UN rejects US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Srinagar: The United Nation in its Security Council meet has rejected United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, media reports said.

Pertinently, eight of the 15 members of the UN Security Council, had called for an urgent meeting on Friday to analyze the decision taken by Washington.

“The status of Jerusalem must be determined through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians leading to a final status agreement,” the five European nations said in a statement at the end of the meeting.

The European Union “has a clear and united position: we believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two States, and with Jerusalem as the capital of both the State of Israel and the State of Palestine,” the statement said, indicating that until that occurs, the EU will not recognize any sovereignty over Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, the US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, defended Trump’s announcement and took the occasion to slam the United Nations for what she believes is its “hostility” toward Israel.

Ms. Haley said that for many years, the United Nations “has outrageously been one of the world’s foremost centers of hostility towards Israel.”

At the start of the Security Council meeting, the UN special envoy to the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, sounded that alarm about the recent US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In a videoconference from Jerusalem, Mr. Mladenov warned of the “potential risk of violent escalation” that exists following that decision and asked that all parties choose dialogue and avoid provocations.

Mr. Mladenov said that for both Israelis and Palestinians, Jerusalem “is and always will be the centre of their life, their culture,” as well as the “symbol and cornerstone” of the faith of many millions of people around the world.

“Jerusalem is a final status issue for which a comprehensive, just and lasting solution must be achieved through negotiations between the parties,” said the UN special envoy to the Middle East.

He was referring to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and said it has caused great “anger” among Palestinians and “anxiety” across the Middle East.

“Only through constructive dialogue can we hope to achieve peace and I call on all parties to remain engaged,” Mr. Mladenov said.


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