ALGERIA: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune invited the United Nations (UN) on Tuesday to convene a special session for the purpose of conducting a vote on granting full state membership to Palestine.
Tebboune addressed regional and global issues, including the Palestinian cause, during his speech at the 78th UN General Assembly in New York City, according to Anadolu Agency.
He also stressed Algeria’s support for the Arab Peace Initiative, advocating for an independent Palestinian state within 1967 borders, and cited Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories as a key factor in regional instability.
Tebboune urged the UN Security Council to pass a resolution for a two-state solution and ending the Israeli occupation.
Palestine holds the status of a “non-member observer state” within the 193-member organisation.
In 2012, the UN General Assembly elevated Palestine’s status from an “observer entity” to a “non-member observer state.”
For Palestine to attain full UN membership, it requires approval from the UN Security Council followed by a vote in the UN General Assembly.
Palestine applied for full UN membership in 2011 but did not garner the necessary support in the UN Security Council.
President Tebboune also reiterated his country’s call for the establishment of a new world order based on equality.
“Reforms are also needed in the UN Security Council, which has been weak in fulfilling its duty to maintain international peace and security and in preventing the use of force,“ he said.
He highlighted the “historical injustice” done to Africa and the importance of ending it by granting the continent representation in the UN Security Council.-Bernama