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Liberia Votes Against Palestinian Territory Requests

by News Manager

NEW YORK, USA: Liberia has voted against a request for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legal consequence of Israel’s prolonged occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

At the Fourth Committee meeting of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly held last week, Liberia joined 16 other countries, including the United States to vote against the request.

Reports say 15 countries abstained from the vote while 98 others voted in favor of the request which was approved.

International diplomats observed that the long running Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East has been mired in stalemate at the UN although the goal of an independent Palestine co-existing side-by-side with and recognition of with Israel has been the hall mark of a permanent peace plan. While the Palestinians have complained of repressive security tactics by Israel in “occupied areas.”

But has persistently contended that Israel has a right to preserve the security of its people from acts of terrorism.

On the side, the Palestinians are hopeful that the request to the ICJ will galvanize global support and action to end Israel’s military occupation through clarifying and enforcing UN Member States obligations to hold Israel accountable.
It is yet to be established the reason behind Liberia stance in opposing the request for an advisory opinion on the Palestinian issue at the UN, but it is widely understood that Liberia has always voted with its traditional ally, the United States of America.

President George Manneh Weah is an ardent admiral of Israel, has been encouraging investors of that country to business with Liberia.

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