UN Security Council To Vote December 18 On Rejecting US Jerusalem Decision

UN to vote Monday on call for Trump's Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

UNSC to Vote on Resolution Rejecting US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

The UN Security Council is reportedly considering a draft resolution aimed at legally voiding any unilateral decision on the status of Jerusalem.

It was circulated between the 15 members of the council and according to Reuters enjoys support, but the usa, which wields veto power in the council, is likely to shoot it down.

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Monday on a draft resolution that would insist decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded, diplomats said on Sunday after US President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital.

The draft resolution obtained by AFP stresses that Jerusalem is an issue "to be resolved through negotiations" and expresses "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem", without specifically mentioning Trump's move.

In 1980, it proclaimed it as its "eternal, undivided capital".

The Security Council consists of five permanent members: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the U.S., as well as 10 non-permanent members. A veto from the US, the United Kingdom, France, Russia or China would effectively kill the resolution.

The move has come after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel on December 6 and announced the transfer of the US Embassy to the city, in a move that has sparked outrage in the Arab world and faced global criticism.

The one-page document, which was drafted by the Egyptian delegation, would declare that any decision on the status of Jerusalem would have no legal effect and must be reversed.

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It calls upon all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.

On December 8, the UN Security Council convened an emergency session to address the U.S. unilateral move.

The vote comes two days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Muslim nations would ask the United Nations for an "annulment" of Trump's December 6 decision.

Back in December 2016, the UNSC adopted a resolution that explicitly said the worldwide community "will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations".

"No vote or debate will change the clear reality that Jerusalem" is the capital of Israel, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, said in a statement, as quoted in the Reuters report. Israel annexed that part of the city in 1967.

According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, the document will be a response to the decision taken this month by the USA administration headed by President Donald Trump.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a press conference following a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on last week's USA recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, on December 13, 2017, in Istanbul. They said that Washington's decision de facto deprived the U.S. of the status of mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

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