UN Security Council to Hold Emergency Session on Jerusalem Friday

تم نشره في Thu 7 December / Dec 2017. 01:00 AM
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NEW YORK — The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will meet on Friday at the request of eight states over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The request for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Security Council meeting was made by France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, Britain and Uruguay.

"The UN has given Jerusalem a special legal and political status, which the Security Council has called upon the international community to respect.

That is why we believe the council needs to address this issue with urgency," Deputy Swedish UN Ambassador Carl Skau said on Wednesday.

A UN 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." That resolution was approved with 14 votes in favour and an abstention by former US President Barack Obama’s administration.

After Trump spoke late Wednesday, US Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters: "I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospects of peace for Israelis and Palestinians."

"In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: There is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B," he said.

"I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations."

A Jordanian statement said that King Abdullah has told the US president that such a decision would have "dangerous repercussions on the stability and security in the region" and would obstruct US efforts to resume Arab-Israeli peace talks.