Thursday, April 19, 2018 | ePaper
UNSC mulls call for Trump`s Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn
The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would affirm that any unilateral decision on the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be rescinded, according to the text obtained the news agencies on Saturday.
The proposed measure comes in response to the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The council could vote on the proposed measure circulated by Egypt as early as Monday, diplomats said.
The U.S. mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the draft. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has praised Trump's decision as "the just and right thing to do."
The draft U.N. resolution "affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic compositionÂ of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council."
It "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."
The draft council resolution "demands that all states comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, and not to recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions."
A U.N. 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."