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UN Security Council to meet on US Jerusalem decision

18 December 2017

The leaked Egyptian-drafted resolution obtained by Al Jazeera, however, does not mention the United States by name, saying it "deeply regrets recent decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem".

The draft says 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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded".

Permanent Observer for the State of Palestine to the U.N. Riyad Mansour addresses the U.N. Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at the United Nations Headquarters in NY, U.S., December 8, 2017.

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution which would find that any change to the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be reversed.

After occupying the city's eastern part in the 1967 War, Israel annexed the territory.

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It follows the unilateral USA recognition this month of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump also plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

A small group of Palestinian protesters on Sunday set fire to placards printed with images of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Middle East negotiator Jason Greenblatt outside Jesus's traditional birthplace, days before their arrival in the region.

In other developments, a special Arab League committee to react to the USA declaration on Jerusalem will comprise the foreign ministers of Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the UAE, along with the organization's Secretary General.

Back to July 1980, Israel passed a law that declared Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel, but the United Nations Security Council responded with a resolution condemning Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem and declared it a violation of worldwide law.

The Security Council already held an emergency meeting on December 8 to address the decision at the request of Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, Britain and Uruguay.

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The draft resolution calls on all countries to refrain from opening embassies in Jerusalem, reflecting concerns that other governments could follow the United States lead.

Palestinians claim East Jerusalem for the capital of an independent state that they seek, while Israel maintains that all of Jerusalem is its capital.

The draft council resolution "demands that all states comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, and not to recognise any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions".

That resolution was approved with 14 votes in favor and an abstention by former US President Barack Obama's administration, which defied heavy pressure from longtime ally Israel and Trump, who was then president-elect, for Washington to wield its veto.

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UN Security Council to meet on US Jerusalem decision