Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

UN Security Council to Vote on US Jerusalem Position Withdrawal on Monday

UN Security Council to Vote on US Jerusalem Position Withdrawal on Monday

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

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote Monday on a draft resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats said, a move likely to face a Washington veto.

Many European nations and others call Trump's decision the wrong one at this time and say they have no plans to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

On Monday, the council will discuss the situation around Jerusalem, including the drafted resolution, a diplomatic source told Sputnik.

Israel sees the entire city as its undivided capital, while the Palestinians want the eastern sector, which the global community regards as annexed by Israel, as the capital of their future state.

In order to pass, the resolution would need the votes of nine of the 15 members of the council.

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The draft is expected to find broad support among the 15-member council, but will nearly certainly be vetoed by Washington.

Trump also plans to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

The leaked Egyptian-drafted resolution obtained by Al Jazeera, however, does not mention the United States by name, saying it "deeply regrets recent decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem".

The text also calls on all United Nations member states not to move their diplomatic missions to Jerusalem.

As it stood by Sunday night, the leaked text was a restatement of the UN's position on Jerusalem as outlined through decades of Security Council and General Assembly's resolutions, our correspondent noted.

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Back in December 2016, the UNSC adopted a resolution that explicitly said the global 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".

Backed by Muslim countries, the Palestinians are expected to turn to the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution rejecting the USA decision, if, as expected, the measure is vetoed by the United States at the council.

"No vote or debate will change the clear reality that Jerusalem" is the capital of Israel, Israel's ambassador to the UN, Mr Danny Danon, said.

Rebuffing the move, an extraordinary Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul this week declared East Jerusalem to be Palestine's capital.

Earlier, China expressed its support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with a capital in East Jerusalem.

Moreover, he said that, with Trump's move, the United States had withdrawn itself from a traditional role as the mediator in the search for Mideast peace.

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Trump's announcement last week prompted an outpouring of anger in the Muslim and Arab world, where tens of thousands of people took to the streets to denounce the Jewish state and show solidarity with the Palestinians.

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