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The UN and the Question of Palestine 68th Session of the General Assembly Report

The UN and the Question of Palestine 68th Session of the General Assembly Report

11 February 2014 in 2014

The Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations
in New York prepares this report on a yearly basis following every session of the United
Nations General Assembly (UNGA). This Session bore witness to several historic events.
On 18 November 2013, the State of Palestine cast its first vote in the UNGA for the
election of an International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) judge. On
27 December 2013, the UNGA adopted a decision by consensus on the “Scale of
assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations”, allowing the
State of Palestine to contribute towards the Organization’s expenses. Additionally, on 26
November 2013, the UNGA adopted resolution 68/12 declaring 2014 the International
Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The report shows the voting record of each Member State on all resolutions
concerning Palestine and the Palestinian people adopted during the 68th session of the
UNGA, mainly during the period from September to December 2013. The main purpose
for the preparation of this report is to understand voting patterns of UN Member States
on resolutions related to the Question of Palestine (QoP) and, where necessary, to
undertake specific efforts to garner more support for these important resolutions, which
cover a wide range of issues relevant to the QoP and in particular reaffirm core principles
and rules of international law in this regard. The report also seeks to illustrate and
evaluate political support of Member States on issues related to Palestine in the UN. It
also reflects on the shifts in voting that may have taken place in comparison with
previous sessions.

The report contains tables that show voting patterns of Member States of the UN.
It includes the text of General Assembly resolutions adopted during the said period. The
report also includes a special section on the messages received on the Day of Solidarity
with the Palestinian People, as well as key statements made by delegates of Palestine.
The report does not intend to evaluate the reasons for voting patterns by Member States,
which requires more extensive analysis and could be derived from a range of factors.
Rather it only lists votes on resolutions concerning the QoP, which alone reflect the
scope of support by any particular country.

Finally, I hope that this report provides useful information and will serve as a
vehicle to increase support for the State of Palestine in the international arena
particularly at the United Nations as we continue to engage the international community
to achieve the independence of the State of Palestine where the Palestinian people can
finally live in peace, prosperity and dignity.

Dr. Riyad Mansour
Ambassador, Permanent Observer
of the State of Palestine to the United Nations
New York

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