Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki speaks during a press conference at the United Nations headquarters on May 20, 2021 in New York City. (ANGELA WEISS / AFP)
RAMALLAH – Palestine has welcomed the UN General Assembly's adoption of four resolutions in favor of Palestine, including one deeming the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories illegal.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said in a press statement on Friday that Palestine welcomed the UN vote in favor of the resolution and the international support in this regard.
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These decisions affirm the legitimate rights of our Palestinian people, foremost of which is the right to self-determination and the right of Palestinian (refugees) to return to their homes.
Riyad Al-Maliki, Foreign Minister, Palestine
The positive results "came in light of Israel's systematic violations against our people's rights and its lack of commitment to international law," he said.
Al-Maliki added that "these decisions affirm the legitimate rights of our Palestinian people, foremost of which is the right to self-determination and the right of Palestinian (refugees) to return to their homes."
On Friday, the UN General Assembly Fourth Committee adopted four resolutions on Israeli-Palestinian issues, with two in favor of extending the mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and providing assistance to Palestinian refugees.
The rest two are in favor of the property of the Palestinian refugees and their revenue and against Israeli settlements and practices in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem and the occupied Syrian Golan.
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The Palestinians want to establish an independent Palestinian state of the territories occupied by Israeli in 1967, including the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem as its capital.