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Organization of Islamic Cooperation welcomes move to resolve Palestinian issue

Organization of Islamic Cooperation welcomes move to resolve Palestinian issue

JEDDAH  (Rahnuma)   The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the UN General Assembly’s adoption of a draft resolution submitted by the Republic of Ireland on the need to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on the UN resolutions.

OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen appreciated the principled positions of the overwhelming majority of the world’s countries that supported the draft resolution.

The General Assembly on Friday overwhelmingly approved the Irish resolution by a vote of 156-6, with 12 abstentions.

It calls for “the achievement, without delay” of lasting Mideast peace on the basis of UN resolutions, singling out the December 2016 measure.

And it reaffirms “unwavering support … for the two-state solution of Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, based on the pre-1967 borders.”

The rival resolutions reflect the deep divisions among the 193 UN member states over the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict — and the failure to end it.

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