Jerusalem UN vote: India has voted against the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital in the United Nations.
Jerusalem UN vote: India has voted against the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in the United Nations. Apart from India, 127 other countries voted in favour of a resolution opposing the recent move by the US. Nine countries voted against the resolution, while as many as 35 countries abstained. India’s decision assumes grave diplomatic significance as it comes a day after Trump warned countries against opposing the US position. India did not speak on the floor of the Assembly in New York, but after Trump recognized the holy city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it had said that its Palestine position was independent and consistent.
In her intervention at the NAM ministerial meeting on Palestine on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said the path to Israel-Jerusalem peace clearly lay in an early negotiated solution between Israel and Palestine based on mutual recognition and security arrangements. The UN General Assembly resolution moved by Turkey and Yemen stressed that Jerusalem was a final status issue to be resolved through negotiations. It demanded that all States comply with Security Council resolutions regarding Jerusalem, and not recognise any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions.
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In his address to the UN general Assembly, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Trump’s decision was an outrageous assault to all universal values. “The Palestinians have the right to their own state based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital,” he said. “This is the main parameter and only hope for a just and lasting peace in the region. However, the recent decision of a UN Member State to recognise Jerusalem, or Al-Quds, as the capital of Israel, violates international law, including all relevant UN resolutions,” Cavusoglu said.
The eight countries that joined the US in voting against the Turkish resolution were Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and Togo. Among the major countries who abstained the voting were Australia, Bhutan, Canada, Columbia, Hungry, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines, Poland and Uganda. Strongly supporting Trump’s decision US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned that the US may strip funding of those countries that voted against its Jerusalem move.