Palestine: Explanation of vote by Ambassador Herman Schaper
Explanation of Vote
by H.E. Herman Schaper
Permanent Representative of the Netherlands Mission
to the United Nations
Resolution “Status of Palestine in the United Nations” (A/67/L.28)
New York, 29 November 2012
- The Netherlands aligns itself with the statement of the EU.
- The Netherlands strongly supports a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of a two state solution based on the borders of ’67, whereby the state of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable state of Palestine will be living side by side in peace and security. Such an agreement would bring a much needed end to the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, and would also benefit the stability and prosperity in the region as a whole. The current status quo is untenable.
- The Palestinian aspiration as expressed in the resolution under consideration is legitimate and the Netherlands supports Palestinian efforts to achieve statehood. However we would have preferred the resolution to be postponed, as its adoption at this moment could complicate efforts to resume direct negotiations between the parties. For this reason the Netherlands has decided to abstain.
- The Netherlands calls for an urgent resumption of negotiations leading to an end to the conflict through a comprehensive peace agreement on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, the Madrid principles including land for peace, the Roadmap and the agreements previously reached by the parties and the Arab Peace Initiative. The Netherlands stands ready to support these negotiations and will continue to support both Israel and the Palestinians bilaterally, taking into careful account the aspirations of the Palestinians for statehood and those of Israelis for security. We urge both sides to take the necessary steps to make progress toward a final peace agreement, and refrain from actions that undermine the prospect of a two-state solution. In particular it calls on Israel to end all settlement activities. The Netherlands urges the international community, in particular the Quartet, to offer its full support to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement.