UNSC to meet today over US decision on Jerusalem

RSTV Bureau
Jerusalem : A view of Jerusalem Old City seen from Mount of Olives, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. AP/PTI

Jerusalem : A view of Jerusalem Old City seen from Mount of Olives, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.
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The United Nations Security Council will be meeting on Friday in the wake of US President Donald Trump announcing his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. At least eight of the 15 members of the Security Council, including permanent members Britain and France, asked for a special meeting of the world body.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is expected to address the Security Council. Earlier Guterres had said that Jerusalem was the final status issue and must be resolved through direct negotiations.

The developments come after Trump on Wednesday recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He also directed the State Department to immediately begin the process of construction of a US Embassy in Jerusalem.

The announcement led to angry reactions from the Arab world and western nations. Protests have been held in Turkish city of Istanbul and capital Ankara, Jordanian capital Amman, Lebanese city of Sidon and Egypt’s Cairo.

Clashes were reported from Gaza Strip and across the occupied West Bank in which atleast 31 Palestinians have been wounded. Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv.

Washington: President Donald Trump with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (right) in White House, Washington, Dec. 6, 2017. AP/PTI

Washington: President Donald Trump with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (right) in White House, Washington, Dec. 6, 2017.
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The move attracted split opinions across the world with several countries raising concerns to even disagreeing with US decision.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the British government disagreed with US President Donald Trump’s decision terming it “unhelpful” for peace efforts.

Echoing Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel too said she “does not support” the US decision stressing that status of Jerusalem can only be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution.

The European Union’s chief diplomat Federica Mogherini too voiced “serious concern”, saying “The aspirations of both parties must be fulfilled and a way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states”.

(With inputs from Agencies)