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NEWS: UN Affirms Palestine Right to a Sovereign State over West Bank, Gaza & East Jerusalem

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posted on May, 6 2004 @ 08:31 PM
In a 140-6 vote with 11 absentions, the United Nations General Assemby approved a resolution affirming the Palestinians' right to sovereignty over the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. The Palestinians urged for the resolution after President Bush's support of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon disengagement planlwhich would allow Israel to retain some Jewish settlements on the West Bank and limit Palestinian refugee returns in a final peace deal.

General Assembly Affirms Palestinian Right to Sovereignty Over West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem
Calling the resolution "inappropriate and ill-timed," U.S. deputy ambassador James Cunningham said it "will detract from and not enhance efforts for peace." He stressed that at Tuesday's meeting, the so-called Quartet stated that "no party should seek to take unilateral actions."

But Nasser Al-Kidwa, the Palestinian U.N. observer, said the Sharon-Bush letters violated international law and represented "an attempt to confer legitimacy on some of Israel's illegal settlements" and negate the rights of Palestinian refugees.

"The issue is the land and the military occupation of that land for nearly 37 years," he said. "It is about Israel's refusal to end this occupation and refusal to adhere to international law."

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[Edited on 5-6-2004 by worldwatcher]


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