Friday, January 19th, 2018

UN Security Council to vote Monday on draft rejecting US Jerusalem decision

The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on a draft resolution that would reject U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats said.

Egypt requested the vote Sunday, a day after it presented the measure that is likely to be vetoed by the United States.

The draft U.N. resolution “affirms 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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”

It “calls upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to resolution 478 (1980) of the Security Council.”

The draft also “demands that all states comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, and not to recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions.”

A U.N. Security Council resolution adopted in December last year “underlines that it 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.”

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