29 Nov 2012
My delegation supports the right of the Palestinian people to a homeland. That is why Singapore had supported General Assembly resolutions 66/17 and 66/18 of 30 November 2011. However, we have abstained in the voting on this resolution 67/19 because we believe that only a negotiated settlement consistent with Security Council resolution 242 can provide the basis for a viable, long-term solution. Both sides have legitimate rights and shared responsibilities, and must be prepared to make compromises to achieve the larger good of a lasting peace.
2 It is precisely because the rights and responsibilities of both sides are inextricably intertwined that no unilateral move can result in a just, peaceful and durable outcome. Palestine’s attempt to upgrade its status in the United Nations to that of a non-member observer State should be viewed in the context of its efforts last year for full United Nations membership. Palestine’s aspirations are not helped as facts on the ground will not be changed.
3 Singapore hopes that Israel and Palestine will resume negotiations. Singapore will continue to support all international efforts to facilitate a negotiated solution that will be in the long-term interests of Palestine, Israel and the region as a whole.
4 We join the international community in welcoming the cessation of attacks on Gaza and southern Israel. We deeply regret the loss of lives and the damage caused on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides. We hope that both sides will uphold the latest ceasefire and immediately address any humanitarian issues that have resulted from the violence. Thank you.
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