UN council weighs measure rejecting US al-Quds decision

UN council weighs measure rejecting US al-Quds decision
Sun Dec 17, 2017 07:52:31

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution affirming that any change to the status of al-Quds (Jerusalem) has no legal effect and must be reversed, in response to the US decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital.

(AFP) -- Egypt circulated the draft text on Saturday, and diplomats said the council could vote on the proposed measure as early as Monday.

Breaking with the international consensus, US President Donald Trump this month announced that he would recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israel's capital and move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, sparking protests and strong condemnation.

The draft resolution obtained by AFP stresses that al-Quds (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.

"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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of "Jerusalem" have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded," it said.

Diplomats said they expected the United States to use its veto power to block the measure while most, if not all, of the 14 other council members were expected to back the draft resolution.

US Vice President Mike Pence will visit al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Wednesday, wading into the crisis over one of the most controversial issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon "strongly condemned" the draft, dismissing it as an attempt by the Palestinians "to reinvent history."

- No embassies in Jerusalem -

The draft resolution calls on all countries to refrain from opening embassies in al-Quds (Jerusalem), reflecting concerns that other governments could follow the US lead.

(Photo: AFP)

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