Palestine hails UN resolution affirming its sovereignty over natural resources

RAMALLAH - Palestine welcomed the United Nations (UN) vote in favor of a resolution affirming its right to sovereignty over its natural resources.

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RAMALLAH – Palestine welcomed the United Nations (UN) vote in favor of a resolution affirming its sovereignty over its natural resources.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said, in a statement issued on Friday, that the Zionist occupation “has no sovereignty over the land of the State of Palestine or over any of its cities.”

“The voting in favor of the resolution affirms the right and sovereignty of the Palestinian people on their natural resources including lands, water, and energy resources.”

Al-Maliki demanded the Zionists “to stop exploiting the natural resources in the occupied Palestinian territory,” adding there is “no sovereignty for the Zionist occupation on the land of the state of Palestine or on any of its cities.”

He also called on the international community “to work to compel the Zionist occupation to implement international resolutions and to ensure the freedom of the Palestinian people to benefit from their natural resources.”

On Thursday, the UN General Assembly’s Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) approved a resolution, affirming the Palestinian people’s permanent sovereignty over their natural resources.

The resolution was approved by 157 countries while seven countries, including the US, Canada, and the Zinost Entity, voted against the resolution. In addition, 14 countries abstained.

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