NEW YORK – The UN Security Council has rejected a Palestinian resolution regarding peace with Israel within a year and an end to Israel’s occupation by 2017.
The resolution failed to take the minimum nine votes in its favor which were required in the council for adoption.
Russia and France also gave yes for the resolution whereas US and Australia voted against it and five abstentions votes were counted.
Here is the official tweet of UN about Palestine resolution
Security Council draft resolution on Palestinian question not adopted. Vote: 8 in favour; 2 (USA, AUS) against; 5 abstentions
— United Nations (@UN) December 30, 2014
Riyad Mansour, Palestinian ambassador to the UN, criticized the world body for the failure of the vote.
He said “The Security Council has once again failed to uphold its charter duties to address this crises and to meaningfully contribute to a lasting solution in accordance with its own resolutions.”
He further added that “This year, our people under Israeli occupation endured the further theft and colonization of their land, the demolition of their homes, daily military raids, arrests and detention of thousands of civilians including children, rampant settler terrorism, constant affronts to their human dignity and repeated incursions at our holiest sites.”
However Samantha Power – the US ambassador to the UN – said the resolution undermined efforts to achieve two states for two people.
She said “It is deeply imbalanced and contains many elements that are not conducive to negotiations between the parties including nonconstructive deadlines that take no account for Israelis legitimate security concerns.”
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