Australia, Canada say UN vote on Palestinians undermines negotiation

( Though the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to upgrade the status of "Palestine" in the international body to a “non-member observer state” Thursday, a number of world leaders voiced opposition to the unilateral move.

Click photo to download. Caption: Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Joining the U.S. and Israel’s objections to the vote, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who had been one of three foreign ministers allowed to speak in opposition to the action at the assembly, added that the UN is abandoning “policy and principle” by ignoring its own rule that Middle East peace should be achieved through negotiation.

“This unilateral step will harden positions and raise unrealistic expectations while doing nothing to improve the lives of the Palestinian people,” Baird said in his speech before the vote, according to the Canadian Globe and Mail. Canada voted against the resolution.

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, whose country abstained from the vote, said that while his country supports a Palestinian state, “We wanted to send a reminder to the Palestinian Authority that the real gain is negotiations with Israel towards the creation of the Palestinian state because of the security guarantees that Israel could endure,” according to the Australian.

Posted on November 30, 2012 .