UN General Assemby

Dominica joined the majority of the United Nation’s General Assembly on Thursday to endorse an upgraded U.N. status for the Palestinian Authority.

The island was among the 138 delegates which voted in favor of the measure.

Nine delegates, including the United States and Israel, voted against it. There were 41 abstentions.

Attempts by Dominica News Online to get a reaction from the government on the matter have so far been unsuccessful.

When DNO contacted Dominica’s UN ambassador, Vince Henderson, he confirmed that Dominica voted in favor of the measure and said the island’s position is public knowledge.

However when asked to elaborate on Dominica’s position, Ambassador Henderson  directed us to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Roseau or the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

DNO contacted Prime Minister Skerrit who said he was not in a position to give a comment and directed us to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, the Permanent Secretary in that ministry who we were told was on the phone at the time, has not called us back at the number we left with the secretary.

Last year Dominica recognized Palestine as an independent state.

Thursday’s resolution elevates the Palestinian Authority status from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member observer state,” the same category as the Vatican, which Palestinians hope will provide new leverage in their dealings with Israel.

Its leaders had been working with dozens of supporting nations to develop a formal draft, enlisting the backing of European countries such as France and Spain.