General Assembly Adopts Third Committee Resolution “The right of the Palestinian People to Self‑determination” – Press Release (GA/12304) (Excerpts)


16 DECEMBER 2020



Next, the Assembly turned to the report titled “Right of Peoples to self-Determination” (document A/75/477), containing three draft resolutions.


By a recorded vote of 168 in favour to 5 against (Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, United States), with 10 abstentions, the Assembly then adopted draft resolution II, “The right of the Palestinian people to self‑determination”, reaffirming the right of the Palestinian people to self‑determination, including to their independent State of Palestine.  It urged all States and United Nations specialized agencies to continue to assist Palestinians in the early realization of this right.

The representative of Canada, explaining her country’s position, said Canada is a strong ally and a close friend to Israel.  Canada is also committed to the goal of comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of the Palestinian State living alongside in peace and security with Israel.  Canada’s vote is a reflection of its long‑standing commitment to the right of self‑determination for both Palestinians and Israelis.  While disagreeing with some preambular paragraphs, Canada will support this resolution, she asserted.


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