Palestine applauds the UN's decision on the right to self-determination

RAMALLAH: Palestine has welcomed the UN General Assembly's Third Committee's agreement on the Palestinian people's right to self-determination. According to a press release from the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 158 UN member states voted in favour of the resolution, 10 abstentions, and six votes against it.

"Palestine welcomes the resolution's overwhelming support," the statement said. It went on to say that the right to self-determination is the foundation of all rights, "particularly for Palestinians who have been subjected to a long-term Israeli occupation." In the June 1967 Middle East war, Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians claim, and has controlled them ever since. Since then, Palestinians have sought self-determination in order to create a separate state based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The right of all peoples to self-determination was first enshrined in the United Nations Charter. It has, however, sparked a lot of discussion and controversy. In international law, both the content of the right and who can assert it are still evolving.

 

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