USA vetoes UN Security Council draft resolution on Jerusalem status

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The United Nations Security Council is due to vote Monday on a draft resolution rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

It would also have affirmed that "any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the holy city of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded".

"We also call on all political leaders to encourage everyone to refrain from violence; it is only in a peaceful situation that the chances of peace will be maximised", he said.

Key US allies Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Ukraine were among the 14 countries in the 15-member council that backed the measure, highlighting Washington's isolation.

He will discuss in Paris the establishment of an global mechanism to replace the United States as a mediator for the peace process, based on the French initiative past year, which culminated in a peace conference attended by 25 foreign ministers from Arab and European countries and the United States, but issued a statement without clear mechanisms or a time limit. The U.S. was the sole dissenting vote.

Palestinian President Abbas spokesman blasted the move at the time and said, "it leaves [the impression that] the U.S. its losing its position as a negotiator" and that Washington is "withdrawing from its duties as a sponsor of the diplomatic peace process". Talking about a possible USA veto of the draft resolution, Rycroft said the United States continues to play an important role in the Middle East peace process. "It's a full bias to the occupation and to the aggression".

Meanwhile, China has called for unity of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the worldwide community at large over the issue of Jerusalem and for a common effort toward peace in the Middle East.

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Currently, Palestine is a "non-member observer state", meaning that it has the right to speak but not vote on resolutions.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid expressed regret in a written statement.

Trump's announcement triggered denunciations and demonstrations around the world.

The United States was certain to veto the Egyptian-sponsored resolution, but its Arab supporters wanted the vote to demonstrate that countries everywhere and even many US allies such as Britain, France and Japan are against Trump's action. Trump also plans to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The resolution scored support of 14 members of the UN Security Council.

Haley said Trump "took great care not to prejudge final status negotiations in any way, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem", which must be decided by the Israelis and Palestinians.

"We support the just cause of restoring the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people, support the establishment of a fully sovereign, independent State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. Such a position of China will not change".

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