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Algeria calls for a extraordinary UN session to vote on Palestine's membership

September 20, 2023 at 12:08 pm

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune addresses the 78th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City on September 19, 2023 [LEONARDO MUNOZ/AFP via Getty Images]

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune yesterday called for a special session of the UN Assembly to vote on granting Palestine full membership to the organisation.

In a speech, Tebboune told the 78th session of the UN General Assembly that Algeria renews its demand for holding an extraordinary General Assembly meeting to grant Palestine full membership into the UN.

He added that Algeria supports the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative to end the occupation of Palestinian territories, which is “a key factor in regional instability.”

Tebboune also called on the Security Council to issue a resolution protecting the two-state solution and ending the Israeli occupation.

The president of Algeria renewed the demand for the “establishment of a new world order based on equality,” adding: “Reforms are also needed in the UN Security Council, which has been weak in fulfilling its duty to maintain international peace and security and in preventing the use of force.”

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He also called for an end to what he called the “historical injustice” against the African continent’s right to representation within the Security Council.

Regarding the crisis in neighbouring Niger, the Algerian president said that his country is committed to supporting the restoration of constitutional order, a peaceful political resolution and rejects foreign military intervention, as it would pose risks to the entire region.

Niger witnessed a military coup on 26 July, led by General Abdourahamane Tiani, the former commander of the Presidential Guard, who ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.