SINGAPORE: Singapore has explained why it abstained from voting to grant Palestine the status of a non—member observer state within the United Nations (UN).
This comes after the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to grant Palestine the status.
Singapore was among 41 nations who abstained from the vote.
Singapore’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Albert Chua, said Singapore supports 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.
However, it added no unilateral move can result in a just, peaceful and durable outcome for all parties.
Singapore said only a negotiated settlement consistent with the UN Security Council Resolution 242 can provide the basis for a viable, long term solution.
Singapore said Palestine’s aspirations are not helped, as facts on the ground will not be changed.
Singapore welcomes the cessation of attacks on Gaza and southern Israel and deeply regrets the loss of lives on both sides.
"We hope that both sides will uphold the latest ceasefire and immediately address any humanitarian issues that have resulted from the violence," MFA said in the letter.
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