UN to vote Monday on measure rejecting US Jerusalem decision

World       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

The leaders of Islamic countries who gathered for an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in mid-December also called for East Jerusalem to be recognized as the capital of Palestine in response to the USA move.

The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution against the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In the report of Reuters regarding the Egyptian-drafted text, the resolution does not mention either the US or US President Donald Trump.

The draft resolution states 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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council".

Any decisions on the status of Jerusalem will have no legal effect if a resolution proposed by Egypt is passed by the UN Security Council.

The worldwide community has long declined to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and countries have stationed their embassies in Tel Aviv.

However, diplomats expect the United States to use its power of Veto to block the resolution after the US Ambassador to the UN, Niki Haley, called Trump's decision as "the just and right thing to do".

It calls upon all countries to refrain establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.

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"The US remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides", he said.

According to AFP, the draft resolution stresses that the Jerusalem issue should be resolved "though negotiations" and expresses "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem".

Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, last week, reversed seven decades of USA foreign policy and drew a swift rebuke from Arab and Muslim-majority countries, who warned that the move could undermine stability in the region. "No vote or debate will change the clear reality" that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the Israeli ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said on Saturday, as cited by Reuters.

They said Israel is responsible for killing of thousands of Palestinians.

Israel captured East Jerusalem from Arab forces in the 1967 Middle East War and later annexed it in a move not recognized internationally.

For the draft resolution to pass, nine votes must support the draft and no vetoes would come from the five permanent member countries namely France, China, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

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