Rwanda Offers Reasons for Statehood Vote Abstention

RAMALLAH, December 31, 2014 (WAFA) – The Rwandan Chargé d’Affaires at the Security Council, Olivier Nduhungirehe explained his country’s abstention saying the reasons were the “lack of a consensual approach in the region, negative impact on the peace process and lack of an inclusive and transparent procedure in New York.’

The explanation of the vote on the draft resolution, which was published on the IGIHE news outlet in Rwanda on Wednesday, advised world countries not to adopt “provocative” action that might undermine a durable peace in the region.

It affirmed that the emergence of an independent, sovereign, and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel, can only be achieved through a negotiated settlement between the parties.

Nduhungirehe addressed the Council’s president saying, “Rwanda doesn’t believe that any unilateral action by either side could bring lasting peace in the region and a final and comprehensive settlement to this crisis.”

Permenant Observer at the UN Riyad Mansour expressed profound regrets that the council members were unable to take action and uphold their responsibilities towards the Palestinian people.

On the other hand, Rwanda regretted that the 15 members of the Security Council were not given an opportunity to discuss, negotiate and improve the draft, which was drafted, negotiated and amended outside the Council.

It said, “Rwanda believes that the proposed draft, which has not garnered consensus in the region and within this Council, could not help parties achieving this goal.”

It invited all Council members, the negotiating parties, the Arab Group and other stakeholders to work towards a “more consensual draft resolution, which should give a new impetus to the peace process.”