UNGA: Big setback for US, 128 nations reject Jerusalem move

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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United States suffered a massive setback after the UN General Assembly decisively favoured the resolution rejecting Trump regime’s recent decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The motion won after 128 countries backed it, including India.

Only 9 nations, including US, opposed the UNGA motion and hence backed the US, while 35 nations chose to abstain.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump had “warned” ahead of the vote in the 193-nation assembly that “we’re watching” and threatened reprisals against countries that back the measure.

Displaying its robust an independent foreign policy, India also joined 127 other countries to vote in the United Nations General Assembly rejecting US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

India did not speak on the floor of the Assembly in New York, but after Trump recognised the holy city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it had said that its Palestine position was independent and consistent.

In her intervention at the NAM ministerial meeting on Palestine on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said the path to Israel-Jerusalem peace clearly lay in an early negotiated solution between Israel and Palestine based on mutual recognition and security arrangements.

Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Togo and the Pacific island states of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau voted against the resolution, whereas Russia, China, Italy, Greece, Japan, Turkey and even US allies — Britain, France, Germany – were among those who voted in favour of the motion.

Among the major countries who abstained the voting were Australia, Bhutan, Canada, Columbia, Hungry, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines, Poland and Uganda.

File Photo of a session of United Nations General Assembly.

File Photo of a session of United Nations General Assembly.

The UN General Assembly resolution moved by Turkey and Yemen stressed that Jerusalem was a final status issue to be resolved through negotiations. It demanded that all States comply with Security Council resolutions regarding Jerusalem, and not recognise any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions.

Strongly supporting Trump’s decision US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned that the US may strip funding of those countries that voted against its Jerusalem move.

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly. We will remember it when we are called upon to, once again, make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations,” Haley told the General Assembly.

“America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do, and it is the right thing to do. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that. But this vote will make a difference in how Americans view the UN,” the top American diplomat said.

Trump had warned against cutting funds yesterday.

“Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care. This isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody knows what they’re doing,” Trump told reporters at White House yesterday.

Early this week, the US had vetoed a similar resolution in the Security Council. The resolution passed by the General Assembly has no legal implications on the UN member countries.

(With inputs from Agencies)