Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

After US veto, UN General Assembly to meet on Jerusalem status

After US veto, UN General Assembly to meet on Jerusalem status

The move would only be symbolic, though, and wouldn't have any actual ramifications for the US or Israel.

The Palestinians immediately announced that they will seek a resolution with similar demands in the 193-member General Assembly, where there are no vetoes.

The remaining 14 Security Council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically mention the United States or Trump but which expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem".

Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the appeal yesterday during a joint news conference with Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, a day after the United States vetoed such a resolution in the UN Security Council.

"The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us", she wrote in a letter reports Israel based Haaretz.

While the General Assembly is beyond the reach of a US veto, unlike the Security Council its resolutions are non-binding.

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On Twitter, Ms Haley posted on Twitter that "the USA will be taking names" during the vote on Thursday at the 193-nation assembly.

"The General Assembly will say, without the fear of the veto, that the global community is refusing to accept the unilateral position of the United States", Mr Mansour told reporters.

The two countries circulated a draft resolution on Tuesday that mirrors the vetoed measure, reaffirming that any decision on the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be rescinded. She said the veto - the first cast by the more than six years - was done "in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America's role in the Middle East peace process".

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated that what "we witnessed here in the Security Council is an insult", adding: "It won't be forgotten".

In a letter dated December 13, Trump expressed gratitude for the gesture and satisfaction that Israelis welcomed his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of their country - which apparently earned him the honor.

Trump abruptly reversed decades of United States policy this month when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington's Western allies. Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future independent state of their own.

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