US to vote ‘no’ on Palestinian statehood resolution at UN | World News

Apr18,2024



New Delhi: US State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel said during a press conference on Thursday that the United States will cast a negative vote on the UN Security Council resolution regarding Palestinian statehood.
Patel said that the possibility of lasting peace through a two-state solutionHighlighted the importance of ensuring Israel's security. He advocated the most efficient path to Palestinian statehood, which he said lay in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, supported by the United States and like-minded partners.
Responding to a media question about the US vote on the UNSC resolution for Palestinian statehood, Patel said, “Since October 7, we have been very clear that lasting peace in the region can only be achieved through a two-state solution with Israel. Security can be guaranteed. We believe that the fastest path to achieving statehood for the Palestinian people is through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, with the support of the United States and other partners who share this goal. Is through conversation.
He added, “We believe this approach can advance Palestinian goals in a meaningful and lasting way. We have also been clear that New York's continued actions, even with the best intentions, are premature. “Whether it happens or not, it will not be able to achieve statehood for the Palestinian people.”
He also said there was a lack of consensus among the 15 members of the Security Council regarding whether the Palestinian Authority met the requirements for membership. He reiterated the US's long-standing call for the Palestinian Authority to implement the necessary reforms aimed at achieving the prerequisites for statehood.
“Additionally, as reflected in the Report of the Admissions Committee, there was no unanimity among the members of the Committee as to whether the applicant meets the criteria for membership set out in Article 4 of the United Nations Charter; in particular, There are unresolved questions as to whether the applicant can meet the criteria to be considered a state,” Patel said.
“We have long called on the Palestinian Authority to make the reforms necessary to establish statehood readiness characteristics and note that Hamas, a terrorist organization, currently wields power and influence in Gaza, far beyond the assumed Will be an integral part of the state. For this reason, the US is voting 'no' on this proposed Security Council resolution,” he added.
He added, “I would also note that, due to statutory requirements, accepting statehood would also require the United States to cease its funding to the United Nations. But, the United States intends to intensify its involvement on We are committed to addressing the issue with the Palestinians and the rest of the region, not only to address the current crisis in Gaza but to pursue a political solution that we believe will lead to Palestinian statehood and membership in the United Nations. Can make a way.
The Palestinian Authority launched a bid for state recognition at the United Nations as part of efforts to legitimize its leadership amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, The Hill reports. The vote on the UNSC resolution for Palestinian statehood is expected to take place on Thursday evening.



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