Malaysia lauds UN resolution to protect Palestinians, votes in favour

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 14 Jun 2018

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has co-sponsored and voted in favour of the United Nations resolution on the Protection of the Palestinian Civilian Population.

The resolution was adopted at the UN General Assembly's Emergency Special Session on June 13, 2018, following weeks of violence along the border of the Gaza Strip where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians participated in "Great March of Return" protests.

The resolution was adopted by a vote of 120 in favour, eight against, with 45 abstentions.

"Malaysia co-sponsored and voted in favour of the resolution in line with our long-standing and unwavering support for the Palestinian cause," said the Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement Thursday (June 14).

"The resolution called for the protection of Palestinians from Israeli aggression, particularly in the Gaza Strip, and reaffirmed the obligation to respect international humanitarian law and condemned all acts of violence against civilians," it said.

UN General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but carry political weight.

The resolution would require the UN Secretary-General to submit a written report within 60 days of its adoption, with recommendations for the establishment of an international protection mechanism for the Palestinian civilian population.

"Malaysia has always been a strong proponent of the Palestinian cause and remains steadfast in voicing its support for the restoration of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian, including the establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine based on pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital," said the Ministry.

"Malaysia will continue to play an active role as a UN member state in contributing towards efforts to address the underlying issues and to attain a just, lasting and peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict," it said.

More than 120 Palestinian civilians were reportedly killed by Israeli forces since March 30 while participating in the protests against Israel's years-long blockade.

The largest number of deaths occurred on May 14, the day the United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

In December 2017, 128 countries defied US President Donald Trump and voted in favour of a UN General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Malaysia had also co-sponsored and voted in favour of the resolution on the Status of Jerusalem at that Emergency Special Session.