United States vetoes United Nations vote on status of al-Quds
Dec 19, 2017, 10:49
Trump announced earlier this month that Washington would recognize Jerusalem - whose status as capital is also claimed by Palestinians - as Israel's capital and that the U.S. Embassy would move to the ancient city from Tel Aviv in a few years, RFE/RL reported.
The UN draft resolution affirmed "that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council".
Key US allies Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Ukraine were among the 14 countries in the 15-member council that backed the measure, highlighting Washington's isolation.
Al Jazeera reports that the draft "did not mention the USA by name", in an apparent effort to keep Washington from using its power of veto.
The veto "leads to more isolation of the United States and will provoke the worldwide community", he said, adding "we will carry on with our moves in the UN and all other global agencies to defend our people's rights".
"The fact that this veto is being done in defence of American sovereignty and in defence of America's role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council", Haley said. "It won't be forgotten", she said, describing the measure as "one more example of the United Nations doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".
A spokesman for the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, responded to the veto by saying it was "unacceptable and threatens the stability of the worldwide community because it disrespects it".
"We commend President Trump for his efforts and energy in that direction, and we call on the USA administration to put forward concrete details, proposals as soon as possible to take that process forward".
Britain's Permanent Representative Matthew Ryrcroft reflected the views of the other members when he said the USA decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital had no legal affect and his country disagreed with it.
The draft resolution was circulated among UN Security Council members last week. This has infuriated the Palestinians and other Muslims across the world.
It came ahead of a planned trip by the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to Jerusalem on Wednesday that was set to take place amid a deep rupture in U.S. The Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.
Israel seized control of the eastern part of the city in the 1967 Middle East war and sees all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital.
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Fourteen council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-sponsored resolution that would have demanded Trump reverse course on the decision.
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He reiterated his country's support for the Palestinians until they establish their "full state with Jerusalem as its capital". The president will deliver a speech at the emergency meeting on the holy city of al-Quds (Jerusalem), he added in his tweet.
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