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2012 November 28 - December 4 [WORLD]
editorial 

Palestine’s status at UN upgraded

December 2, 2012
Akahata editorial (excerpts)

The U.N. General Assembly on November 29 adopted a resolution that officially recognizes Palestine as a state. The overwhelming majority, 138 countries, voted in favor of the resolution. Nine members including the United States and Israel opposed and 41 abstained.

The approval of the motion clearly indicates that international society supports the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, hoping that an independent Palestine and Israel can live in peace side by side. It will provide an important avenue for Palestinians to achieve national independence.

The Japanese Communist Party has been calling for the Palestinian people’s self-determination, withdrawal of the Israeli military from the occupation zone, and for Palestine and Israel to respect the right to live in peace without hostilities. This standpoint is shared by countries around the world as shown in the vote result.

The day the resolution was approved was the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the U.N. Palestine partition resolution in 1947 that proposed the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states in the area. The Palestine question should not be postponed any longer. Commenting on the passing of the resolution, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the resumption of negotiations is urgently needed. The international community should pressure Israel into removing its troops from the occupation zone so that Palestine can build its own independent state.
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