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US vetoes admission of Palestine as a full state at the UN

Jesus Carames

April 19, 2024 | 7:18 a.m.

In a significant development in international relations, The United States has used its veto power in the UN Security Council to block the admission of Palestine as a full member state.. The resolution, introduced by Algeria, was supported by an overwhelming majority but stalled due to a US veto. This incident marks a important moment in the long debate about the status of Palestine on the world stage.

Context of the North American veto

The proposal to make Palestine a full member of the United Nations was rejected with 12 votes in favor, two abstentions (England and Switzerland), and the decisive vote against from the United States. The request, which seeks to elevate Palestine's status from observer to full member, has been a recurring theme since it was first proposed in 2011.

Implications of the veto at the UN

This veto is the fourth exercise by the United States since October of last year, all in favor of Israel, which has been justified by Washington under the argument that Israel's right to defend itself was not recognized and that a truce would benefit groups such as Hamas. However, this act of veto also takes the United States into a position of relative isolation, as it contradicts the opinion of the majority of UN members.

International reactions

Egypt and Jordan, both signatories of peace treaties with Israel and key mediators in the Arab-Israeli conflict, expressed discontent with the decision. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry criticized the timing of the veto, calling on peace-seeking nations to act responsibly to revitalize the Middle East peace process.

Japan He also lamented the veto, with his government spokesperson noting that Palestine meets the necessary requirements for admission to the UN, and criticizing the lack of inclusion in the vote.

The Islamist group Hamas strongly condemned the US position, which continues to be a significant obstacle for Palestine in its quest for full international recognition.

Process to follow

Under recently reformed UN rules, any resolution subject to a Security Council veto must be considered by the General Assembly within ten working days. Although the decisions of the Assembly are not binding, they have a strong symbolic value. The General Assembly already voted in favor of the admission of Palestine as an observer state in 2012, which was supported by a significant majority of member states.

The US veto of Palestine's full UN membership underscores the complexities of international law and geopolitical politics in the region. While Palestine receives broad international support for its recognition as a state, the solution to the conflict still appears to require considerable negotiation and compromise between the parties involved. The next step in the General Assembly will be crucial to understanding the international dynamics regarding the status of Palestine.

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