Palestine's UN ambassador hails UNGA vote as 'political victory'

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In 2012, the General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine when it upgraded the Palestinian Authority's United Nations observer status to non-member state - like the Vatican - from entity. "Only UN member states should be entitled to speak and act on behalf of major groups of states at the United Nations". Twenty-nine countries did not vote.

"The Palestinians are not a UN Member State or any state at all".

Beginning in 2019, "Palestine" will assume the presidency of Group 77 and as such will be able to co-sponsor proposals and amendments, make statements, raise procedural motions and give rights of reply.

"We strongly oppose the Palestinian election as chair of the G77 as well as this so-called enabling resolution", U.S. Deputy UN Ambassador Jonathan Cohen said. The G-77 has recognized Palestine as a member since 1976.

Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour sits while members of the United Nations General Assembly vote on whether to allow the Palestinians to procedurally act like a member state during meetings in 2019 when they will chair the group of 77 developing nations at the United Nations in NY, U.S., October 16, 2018.

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In her statement Haley noted that the USA had voted against the decision because it considers such a move harmful to achieving peace between the Palestinians and Israelis.

"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".

The envoy of Egypt, the current chair and the penholder of the resolution, said while introducing the text that as Palestine remains a non-member observer state of the United Nations, the rights and privileges it enjoys vary from one UN organ to another. "In fact, today's vote does nothing to help the Palestinian people", said Haley.

The State of Palestine will "spare no effort to prove worthy of this trust in its capacity to represent and defend the interests of the Group of 77", he said, adding that his delegation will engage constructively with all partners to "advance cooperation and mutually beneficial agreements for the common good of humanity".

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.

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