General Assembly demands compliance with UN resolutions on Jerusalem

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Panels in the General Assembly Hall showing the final count for the resolution on 'the status of Jerusalem, during the resumed 10th Emergency Special Session on Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Countries are being urged to comply with UN Security Council resolutions on the status of Jerusalem.

This follows a vote in the UN General Assembly on Thursday on a resolution regarding the Holy City that expressed "deep regret at recent decisions."

Earlier this month, United States President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, with plans to move the country's embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Dianne Penn reports.

The General Assembly is where all 193 UN Member States have equal representation.

The majority—128 countries— voted in favour of the resolution while nine voted against it, and 35 abstained.

It demands that "all States comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, and not recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions."

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is the Foreign Minister of Turkey, which drafted the resolution alongside Yemen.

He spoke ahead of the vote.

"The Palestinians have the right to their own state based on 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. 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 recognize Jerusalem, or Al-Quds, as capital of Israel violates international law, including all relevant UN resolutions. This decision is an outrageous assault to all universal values."

The emergency session of the General Assembly took place three days after the UN Security Council failed to adopt a similar resolution.

Although 14 of the 15 ambassadors voted in favour, the resolution was vetoed by the United States, one of five permanent members that possess this right.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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