Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson will cosponsor a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly proposing to upgrade the status of Palestine to a Non-member Observer State of the United Nations. The resolution will be voted on by the UN General Assembly today.Össur Skarphéðinsson. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.
The cosponsoring of the resolution is in line with the government’s policy towards supporting the Palestinian cause, the minister reasoned in a statement to the press yesterday.
“We support the resolution in the strongest terms, while we also believe that Palestine should become a fully-fledged Member State of the UN. Our decision to cosponsor the resolution is to lend further support to this goal of the Palestinians,” Össur said.
The Icelandic Parliament voted unanimously in recognizing Palestine’s sovereignty last year.
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