Malaysia wel­comes move to pro­tect Pales­tini­ans

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has wel­comed the adop­tion of a res­o­lu­tion by the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly call­ing for greater pro­tec­tion for Pales­tini­ans.

The res­o­lu­tion, adopted at an emer­gency spe­cial ses­sion on Wed­nes­day, also de­plored any use of “ex­ces­sive, dis­pro­por­tion­ate and in­dis­crim­i­nate” force by the Is­raeli mil­i­tary against Pales­tinian civil­ians, par­tic­u­larly in the Gaza Strip.

The res­o­lu­tion was adopted by a vote of 120 in favour, eight against and 45 ab­sten­tions.

The For­eign Min­istry said on Thurs­day that Malaysia co-spon­sored and voted in favour of the res­o­lu­tion, in line with its long-stand­ing and un­wa­ver­ing sup­port for the Pales­tinian cause.

“Malaysia has al­ways been a strong pro­po­nent of the Pales­tinian cause and re­mains stead­fast in voic­ing its sup­port for the restora­tion of the in­alien­able rights of the Pales­tini­ans, in­clud­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­de­pen­dent and sov­er­eign state of Pales­tine based on pre-1967 bor­ders, with East Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal.

“Malaysia will con­tinue to play an ac­tive role as a UN mem­ber state in con­tribut­ing to­wards ef­forts to ad­dress the un­der­ly­ing is­sues and to at­tain a just, last­ing and peace­ful so­lu­tion to the Pales­tinian-Is­raeli con­flict,” it said.

The res­o­lu­tion would re­quire the UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral to sub­mit a writ­ten re­port within 60 days of its adop­tion, with rec­om­men­da­tions for the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­ter­na­tional pro­tec­tion mech­a­nism for Pales­tinian civil­ians.

Malaysia had also co-spon­sored and voted in favour of the res­o­lu­tion on the Sta­tus of Jerusalem at the Gen­eral As­sem­bly emer­gency spe­cial ses­sion on Dec 21 last year.

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A sign­board show­ing the re­sults of the vote to con­demn Is­raeli ac­tions in Gaza in the United Na­tion’s Gen­eral As­sem­bly in New York on Wed­nes­day.

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