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Palestine hails UN resolution affirming its sovereignty over natural resources

November 19, 2021 at 1:53 pm

Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad al Maliki speaks during a press conference in Ramallah, West Bank on 22 September 2020. [Issam Rimawi – Anadolu Agency]

Palestine, on Friday, welcomed a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly that affirms Palestinian sovereignty over its natural resources, Anadolu News Agency reports.

In a statement, Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad Al-Maliki said: “The voting in favour of the resolution affirms the right and sovereignty of the Palestinian people on their natural resources including lands, water and energy resources.”

Al-Maliki demanded Israel “to stop exploiting the natural resources in the occupied Palestinian territory,” adding there is “no sovereignty for the (Israeli) occupation on the land of the State of Palestine or on any of its cities.”

He also called on the international community “to work to compel the (Israeli) occupation to implement international resolutions and to ensure the freedom of the Palestinian people to benefit from their natural resources.”

On Thursday, the UN General Assembly’s Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) approved a resolution, affirming the Palestinian people’s permanent sovereignty over their natural resources.

The resolution was approved by 157 countries while seven countries, including the US, Canada, and Israel, voted against the resolution.

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