Egypt Regrets UN Failure To Pass Egypt-Drafted Resolution On Jerusalem

19 December, 2017, 10:56 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • A youth walks past graffiti on a street in Nazareth northern Israel

The Egypt-drafted text sought to ensure that any attempts to alter the characteristics or demographic composition of the Old City of Jerusalem had no effect and were rescinded.

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.

The U.S.is one of the five permanent members of the council, and has the right to veto any resolutions it chooses.

In explaining the veto, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said it was the first USA veto in the Security Council in more than six years.

Haley was adamant that "the United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy".

Haley called the resolution and the votes for it "an insult".

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

"Our view is that the issue of Jerusalem is a final status issue, that Jerusalem should be a shared capitol for Israelis and for Palestinians, and the UK Embassy, for now, will remain in Tel Aviv".

He will discuss in Paris the establishment of an global mechanism to replace the United States as a mediator for the peace process, based on the French initiative a year ago, which culminated in a peace conference attended by 25 foreign ministers from Arab and European countries and the United States, but issued a statement without clear mechanisms or a time limit. He said that it was becoming more important to move "as quickly as possible towards direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations" and reaffirmed Russia's summit proposal between the two warring factions, following President Vladimir Putin's visit to the region last week.


But Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in some of his sharpest rhetoric since Trump's announcement, reiterated in public comments to senior Palestinian officials Monday that he will no longer accept the U.S.as a Mideast mediator.

The U.S. veto came almost a year after the previous U.S. administration abstained in a council vote condemning Israeli settlements, allowing that measure to pass.

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.

The issue of Jerusalem is particularly complicated and sensitive, and involves the basis for finding a solution to the Palestinian issue, he told the Security Council.

Randolph-Macon College history professor Michael Fischbach told VOA that Trump's decision overturned decades of US policy as well as what had been "global consensus" against setting Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

"We declare our rejection of the United States as a political mediator because it has sided with Israel".

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riad Malki said the Palestinian Authority will resort to the UN General Assembly with a new draft resolution against the USA move.

After a vote in the UNSC on a draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem on Monday, Wu Haitao, charge d'affaires of China's permanent mission to the United Nations, said the issue of Palestine is at the core of Middle East peace and a root-cause issue.

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