Comment by the Information and Press Department on US veto of UN Security Council draft resolution on Jerusalem

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:30

On December 18, the UN Security Council voted on a draft resolutions proposed by Egypt on behalf of the “Arab Group.” The draft resolution affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, and calls upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to resolution 478 (1980) of the Security Council.

The Security Council failed to adopt the resolution after the US delegation voted against it. All other members of the Council voted in favour.

By submitting the draft resolution, the Arab states sought to respond to the decision announced by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and instruct the Department of State to work on moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision was criticised not only by Arab and Muslim countries, but around the world, and resulted in an escalation of tensions in the West Bank and Gaza.

It is unfortunate that as a permanent member of the UN Security Council aspiring to the role of the key mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the US has chosen an approach that runs counter to the will of the international community and is diluting the international legal framework of the Middle East Peace Process. It is actually not the first time that this has happened.

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