United Nations to vote Monday on measure rejecting US Jerusalem…

United Nations to vote Monday on measure rejecting US Jerusalem…

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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded", it said.

News agencies are reporting that the UN Security Council on December 18 will vote on a draft resolution rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Trump also plans to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

It was circulated among the 15 members of the Security Council on December 16 and would need nine votes to pass.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

Diplomats told AFP that despite the fact that most, if not all, of the 14 UNSC other members support the resolution, Washington is likely to veto the document during a vote this coming week.

On Dec. 6, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sparking angry demonstrations in many Muslim countries and worldwide condemnation.

Arabic foreign ministers agreed to seek a UN SC resolution on the issue and it also expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem".

It also "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".

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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.

"The US remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides", he said.

It demands that all member-states not recognize any actions that are contrary to United Nations resolutions on the status of the city. The US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, earlier hailed the US decision on Jerusalem as "the just and right thing to do". However, after Israel captured it in 1967 and annexed despite not being recognized by the rest of the worldwide community, it was not returned to Palestine.

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,", US President Donald Trump said, marking a major shift in US policy that observers fear could inflame regional tensions. However, Palestine is against this and calls for the return of Jerusalem's eastern sector to the Palestinians as it was supposed to be the independent Palestinian state.

Mladenov said: "Although the announcement had been widely welcomed in Israel, it had caused much anger among Palestinians and anxiety across the Middle East".

The Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, however, see East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

"We do not accept any role of the United States in the political process from now on".

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