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Thursday, November 24, 2011

UN committee approves draft resolution on Palestine

 Published Wednesday 23/11/2011 (updated) 23/11/2011 22:34
 A girl holds a Palestinian flag as she takes part in a protest against a Jewish
settlement in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem Oct. 28, 2011.
(Reuters/Nir Elia)
NEW YORK (Ma’an) -- A United Nations committee on Tuesday approved a draft resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

The draft resolution, presented by Egypt, was approved by 166 states in a vote at the UN General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee.

Canada, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and the United States voted against the resolution.

The resolution states that the Palestinian people have the right to self-determination and the right to an independent state. It urges all states, agencies and organizations to support and assist the Palestinian people to realize that right.

It also stressed the urgent need for the resumption of the peace process to achieve a two-state solution which preserved "the territorial unity, contiguity and integrity of all of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem."

Palestinian representative Nadia Rashid spoke after the vote and thanked member states for their support.

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