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US Ambassador to the UN speaking to the journalists Ahmed Fathi and Erol Avdovic at the Scandinavian House in New York at the Kosovo reception (Photo Halil Mula 19 December 2017 for Webpublicapress)

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu 2016 (Photo midleeastpress for education only)

 

Security Council meeting on The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. (UN photo by Eskinder Debebe)

Security Council meeting on The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. (UN photo by Eskinder Debebe)

(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) UNITED NATIONS – New York – The UN General Assembly is ready hold an emergency session to vote on a measure that would require the US to rescind its decisions regarding Jerusalem, a Palestinian diplomat confirmed to Webpublicapress, adding – it is an real expectation the majority of the UN Geberal Assembly to vote in favor.

The emergency session meeting is expected to be presided by 72nd Session president chief of Slovak diplomacy Miroslav Lajčak.

The US representative to the UN ambassador Nikki Haley vetoed a Security Council vote on a similar measure on Monday.

 

US Ambassador Nikki Haley also warned she would report back to President Donald Trump with the names of countries that supported a draft resolution rejecting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, following a UN General Assembly vote to take place on Thursday, Radio Deutsche Welle (RDW) reported quoting other news agencies.

 

President of UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak, Geneva, October 2017 (UN photo for education only)

President of UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak, Geneva, October 2017 (UN photo for education only)

The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency session to vote on the measure which the US vetoed on Monday. The remaining 14 council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, including key US allies such as Italy, Japan, Britain, France and Ukraine.

 

Read more RDW story: US vetoes UN vote for withdrawal of Trump Jerusalem decision

 

While the five permanent members of the Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – had veto power in the first vote, there are no vetoes at the General Assembly.

 

“The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us,” said a letter from Haley seen by AFP.

 

“We will take note of each and every vote on this issue,” she wrote to several UN ambassadors.

 

On Twitter, Haley posted that “the US will be taking names” during the vote on Thursday at the 193-nation assembly. View image on Twitter

 

“At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.” (text from tweet)

 

“We’re always asked to do more and give more,” Haley said in the Twitter post. “So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American people, about where to locate our embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thursday there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice.”

 

Turkey and Yemen requested the emergency session on behalf of the Arab

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu 2016 (Photo midleeastpress for education only)

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu 2016 (Photo midleeastpress for education only)

group of countries and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation. The two countries’ draft measure echoes the measure that was vetoed on Monday, and reiterates that any decision on the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be rescinded.

 

Similarly to the Egyptian-drafted measure, it does not directly reference Trump or the US, but it does express “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”

 

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki had said the Palestinian Authority would seek support for the measure at the General Assembly if Haley exercised Washington’s veto.

 

Malki said in a statement that while Haley considered “the veto a source of pride and strength, we will show her their position is isolated and rejected internationally.”

 

Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as well as move the US Embassy to the city from Tel Aviv, sparked widespread anger and protests among Palestinians and Muslim communities worldwide.

 

US Ambassador to the UN speaking to the journalists Ahmed Fathi and Erol Avdovic at the Scandinavian  House in New York at the Kosovo reception (Photo Halil Mula 19 December 2017 for Webpublicapress)

US Ambassador to the UN speaking to the journalists Ahmed Fathi and Erol Avdovic at the Scandinavian House in New York at the Kosovo reception (Photo Halil Mula 19 December 2017 for Webpublicapress)

Israel seized control of the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and sees the whole of Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, while the Palestinians view the east as the capital of a future state.

 

Under a 1950 resolution, an emergency special session can be called for the General Assembly to consider a matter “with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures” if the Security Council fails to act.

 

Only 10 emergency sessions have been convened. The last such session the General Assembly held was in 2009 on occupied East Jerusalem and Palestinian territories.

 

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