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The Acting President: I give the floor to those representatives who wish to speak in explanation of vote on the resolutions just adopted.
Mr. Khazaee (Islamic Republic of Iran): We voted in favour of all resolutions under agenda item 53, including resolutions 66/76, 66/77, 66/78 and 66/79, in order to join other members of the General Assembly in showing our solidarity and sympathy with the Palestinian people.
My delegation wishes to re-emphasize, however, that it will continue to maintain its long-standing position on the resolutions relating to the Palestinian issue. In that connection, I would like to explain more clearly our position on the resolutions and certain paragraphs thereof.
First, to the knowledge of all, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been unwavering in its support for the Palestinian people in their endeavours to attain their national goals and aspirations, including the full exercise of their right to self-determination, and has genuinely supported the legal and democratic Government of Palestine.
Secondly, the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to emphasize the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, who have been suffering under occupation and suppression for decades, and emphasizes the importance of the recognition by the international community of the Palestinians’ inalienable right to self-defence in the face of foreign occupation and aggression.
Thirdly, the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the settlement of the Palestinian crisis would be achievable only if the inalienable rights of the people of occupied Palestine were fully recognized, restored and maintained.
Regrettably, due to lack of attention to the root causes of the crisis, it has remained unresolved for more than six decades. There are numerous reasons for this failure, including the continued occupation of the Palestinian and other Arab territories by the Zionist regime and its persistent violations of the rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination and especially the legitimate and inalienable right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland.
Today, the General Assembly has adopted nine resolutions that reflect clear examples of the violations of human rights, refugee rights and Palestinian rights in the Middle East, especially concerning the Palestinian people. My delegation joined others to support those resolutions, submitted under agenda items 52 and 53. Unfortunately, we have seen some countries, which always claim to have a perfect human rights record and condemn the records of others, fail to join the vast majority of the General Assembly in supporting the resolutions.
We also believe, in the context of the Palestinian issue, that a durable peace in Palestine will be possible only when justice is ensured, when there is an end to discrimination and to the occupation of all Palestinian territories, when all Palestinian refugees return to their homeland, when democratic means are used to determine the wishes of the people, and when a democratic Palestinian State is established, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
Mrs. Davidovich (Israel): Year after year, the General Assembly rubber-stamps these same resolutions condemning Israel, regardless of the facts on the ground. They distort the truth. They undermine the credibility of this body. They contribute nothing to advancing peace in our region.
Israel would like to take this opportunity to thank the Member States that have stood up and voiced their clear opposition to these destructive resolutions. We hope that more of them will do the same in the future.
The Acting President: May I take it that it is the wish of the General Assembly to conclude its consideration of agenda item 53?
It was so decided.
The meeting rose at 11.15 a.m.