Egypt: Palestinian legitimate rights not affected by UNSC failure
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - AP/Amr Nabil
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CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday that the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) rejection to the Palestinian statehood resolution would not “affect the Palestinian legitimate rights” as an independent state.

“The vote result has no effect on the legitimacy of the Palestinian rights that have already been confirmed by previous resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations, and endorsed by the rules of international law, charters and conventions, atop of which the four Geneva Conventions that do denies the territory occupation by force,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atti said in a statement.

Egypt is one of the Arab countries supporting the Palestinian statehood, Atty added, asking the international community to push for the resumption of peace talks.

The UNSC failed to pass a Palestinian resolution calling for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories of Palestine based on the 1967 borders after eight countries voted in favor of the proposal, two, including the U.S., voted against it, and five countries abstained, Reuters reported Tuesday.

On Nov. 29, 2012, Palestine was granted non-member observer state status in the United Nations.

The former vice President and Noble laureate Mohamed EL-Braradei tweeted Wednesday saying “those who did not support UNSC draft res. on Palestinian statehood are undermining peace & emboldening extremism. Unfortunate & regrettable.”

In an attempt to lodge war crimes complaints against Israel, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas officially signed a document to join 20 international organizations, conventions and agreements including Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Palestinian News Agency WAFA reported Wednesday.

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