UNITED NATION—Armenia voted for the motion granting observer status to the Palestinian Authority in the United Nations Thursday, which became a historic turning point in the decades-long process, reported the press secretary of Armenia’s Foreign Ministry Tigran Balayan.
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution by a majority of votes on November 29, which gives Palestine observer state status in the international body. The139 member-states that voted for the measure include, Russia, Brazil, China, Turkey, South Korea, Lebanon and Republic of South Africa. Against the recognition of Palestine as a state were nine countries including, Israel, Canada, US, Panama, the Czech Republic. Other voters abstained.
Currently Palestine is recognized as an independent country by 132 UN member-countries. Among them is Russia, which has diplomatic relations with the Middle Eastern country since its independence in 1988.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the recognition of Palestine as a UN observer state. She said that the UN resolution hinders peace settlement process in the Middle East. Clinton said: “We were sure that Palestinians and Israelis can achieve peace which they deserve, only through direct negotiations.”