Palestinians slam USA veto on Jerusalem resolution

19 December, 2017, 11:00 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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After unilaterally declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the United States has vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.

It would also have 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status or demographic composition of the holy city of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded".

Britain's Permanent Representative Matthew Ryrcroft reflected the views of the other members when he said the U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital had no legal affect and his country disagreed with it.

Slamming the resolution as an "insult", she said, "What we witnessed here today in the Security Council is an insult".

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley's veto highlighted Washington's isolation over Trump's announcement.

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Haley was adamant that "the United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy". She described the measure as "one more example of the United Nations doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".

Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the United States veto "represents a complete bias with the [Israeli] occupation and aggression", CNN reports.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas had already scrapped a meeting with Pence and his Fatah faction had called for mass protests during the visit which had been initially been scheduled for Wednesday.

In his opening remarks to the Palestinian leadership meeting Monday evening, President Mahmoud Abbas said Palestinians will return to the United Nations to seek full membership for Palestine, while announcing a series of countermeasures against the US move.

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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Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal capital and wants all embassies based there.

Haley said Trump "took great care not to prejudge final status negotiations in any way, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem", which must be decided by the Israelis and Palestinians.

Resolutions presented to the council require nine votes for adoption, but the United States-along with Britain, China, France and Russia-have the power to veto any measure.

He stressed that this veto would lead to further isolation of the USA and was a provocation of the global community.

Abbas emphasized that the Palestinian Authority would resort to the UN General Assembly for the adoption of a set of resolutions, and said in this context that the PA would deploy all efforts in order to get full membership.

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After the vote, Wu Haitao, charge d'affaires of China's permanent mission to the United Nations, called for unity of the United Nations Security Council and the worldwide community at large over the issue of Jerusalem and for common effort toward peace in the Middle East.



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