The Fourth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly adopted today four resolutions in favor of Palestine, including extending the mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the illegality of the Israeli settlements.
While 164 countries voted in favor of a resolution on extending UNRWA's operations, six countries voted against the resolution and five others abstained. 165 countries also voted in favor of a resolution on providing assistance to Palestinian refugees, while ten countries abstained and only Israel voted against.
Meanwhile, 160 countries voted in favor a resolution on the property of the Palestinian refugees and their revenue, while seven countries against the resolution, and seven countries abstained.
In addition, 150 countries voted in favor of a resolution on Israeli settlements and practices in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, while 8 countries voted against the resolution and 14 others abstained.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Maliki welcomed the vote and the international support of the resolutions in favor of Palestine, which will be adopted later by the UN General Assembly.
Al-Maliki said in a statement that the positive vote of the countries comes in light of Israel’s systematic violations against our people and their rights and its lack of commitment to international law.
He said these decisions affirm the legitimate rights of our Palestinian people, foremost of which is the right to self-determination and the right of return of the refugees.