15 November 2012
Explanation of vote after the vote
by the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran
on relevant resolutions under agenda items 53
Mohammad Reza Sahraei
15 November 2012
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
We voted in favor of all draft resolutions under agenda item 53 entitled the “Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories” including the resolutions A/C.4/67/L.14, L.15, L.16, 17 and L.18 in order to join other members of the Committee in showing our solidarity and sympathy with the Palestinian people. However, my delegation wishes to re-emphasize that it will continue to maintain its long standing position on the resolutions relating to the Palestinian issue, and in this connection, would like to explain its position concerning certain paragraphs of the afore-mentioned resolutions.
– The Islamic Republic of Iran continues to emphasize the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people who have been suffering from the occupation and suppression for decades, and stresses the importance of the recognition by the international community of the Palestinians’ inalienable rights for self-defense vis-à-vis foreign occupation and aggression.
– 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 the occupied Palestine is fully recognized, restored and maintained. Regrettably, due to the lack of attention to the root causes of this crisis, it has been remained unsolved for more than six decades.There have been numerous reasons for such failure, which include the continued occupation of the Palestinian and other Arab occupied territoriesby the Israeli regime, as well as its persistent violations of the rights of the Palestinian people including the right to self-determination, especially the legitimate and inalienable right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland.
We believe that a durable peace in Palestine will be possible through justice, end to discrimination, end to occupation of all Palestinian territories, the return of all Palestinian refugees to their homeland, resort to democratic means to determine the wishes of thesepeople, and establishment of a democratic Palestinian state with Al-Quds Al-sharif as its capital.
Thank you Mr. Chairman