatic pressures on the countries providing “political cover for Israel” within the UN.

The recent resolution came, after the United States vetoed last month, a bid at the Security Council, to grant the Palestinian state a full UN membership.– NNN-MENA


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