KUALA LUMPUR: The 10th Emergency Special Session (ESS) of the United Nations General Assembly held on 27 October 2023 in New York, United States of America had adopted a resolution entitled, “Protection of civilians and upholding legal and humanitarian obligations.”
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its statement said, the resolution that calls for immediate, durable, and sustained humanitarian truce received 120 affirmative votes, 14 against and 45 abstentions.
The statement added, this outcome is a clear, sound, and firm political message by the international community which demands for imperative action upon the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.
“Malaysia along with Brunei, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Timor Leste and Vietnam supported the request by the Arab Group and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for the resumption of 10th Emergency Special Session (ESS) of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 26 October 2023.
“Malaysia voted in favour and co-sponsored the resolution, in line with the country’s unwavering and long-standing position to support all international efforts to find a just, lasting, comprehensive and peaceful settlement to the situation in Palestine.
“Malaysia strongly welcomes and supports the adoption of the resolution at the United Nations General Assembly, following the failure of the United Nations Security Council to address and act on the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Palestine,” the statement said.
The Ministry in its statement also highlighted that a total of four (4) United Nations Security Council resolutions on Palestine failed to be adopted since the current crisis erupted on 7 October 2023.
According to the statement, the adoption of this resolution demonstrates a more affirmative voice of the international community to make substantive and concrete progress to address the humanitarian calamity that continues to unfold.
“The United Nations Security Council must respect and act in line with the will of the United Nations General Assembly. Malaysia will continue to participate actively in the plenary meeting of the 10th ESS, which is scheduled to resume on 31 October 2023.
“Malaysia reiterates its resolute call for an immediate ceasefire, an unimpeded humanitarian access, and a rejection of any attempt to forcefully displace the Palestinian people from its rightful land.
“Malaysia reaffirms its principled position that the Palestinians deserve their own independent and sovereign state, based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its Capital. – Malaysia World News