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Abbas hails ‘just’ vote to raise Palestinian flag at UN

By AFP - Sep 12,2015 - Last updated at Sep 12,2015

RAMALLAH — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday praised the countries which sided with "justice" by voting for the Palestinians to be allowed to raise their flag at United Nations headquarters.

The UN General Assembly, by a two-thirds vote, adopted a resolution on Thursday allowing the flags of Palestine and the Holy See — both of which have non-member observer status — to be hoisted alongside those of member states.

Abbas paid tribute to the countries which approved the resolution saying "they have placed themselves on the side of right and justice", the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

"The struggle will continue until the Palestinian flag flies over our eternal capital, occupied Jerusalem," said Abbas.

The flag is expected to be hoisted ahead of a September 30 visit by Abbas to address the UN General Assembly — which upgraded the status of Palestinians to that of non-member observer in November 2012.

Thursday's resolution was adopted by 119 members while eight — including Israel and the United States — voted against and 49 abstained.

Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor criticised the decision saying "it will not help the Palestinian people" and insisting the "only way to achieve statehood is through direct negotiations".

The latest round of US-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in April 2014.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem in the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

 

Israel considers all of Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, but the Palestinians — who claim the eastern sector as capital of their promised state.

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