Malaysia Support Palestinian Bid For Full Membership In UN
KUALA LUMPUR Sept 25 – Malaysia supports the Palestinians’ bid for full membership in the United Nations, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday.
It said despite Israel and other countries’ contention that peace could be achieved only through negotiations and not by UN resolutions, Malaysia felt that this was the most decisive and realistic solution to finding lasting peace in the Middle East.
“Malaysia rejects arguments forwarded by Israel as to why the peace process has stalled, especially with regard to the issue of illegal settlements in the West Bank.
“In Malaysia’s view, the illegal settlements are the core of the problem and they have to be removed.
“The government is of the view that membership in the UN would not jeopardise the peace process. Therefore, the argument against Palestine seeking membership in the UN is weak, unfounded and absurd.
“It is time for those who oppose Palestine’s bid for membership in UN to listen to the voice of the majority, which was obvious by the standing ovation that President Mahmoud Abbas received (at the UN General Assembly).”
It said the offer by Israel to have immediate talks and the efforts by the United States, the UN, the European Union and Russia to reschedule negotiations within one month appeared to be desperate efforts to dissuade Palestine from seeking membership.
The ministry said Malaysia would help Palestine secure the votes it needed in the Security Council and the General Assembly