UN General Assembly votes to back Palestinian self-determination right

NEW YORK– The United Nations General Assembly voted on Tuesday with an overwhelming majority in favour of a resolution that supports the Palestinian people’s right for self determination.

Only the US, Canada, Israel and another seven member nations out of a total 193 rejected the move, which also affirms maintaining Palestinian lands occupied in 1967.

The decision comes a day after the US vetoed an Egyptian-drafted Security Council resolution calling to declare President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or alter the character or demographics of the holy city “null and void.” Arab states will once again table the draft at the General Assembly on Thursday backed by Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Non-Aligned Movement countries.

The Egyptian proposal also calls on the international community “to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions” in Jerusalem in accordance with Security Council resolution 478 of 1980.

Source: Kuwait News Agency