Riyaz Patel

South Africa’s Ambassador to the UN, Jerry Matjila, has criticised the UN for not implementing any of its 72 resolutions on Palestine since 1948.

Matjila was speaking to the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, lamenting the international community’s failure to support the Palestinian people in their yet elusive quest for independence and freedom.

South Africa’s UN envoy described Pretoria’s position on the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights as “well-known and unquestionable.”

He said the UN Security Council has adopted 72 resolutions on Palestine without following up on any of them.

Matjila underlined that South Africa’s position on Palestine and its support for the Palestinian people “would never change.”

South Africa assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for October, with the country’s foreign minister Naledi Pandor reaffirming Pretoria’s position on multilateralism to address global peace and security.


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