78443
The United Nations approved by a resounding vote a motion rejecting the US decision to recognize  Beit-ul-Moqaddas as Israel’s capital on Dec. 21.
The United Nations approved by a resounding vote a motion rejecting the US decision to recognize  Beit-ul-Moqaddas as Israel’s capital on Dec. 21.

UN Rejects US Decision on Beit-ul-Moqaddas

The resolution reaffirms that the status of Beit-ul-Moqaddas must be resolved through negotiations, and that any decision reached outside of that framework must be rescinded

UN Rejects US Decision on Beit-ul-Moqaddas

Defying US President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off funding, the United Nations approved by a resounding vote on Thursday a motion rejecting the US decision to recognize Beit-ul-Moqaddas as Israel’s capital.
The 193-member General Assembly adopted the resolution by 128 to nine with 35 abstentions, in what Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour called a “massive setback” for the United States, AFP reported.
An additional 21 countries did not turn up for the vote, including Ukraine, which had supported the same resolution in the Security Council, indicating the US threats did have a chilling effect on some governments.
Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo joined the United States in opposing the measure.
Among the countries that abstained were Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Romania and Rwanda.
Speaking at the emergency session, US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned the United States “will remember this day.”
“America will put our embassy in Beit-ul-Moqaddas,” Haley said in defense of the US move, which broke with international consensus and unleashed protests across the Muslim world.
“No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that,” Haley said. “But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN.”
“When we make generous contributions to the UN we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected,” she said.
The resolution reaffirms that the status of Beit-ul-Moqaddas must be resolved through negotiations, and that any decision reached outside of that framework must be rescinded.
Without explicitly referencing the US move, it “affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Beit-ul-Moqaddas have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the vote showed the “illegality” of Trump’s decision, urging the United States to withdraw it.

  Unprecedented Test
The motion was sent to the General Assembly after it was vetoed by the United States at the Security Council on Monday, although all other 14 council members voted in favor.
While resolutions by the General Assembly are non-binding, a strong vote in support carries political weight.
Ahead of the vote, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the UN as a “house of lies,” saying Israel “rejects outright this vote, even before it passes.”
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki called the vote an “unprecedented test” for the UN, and referenced the US warning that it was “taking names.”
“History records names, it remembers names —the names of those who stand by what is right and the names of those who speak falsehood,” al-Malki said.
Trump’s decision on December 6 to recognize Beit-ul-Moqaddas as Israel’s capital prompted a flurry of appeals to the United Nations.
The status of the holy city is one of the thorniest issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Trump warned that Washington would closely watch how nations voted, suggesting there could be reprisals for those that back the motion put forward by Yemen and Turkey on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries.
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us,” Trump said.
“Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
The resolution mirrored the text that was vetoed at the Security Council on Monday, and although it does not mention Trump’s decision, it expresses “deep regret at recent decisions” concerning the city’s status.
No country has veto powers in the General Assembly, unlike in the 15-member Security Council where the United States, along with Britain, China, France and Russia, can block any resolution.

Short URL : https://goo.gl/XNwq2J
  1. https://goo.gl/nX8PFp
  • https://goo.gl/MpafE8
  • https://goo.gl/M3n61R
  • https://goo.gl/GWaj44
  • https://goo.gl/DWYKh8

You can also read ...

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) met South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a historic border summit in April.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday his visit...
Bolton to Meet Russian  Counterpart in Switzerland
US National security adviser John Bolton will travel to Geneva...
The collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the Italian port city of Genoa, Italy, on August 15.
Rescue workers combed through the rubble of Italy’s bridge...
Saudi-UAE Air Raids Target Yemen’s Hodaida
Saudi-UAE coalition airstrikes on Yemen’s Hodaida province...
Ghazni Residents Emerge After Taliban Pushed From City
Afghan forces appeared to have finally pushed Taliban fighters...
Pennsylvania Priests Abused Over 1,000 Children
Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested...
Westminster Crash Terror Suspect Named
The man being held on suspicion of terrorism after the...

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints

Trending

Googleplus