Maldives to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Palestine at UN: FM
The Maldives pledged to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Palestine in the latter’s bid for statehood recognition from the United Nations.
“Let us be clear, the Palestinian people have, like everyone else, the right to self determination – the right to a State of their own,” Maldives Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem told the UN Human Rights Council.
“They have waited long enough for that most basic of rights. When the Palestinians present their case to the UN, the Maldives will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them, and we call on all others to do likewise.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is due to submit a letter seeking full UN membership for a Palestine state when he addresses the General Assembly.
Both Israel and its main ally the US oppose the move saying the only way to create a Palestine state is through negotiations.
The Maldives however expressed hope that the US “will maintain its historical support for the right of all peoples to self-determination and we believe that the recognition of Palestinian statehood would help secure a negotiated peace in the future.”
“We do not accept that UN recognition of Palestinian statehood would harm the chances of a negotiated peace,” Naseem stressed. “We believe rather that it will help those chances by creating a situation in which two State partners can negotiate as equals.”
The Maldives has been one of the leading voices over recent months calling for the issue of statehood to be brought before the UN, Naseem added.
The Maldivian Foreign Minister reiterated his position during a recent visit to Palestine and Israel.
- Asian Tribune -