SEVENTY-FIFTH SESSION, 5TH MEETING (PM)
GA/EF/3542
18 NOVEMBER 2020

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The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today approved 15 draft resolutions, voting on five of them, including one emphasizing the disruption COVID-19 has had on open‑market functioning, global supply chains and the flow of essential goods, as well as services.

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Addressing that text, Syria’s delegate said Israel is using the Committee to convince the international community that it supports sustainable development, while undermining sustainable development in the Golan and Palestine.  The representative of Mauritius, speaking for the Arab Group, said the Israeli occupation continues to hamper Palestinian development and violates their human rights, hindering the very spirit of entrepreneurship.

Votes were also cast on a text titled “Palestine Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, cease the exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment of the natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan”.  The text was approved in a recorded vote of 153 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, United States), with 16 abstentions.

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Addressing that text, Syria’s delegate said Israel is using the Committee to convince the international community that it supports sustainable development, while undermining sustainable development in the Golan and Palestine.  The representative of Mauritius, speaking for the Arab Group, said the Israeli occupation continues to hamper Palestinian development and violates their human rights, hindering the very spirit of entrepreneurship.

Votes were also cast on a text titled “Palestine Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, cease the exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment of the natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan”.  The text was approved in a recorded vote of 153 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, United States), with 16 abstentions.

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The Committee then took action on a text titled “Permanent Sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources” (document A/C.2/75/L.35), approving it in a recorded vote of 153 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, United States), with 16 abstentions

Speaking before the vote, the representative of the United States expressed disappointment that the Committee was taking up an unbalanced resolution that is biased against one Member State.  His country will vote against the resolution, he said, encouraging others to do so.

Also speaking before the vote, the representative of Israel said the Committee has spent years on this resolution, and that its contents have also appeared in various other documents and Committee proceedings.  While corruption in Palestine is a big hindrance to sustainable development, it insists on spending countless millions of United Nations dollars on meetings and documents to further its cause.  Even now, with the Organization’s resources stretched thin in the midst of a global pandemic, the resolution appears with the same wording it has had for years.  He encouraged others to join Israel in voting against the draft.

The representative of the United Kingdom noted that the use of the term Palestine does not imply recognition of the State of Palestine.

The observer for the State of Palestine said the vote was a resounding reaffirmation of the inalienable right of the Palestinian and Syrian people over their resources, including land, water and energy, in accordance with international law.  He noted it expressed concern over the grave environmental impact of destruction of agriculture by Israel, including uprooting trees.  The international community cannot remain silent or indifferent in view of Israel’s activities, as it is long overdue for the world to stand on principle and demand an end to the occupation.

The representative of Syria said Israel is confiscating water resources for its own settlements and building wind turbines on farms that are the property of Syrian inhabitants, significantly limiting expansion by Syrian villages.  The occupying Power continues looting Syrian territories, also forming partnerships with companies to prospect for oil in the Golan.

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