United Kingdom to vote against Trump's Jerusalem decision

19 December, 2017, 10:59 | Author: Kim Reid
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The draft United Nations resolution had called upon all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.

"Any decision 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status, or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded", the draft states.

Last time the United States used its right to veto in February 2011 when the UN Security Council considered a draft resolution concerning Israel's settlement activity on the occupied Palestinian territories.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has scrapped a meeting with Pence in protest at the Jerusalem announcement, and will instead head to Saudi Arabia to meet King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. And she insisted that this position "is fully in line with the previous Security Council resolutions". The settlements are in contravention of the global laws, including the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which prohibits countries from moving population into territories occupied in a war.

Trump shattered decades of unwavering USA neutrality on Jerusalem on December 6 when he declared that the United States recognizes the divided holy city as Israel's capital and will move its embassy there.

Rycroft said his country believes Jerusalem is a final-status issue and should be a shared capital of Israelis and Palestinians.

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Pence's trip to Egypt and Israel was pushed back to mid-January to allow the USA vice president to remain in Washington during a vote on Trump's tax bill, a White House official said.

Following the US veto, Egypt's Foreign Ministry said Arab states, which had agreed earlier this month to seek a Security Council resolution, would meet to evaluate the situation to determine what their next steps might be.

"The United States has the sovereignty to determine where and whether we establish an embassy", said Haley, describing the vote as an "insult" that "won't be forgotten".

"We will not accept the U.S.as a mediator in the peace process and this American position must be met with several measures", he said, highlighting that a special committee will be formed to look into relevant United Nations resolutions and propose new ones.

Echoed by Abbas, he said that the USA "destroyed" the two state solution and "undermined all peace efforts".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the US for using its veto in a video posted to Facebook. Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there.

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The Palestinians immediately announced that they will seek a resolution with similar demands in the 193-member General Assembly, where there are no vetoes.

But one by one, ambassadors of the 14 countries that supported the resolution said after the vote that the US violated council resolutions which make clear that no country can unilaterally decide that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

He said the issue of Palestine is at the core of Middle East peace and China has consistently supported and pushed forward the Middle East peace process.

Abbas made his remarks at the beginning of a meeting of the Palestinian leadership, held late on Monday in Ramallah to discuss the development of a new Palestinian strategy, in response to the USA president's decision.

Safronkov said Russian Federation will also "continue to encourage all Palestinian parties to overcome the internal rifts as quickly as possible".

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