Press Release (3 December 1997)
Response to the "Amendment" on the draft resolution on the Full participation of Palestine in the work of the United Nations:
The Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations, the Arab Group and the cosponsors of the draft resolution on "Full participation of Palestine in the work of the United Nations", contained in document A/52/L.53, were surprised to see the tabling of an "amendment" to this draft by a group of Member States, contained in document A/52/L.59. In fact, the "amendment" seems to kill the original resolution. Yesterday the Arab Group decided to oppose the "amendment".
The Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations, as the party concerned, affirms its opposition to this "amendment". It calls upon the cosponsors, which it highly regards, not to insist on a vote on their "amendment". If the situation should arrive at such decision, it calls upon Member States to oppose the "amendment".
The reasons for this clear position are the following:
We reaffirm once more that draft resolution A/52/L.53 does not seek full membership for Palestine at the United Nations and does not seek recognition of the Palestinian State. Furthermore, it has always been within the realm of Member States to decide on issues relating to observers. No Member State should appear as if it is punishing the Palestinian side at a time when the Israeli government is continuously committing political and practical atrocities. The Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine accordingly hopes that Member States will support the original draft without any forced amendments.