The United Nations has implicitly recognised the state of Palestine after the General Assembly voted for a resolution to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s diplomatic status to ‘non-member observer state’.
The result: 138 votes in favor, 9 against and 41 abstentions.
The United States voted against.
The vote comes 65 years after the partition.
The Vatican has hailed the outcome and called for “an internationally guaranteed special statute” for Jerusalem that would safeguard “the freedom of religion and of conscience, the identity and sacred character of Jerusalem as a Holy City, (and) respect for, and freedom of, access to its holy places”.
It also called for “effective commitment to building peace and stability, in justice and in the respect for legitimate aspirations, both of the Israelis and of the Palestinians”.