USA vetoes latest Palestinian statehood bid at UN

By staff writers
December 31, 2014

The United Nations Security Council has failed to adopt a bid for the creation of a Palestinian state and an end to illegal Israeli occupations.

The veto power the United States, along with Australia, voted against the move There were eight votes in favour and five abstentions, including the United Kingdom.

The resolution was therefore automatically defeated. However, the USA still decided to use its veto power against it.

Lithuania, Nigeria, Korea and Rwanda joined the UK in abstaining from the vote, brought by a coalition of Palestinians and Arab states, backed by justice and human rights campaigners the world over.

The latest bid, led by Jordan, featured a revised draft resolution of the similar proposal submitted earlier in 2014.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday (30 December 2014) that his administration would "no longer deal" with Israel in case of the resolution's failure.

"If the Arab-Palestinian initiative submitted to the Security Council to put an end to [Israeli] occupation doesn't pass, we will be forced to take the necessary political and legal decisions," the Algerian APS news agency reported him as saying.


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