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Palestine's United Nations ambassador hails General Assembly vote as a political victory

Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour addresses the UN General Assembly Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour addresses the UN General Assembly
Deanna Wagner | 19 October, 2018, 07:36

But that vengeance-driven head count - and no ball playing - could be a tedious exercise for the U.S. when 146 out of 193 member states vote to affirm Palestine as the new chairman of the 134-member Group of 77, the largest single coalition of developing countries at the United Nations.

Following the resolution's adoption, most Western countries that voted in favor of the text said their move should not be misconstrued as recognition of the state of Palestine or a statement on its status at the United Nations. The United States, Israel and Australia were the only three countries to oppose the measure in the 193-nation assembly.

Last month the civilized world audibly laughed at Trump as he engaged in another boorish display of Americana at the General Assembly, he added. "Only UN member states should be entitled to speak and act on behalf of major groups of states at the United Nations".

"Today's United Nations mistake undermines the prospects for peace by encouraging the illusion held by some Palestinian leaders that they can advance their goals without direct peace negotiations", said Haley in a statement. The US is one of roughly 50 states that refuse to recognize Palestine, demanding it engage in negotiations with Israel to achieve a lasting peace.

Haley made her remarks following a United Nations.

He said that 16 resolutions on the Palestinian issue would be voted on after the main committees in the UN General Assembly end their work.

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Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian UN ambassador, said after the vote that Palestinians "will spare no effort to prove worthy of this trust" and defend G-77 interests while also engaging "with all partners I repeat with all partners in order to advance cooperation and mutually beneficial agreements for the common good of humanity".

She also recalled that the State of Palestine is not a full member to the United Nations and is not recognized by all of its member states, including the US. Israel captured those territories in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed East Jerusalem in a move not recognized internationally.

In a statement, al-Maliki said Palestine, as the group's next rotating chair, would "strive to unite global efforts - and mobilize regional and worldwide organizations - with a view to serving humanity". Much of what the Organization has achieved in the development sphere is inspired and shaped by the Group of 77, he stressed.

The minister highlighted that Palestine, as next President of G-77 plus China, considers that the global consensus to give its confidence ansd vote to raise its status in the United Nations is a challenge that will become opportunities for the benefit of the bloc and the world.

"The greater challenge is to translate these symbolic victories, important as they may be, into substantive achievements", he declared.