Palestine is welcomed to the UN by 143 countries – including Norway

Palestine is welcomed to the UN by 143 countries – including Norway
Palestine is welcomed to the UN by 143 countries – including Norway

143 countries voted for, nine against and 25 abstained from voting when the UN General Assembly voted on a resolution on Palestinian UN membership before the weekend.
Photo: Derek French / SOPA / NTB

The UN General Assembly is now pressuring the Security Council to recognize Palestine as a full UN member. In anticipation of this, Palestine gets more rights in the UN as a result of 143 member states voting for a historic UN resolution on Friday.

An overwhelming majority in the UN General Assembly voted in favor of the resolution, which states that Palestine meets all requirements to become a UN member and that the Security Council should favor Palestinian membership, at an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday.

Of the countries that voted on the resolution, there were a total of 143 votes in favour, 25 blank votes and nine votes against – including Israel and the USA.

This is how the countries voted:

  • 143 countries voted in favor, including Norway
  • 25 countries abstained: Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Paraguay, Moldova, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine , Great Britain, Germany, Austria and Vanuatu
  • Nine countries voted against: Israel, USA, Argentina, Czech Republic, Hungary, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Palau

– You welcome a terrorist state, said Israel’s UN ambassador Gilad Erdan after the vote, adding that the UN is thereby opening up “modern Nazism”.

The Israeli UN ambassador also shredded a copy of the UN Charter with a machine he brought with him in protest against the decision. It shocked Norway’s foreign minister Espen Barth Eide (Ap).

– This goes far beyond what is acceptable, I have hardly seen the man, Eide told NTB afterwards.

Norway not only voted yes to Palestinian UN membership, but was also a co-sponsor of the resolution.

– We are very happy that the resolution was adopted with 143 votes. This shows that the international support for the Palestinian people’s demand for a separate state is getting stronger, says Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide in a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This is the resolution

The UN Security Council is being asked to reassess Palestine’s membership application, which the Palestinian authorities submitted to the UN on 2 April this year.

The last time it was considered, on 18 April, twelve of the 15 member countries of the Security Council voted in favour, two abstained and one country against. But since the dissenting vote came from the United States, the Security Council did not draft a resolution recommending that Palestine become a full member.

In order for the Security Council to do this, none of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, Great Britain and the United States – must veto the proposed resolution. In addition, at least nine of the 15 member states in the Council must vote in favour.

And only if the Security Council recommends membership will the General Assembly consider Palestine’s application. There it is required that two thirds of the UN member states are present and vote for Palestine to become a full UN member.

– Norway has been clear that we support Palestine’s application for full membership in the UN, and that on the day the General Assembly is to vote on Palestine’s membership application, Norway will vote yes, says Eide in the press release.

Today, Palestine only has observer status in the UN, which it has had since 2012. But after the resolution on Friday, Palestine gets slightly more rights as an observer state.

The resolution states that Palestine will be given extended status and more rights until the Security Council deals with the matter. Concretely, this means that Palestine can participate on an equal footing with member states in some contexts and that Palestinian representatives can now be elected to committees in the UN.

Palestine – an independent state?

Around 140 countries today recognize Palestine as an independent state. But Norway does not.

However, as Panorama has mentioned, Eide has said that a Norwegian recognition of Palestine “may be imminent”.

At the same time, he has also emphasized that Norway will not support a “Hamasistan” to TV 2:

– What we want is a Palestine that is politically linked to the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza, and we want the skilled new prime minister who is in place in Palestine to be able to form a government.

The article is in Norwegian

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