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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

US facing criticism after vetoing SC resolution against Jerusalem proclamation

The US is facing criticism after vetoing the Egypt-drafted UN Security Council resolution against proclaiming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Charlie May writes for Salon. “Even as the 14 other council members, many who are traditionally strong U.S. allies, told the U.S. it had jeopardized the opportunity for a peace process, and threatened stability in the region, Nikki Haley, the nation’s ambassador to the U.N. attempted to spin the situation on the Security Council.” Two days after the Security Council veto, the UN General Assembly adopted yesterday a resolution reaffirming the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and to establish an independent State of Palestine, according to a UN release. 176 countries voted in favor of the motion, while seven — including the US, Israel, and Canada — voted against it. The motion is non-binding, and has been passed several times over the years.

Separately, the UN Security Council adopted another Egypt-sponsored resolution that allows for the delivery of aid across conflict borders in Syria, according to an official Foreign Ministry statement.

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