UN General Assembly adopts six resolutions on Middle East conflict

December 1, 2010 10:23 am 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 1 — The UN General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly adopted six draft resolutions regarding the question of Palestine.

The United States and Israel, along with a few other countries, voted against the draft resolutions at the end of a two-day General Assembly meeting to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The first draft resolution affirmed the "inalienable rights" of the Palestinian people and stated "permanent responsibility" of the UN to support the Middle East peace process and a two-State solution to the Middle East question, which would mandate a secure Israel and an independent Palestinian State to live side by side in peace.

A second draft resolution pledged continuing support for the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Division for Palestinian Rights of the UN Secretariat.

Another draft resolution affirmed the illegality of Israeli occupation of the disputed Golan Heights area, which is on the border of Israel and Syria.

Another drew attention to the status of Jerusalem, which Israel proclaimed as its capital city. The resolution views such a proclamation as "null and void," and an alteration of the character and status of Jerusalem as a Holy City.

The draft resolution stresses that "a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the question of the city of Jerusalem should take into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and Israeli sides."

Two other resolutions affirmed the importance of civil society organizations in the pursuit of a peaceful two-State solution and the inadmissibility of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory, respectively. (PNA/Xinhua)

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