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UN General Assembly adopts resolution on status of Jerusalem

Time: 2017-12-22 12:07  From :HZResearch  Author:HZResearch
Photo taken on Dec 21, 2017 shows the general view of a rare emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York.[Photo/Xinhua]

UNITED NATIONS - The General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution on the status of Jerusalem that will make US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital have no legal effect.

In a rare emergency special session, the draft resolution tabled by Turkey and Yemen was adopted 128-9 with 35 abstentions.

The nine countries that voted against the text were Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Togo, as well as the United States and Israel.

The resolution "affirms that 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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council, and in this regard calls upon all states to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem."

It further demands that all UN member states comply with Security Council resolutions regarding Jerusalem, and not recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions.

Such a vote at the General Assembly is non-binding but a resounding "yes" reflects the collective will of the international community and carries much political weight.

Before the vote, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley repeated the threat to cut aid for the countries that would have voted in favor of the draft as well as US contributions to the United Nations.

She said her country will move its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that."

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