USA vetoes UNSC resolution criticising its Jerusalem decision


A UN Security Council resolution calling for the withdrawal of Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has been backed by every council member except the U.S., which used its veto. The draft resolution put to vote on Monday is in line with previous Security Council resolutions and is a continuation of the contents and spirit of past resolutions, said Wu, explaining China's "yes" vote on the draft resolution.

Amb. Matthew Rycroft, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, stated this ahead of the Security Council Briefing on the Middle East and vote on the draft resolution sponsored by Egypt.

The Palestinian people's heritage was intimately interwoven with that of the city and East Jerusalem was the capital of Palestine.

Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer for the State of Palestine, said it is reprehensible that the United States has chosen to disregard worldwide law and undermine its own role in any future peace process.

"The fact that this veto is being done in defence of American sovereignty and in defence of America's role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council", Haley said.

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 resolution did not specifically mention the U.S. but expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem".

Erdoğan at the summit on countries to officially accept that Jerusalem is "the occupied capital of Palestine".

Jerusalem was key for peace, he stressed. "That remains a subject to be negotiated only by the parties", Haley added. "The record will reflect that we did so proudly", the Indian-origin U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said.

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

The draft resolution had included a call on all countries to refrain from opening embassies in Jerusalem, reflecting concerns that other governments could follow the U.S. lead.

Following the USA 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 resolution also called for reversing the "negative trends on the ground that are imperiling the two-State solution" for Arab-Israeli dispute.

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Netanyahu compared Haley to the Maccabees, Jewish warriors commemorated during the current Jewish holiday of Hannukkah for revolting against Hellenic rulers, rededicating the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and establishing a Jewish Kingdom in Judea.