Palestinian Presidency Calls US Veto a Mockery of the International Community

19 December, 2017, 10:58 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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The Palestinian ambassador to the UN has rejected a USA veto in the United Nations Security Council that called for a resolution against President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Egyptian-drafted text reiterated the United Nations position on Jerusalem, affirming "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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council".

The vetoed resolution would have demanded that all countries comply with 10 resolutions on Jerusalem, dating back to 1967, including requirements that the city's final status be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Palestinian envoy led a group of Arab ambassadors in a meeting with Miroslav Lajcak, the president of the General Assembly, to schedule a vote on the draft resolution, probably on Thursday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, for his part, strongly attacked the United States and accused it of supporting Zionist work in Palestine since its inception.

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Turkey will continue to follow developments on the issue to ensure the recognition and preservation of Jerusalem's status as Palestine's capital, Bozda─č added.

Palestine's Hamas group said in a written statement that Jerusalem is Palestine's capital forever, and decisions of the USA and Israel would not change this fact. And she insisted that this position "is fully in line with the previous Security Council resolutions". It had the backing of 14 of the 15 countries on the Security Council, including U.S. allies Britain, France, Japan and Ukraine.

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 United States president's decision.

The deputy prime minister said Turkey believes that United Nations members will stick to their earlier decisions and global law.

In the statement, Hamas urged the worldwide community and the Arab and Islamic world to act for the preservation of Jerusalem and holy places and warned Israel not to take steps to change Jerusalem's present status.

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"We are ready to become an honest mediator here", he said.

"We do it with no joy, but we do it with no reluctance", she told the council.

"We also call on all political leaders to encourage everyone to refrain from violence; it is only in a peaceful situation that the chances of peace will be maximised", he said. And it would have called for intensified and accelerated worldwide and regional efforts to achieve Middle East peace.

The veto cast by US Ambassador Nikki Haley highlights Washington's isolation over Trump's Jerusalem announcement.

The only support for the United States came from Israel.

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He said Haley "lit a candle of truth" and dispelled "lies".

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