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Mr. Hamza (Sudan), speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, introduced draft resolution E/2009/L.42.
The President asked if any delegation wished to comment on the draft resolution, which had no programme budget implications.
Mr. Sammis (United States of America) expressed his concern at the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territory and at the loss of lives, both Palestinian and Israeli. The draft resolution now before the Council contained some extreme language which his delegation was unable to accept. He would therefore vote against it, and urged other members to do likewise. President Obama had restarted the peace process in the Middle East, with the goal of achieving a two-State solution through which Israel and Palestine could live peacefully side by side. Resolutions such as the present one contributed nothing to the collective effort to take the peace process forward.
Mr. Herrström (Sweden), speaking on behalf of the European Union, said the intention of those negotiating the text of the draft resolution had been to achieve consensus. That goal had been shared by the delegation of Palestine, and he expressed appreciation of the highly constructive atmosphere of the negotiations. Unfortunately, the reinsertion at the last minute of a number of paragraphs unacceptable to the European Union had made it impossible for its members to support the text before the Council.
Mr. Morrill (Canada) said that his country strongly supported the Palestinian people, and had expended 300 million dollars over the past five years to assist development in the territory. It would continue to work with other donors to improve the living conditions of the Palestinians. However, the present draft resolution was one-sided and ignored the efforts of the Palestinian authorities to secure the well-being of the people.
Mr. Fautua (New Zealand) expressed concern at the increasing humanitarian problems among the Palestinian population, and especially among children. His country was supporting the work of United Nations agencies in meeting their needs. The text of the draft resolution went beyond the question of the living conditions of the Palestinian people. For that reason, his delegation intended to abstain in the vote.
A vote was taken by roll-call on draft resolution E/2009/L.42.
Poland, having been drawn by lot by the President, was called upon to vote first.