The US has vetoed the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution on Jerusalem, which had demanded the American decision recognizing the city as the Israeli capital be withdrawn. All other UNSC members voted in favor of the document.
The US exercised its veto right to “defend its sovereignty” as well as its role in the Middle East, Washington’s envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, said. She also repeatedly stated that US President Donald Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is “fully consistent” and “in line with the previous UN resolutions.”
Other members of the UNSC remained unconvinced by Haley’s speech. The French envoy to the UN said in his speech that the US still “should explain compatibility of its decision [on Jerusalem] with the international consensus.” He also added that France “regrets” the outcome of the vote that has become a symbol of 14 UNSC members’ willingness to “confirm their attachment to international law.”
Any kind of unilateral action concerning Jerusalem “increases the risk of a conflict” in the region and makes direct talks as well as the peace process as a whole more difficult, the Russian Deputy Envoy to UN Vladimir Safronkov said, commenting on the issue. He also drew attention to the fact that the issue of Jerusalem is “the most sensitive issue in the [Israeli-Palestinian peace process] architecture.”
In the meantime, the Palestinian foreign minister announced that Palestine would call for an emergency UN General Assembly meeting following the US veto of the resolution in the UNSC.
Amb. Mansour of the State of #Palestine:”…all #UNSC resolutions concerning the status of the Holy City of #Jerusalem and the rest of the #Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since #1967 are legally binding and must be respected…”
Amb. Mansour:”…a veto cannot “negate” adopted resolutions. No veto in the past has been able to do so, and no veto in this era ever will either…” #Jerusalem
Palestinian Foreign Minister Calls for Urgent Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly after the US Veto
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki on Monday called for an urgent meeting of the United Nations General Assembly after the US veto against the Egyptian draft resolution on Jerusalem.
The United States vetoed Egypt’s draft resolution on Jerusalem during a UN Security Council session on Monday.
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nicky Healy, said that her country used the veto “in defense of the role of the United States in the Middle East and its role in the peace process.”
On Monday, the Palestinian presidency denounced the US veto against the Egyptian draft resolution, saying it was a mockery of the international community.
Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the US veto in the UN Security Council against a draft resolution on the Trump Declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is against the international consensus and contravenes the resolutions of international legitimacy and Security Council resolutions and represents a complete defiance of the occupation and aggression.
Abu Rudeina stressed that the veto would lead to further isolation of the United States and would constitute a provocation to the international community.
He stressed that his country will continue its movements in the United Nations and in all international institutions to defend the rights of the Palestinian people.