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UN approves Palestinian’s right to self-determination

The Palestinian Authority has welcomed a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly reaffirming Palestinian’s right to self-determination.

This resolution was adopted during a session of the third committee of the UN General Assembly and is considered a rebuke of the US’s decision to accept the legitimacy of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

In total, 165 states voted in favour of the resolution, five against, and nine abstained.

Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, maintained the need for the international community to support Palestinians' right of self-determination and bring an end to illegal Israeli settlements.

Al-Malik stated that Palestinian diplomacy “will topple all attempts to undermine the Palestinian people's right to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital and return to their homes”.

Read Xinhua’s reporting here.