USA outnumbered as it vetoes United Nations vote on Jerusalem

21 December, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Diane Mills
  • USA outnumbered as it vetoes United Nations vote on Jerusalem

Spokesperson of the high commissioner Rupert Colvile says: "Given his severe disability which must have been clearly visible to those who shot him, his killing is incomprehensible and it's a truly shocking act".

The resolution, put up by Egypt and backed by all 13 other spineless members of the council, tried to unwrite 3,000 years of history - until Haley stopped it Monday.

The countries have cited the United States decision to veto a draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem.

Mansour said on Monday he hoped there would be "overwhelming support" in the General Assembly for the resolution. They are, however, seen to carry political weight.

"The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us".

The Future Movement Tuesday condemned the US position in a statement after its parliamentary bloc's meeting, saying it was biased toward Israel and was a flagrant violation of worldwide resolutions in support of the Palestinian right and the rights of the Palestinian people.

"We will take note of each and every vote on this issue", she wrote to several United Nations ambassadors.

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Haley's tweet on Tuesday was not her first time warning that the US would be "taking names" at the U.N. She similarly used the line in January, shortly after taking office, when she advised countries not to cross the U.S.

Only 10 such sessions have been convened, and the last time the General Assembly met in such a session was in 2009 on occupied East Jerusalem and Palestinian territories. The Thursday meeting will be a continuation of that session.

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mirrors the vetoed measure, reaffirming that any decision on the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be rescinded.

"What we witnessed here in the Security Council is an insult", she said.

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's Jerusalem decision upended decades of USA policy on Jerusalem, and has threatened to derail future peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians - talks that Trump has vowed to broker. Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future independent state of their own.


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