GA Approves Draft Resolution “The Right of the Palestinian People to Self-determination” – Press Release (GA/12231) (Excerpts)


18 DECEMBER 2019



Action on Third Committee Draft Resolutions


The Assembly also adopted draft resolution II titled, “The right of the Palestinian people to self‑determination” (document A/C.3/74/L.58), by a recorded vote of 167 in favour to 5 against (Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, United States), with 11 abstentions, reaffirming the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including to their independent State of Palestine.  It also urged all States and United Nations specialized agencies to continue to support and assist Palestinians in the early realization of their right to self-determination.


The representative of Canada said his country is a close friend of Israel and is strongly committed to the goal of peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian State.  Thus, Canada supported the resolution, and strongly supports international consensus on a two‑State solution.  This is particularly important when the prospect of two States for two peoples is increasingly under threat.  However, he expressed concern that resolutions on the topic unfairly single out Israel for criticism, and do not indicate the destructive role played by terrorist organizations.  The international community should channel its efforts towards a lasting peace instead.


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