US Isolated at UN After Declaration of Jerusalem

   •    09 Desember 2017 14:06 WIB
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US Isolated at UN After Declaration of Jerusalem
UN Security Council members criticised Trump's decision in an emergency meeting of the world body. (Photo: AFP)

New York: In the latest diplomatic fallout, the United States stood alone as, one after another, fellow UN Security Council members criticised Trump's decision in an emergency meeting of the world body.
 
With Trump's decision having drawn near universal condemnation, the United States saw itself isolated at the Security Council session in New York.
 
Five European countries on the council insisted the new US policy was not consistent with past UN resolutions, including one that considers east Jerusalem to be Israeli-occupied.
 
But the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, told delegates that the White House was serious about the search for peace.
 
"Let me again assure you, the president and this administration remain committed to the peace process," she said.
 
The meeting was convened by eight of the 14 non-US members of the council but was largely symbolic -- no vote on a resolution was planned, as the US has veto power.
 
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas hailed the international concern, according to a statement carried by official Palestinian news agency WAFA.
 
Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, had called for a "day of rage" and its leader Ismail Haniya for the start of a new intifada, or uprising.
 
"We call on our people in all factions and resistances to continue in this blessed intifada until we achieve all our just demands," it said in a statement late Friday.
 
The Israeli army said around 4,500 Palestinians "participated in violent riots" along the Gaza-Israel border.
 
It said that troops shot at "dozens" of what it said were ringleaders of the disturbances along the frontier, but did not specify how many were wounded.
 
In the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians also took part in "violent riots" throughout the territory, with 28 Palestinians arrested and about 65 wounded, the army said. It did not elaborate on the type of injuries. (AFP)



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