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General Assembly Calls for Launching Credible Talks on Final Status Issues, Respecting Historic Status Quo of Jerusalem Holy Sites

Jerusalem24 – Adopting three resolutions by recorded vote on the questions of Palestine and the Middle East, the General Assembly called for respect for the historic status quo at the holy places of Jerusalem and stressed the need to urgently exert collective efforts to launch credible negotiations on all final status issues in the Middle East peace process.

Through the terms of the text titled “Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine”, the Assembly reiterated its call for the achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.  By further terms, it also called upon Israel to cease all unilateral actions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and called upon all States not to recognize any changes to the pre‑1967 borders and not to render aid or assistance to illegal settlement activities.

Also adopted was a resolution titled “Jerusalem”, in which the Assembly reiterated its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal.  Recalling the 2015 Security Council press statement on Jerusalem, in which the Council called for upholding unchanged the historic status quo at the Haram al‑Sharif, the Assembly stressed that a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the question of the City of Jerusalem should take into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

By the terms of a resolution titled “The Syrian Golan”, the Assembly declared that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan is null and void and demanded that Israel withdraw from the territory.

The UN General Assembly voted by a majority on resolution A/76/L.14 entitled “Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine”, with 148 countries voting in favor, 9 against and 14 abstaining. The resolution affirms the achievement of a just and comprehensive settlement of the question of Palestine to reach comprehensive peace and stability in the Middle East.

As for the resolution entitled “Jerusalem” or A/76/L.16, 129 members voted in favor, 11 opposed, and 31 abstained. This resolution calls for an end to incitement, especially in religiously sensitive sites, with the need to preserve the historical and legal status quo in the holy city.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riyad Malki, today welcomed the United Nations General Assembly vote by a majority in favor of two resolutions related to the Palestinian issue, one related to Jerusalem and the other to a peaceful settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Malki stressed in a statement the importance of the vote on Jerusalem at this particular time when the city is being Judaized, its land stolen and its Palestinian residents displaced by force.

While the Foreign Minister thanked the countries that voted in favor of the resolution, he criticized the countries that voted against it, those that abstained, and the countries that attempted to sway others to vote against, accusing them of lacking principles.

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