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India joins UN majority to vote for Jerusalem resolution defying US
Posted:Dec 21, 2017
 
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By Arul Louis
 
India joined the UN majority in voting for a General Assembly resolution criticising President Donald Trump's decision to unilaterally declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move Washington's embassy there.
 
The resolution that was passed by a two-thirds majority on Thursday demands that the Washington comply with Security Council decisions against changing the status of Jerusalem and declares US and Israeli action on the city “null and void.”
 
It only expresses “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem,” stopping short of naming the US or condemning it outright.
 
Defying Trump's threats to cut off aid to countries that voted for the resolution, 128 countries voted for the resolution, while nine countries joined the US and Israel in voting against it.
 
An unusually large number – 35 countries – abstained, and 21 others were absent,showing that Trump's threats had some effect.
 
US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley repeated Trump's warning on aid before the vote describing support for it an "insult" to her country.
 
“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations,” she said. “And we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”
 
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said that by voting for the resolution nations would be rejecting attempts at blackmail and intimidation.
 
He warned that Washington's action could lead to a religious war that “has no boundaries” and only served the interests of extremists.
 
The Assembly resolution followed the US veto on Monday of a similar resolution in the Security Council introduced by Egypt. All the other 14 Council members voted for it, isolating the US.
 
The Assembly resolution was sponsored by Yemen on behalf of the Arab Group in the UN, and by Turkey on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
 
Representing the OIC, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Jerusalem was the holy city of three monotheistic religions and its historic status had to be preserved. Referring to the US threats to withhold aid, he said such “bullying” was unethical and votes were not for sale.
 
While the Assembly resolutions do not have the legal clout of the Council resolutions, they carry political clout, especially when endorsed by a two-thirds majority.
 
Previous Council resolutions have said that the status of Jerusalem and territories occupied by Israel after the 1967 war should not be altered unilaterally.
 
While close US allies like Britain, France and Japan, which had voted for the resolution in Council, again broke ranks with it in the Assembly, there were some surprises. Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's claims to follow a progressive foreign policy, Canada abstained.
 
Five of the countries that voted with the US and Israel were tiny Pacific island nations like Micronesia, and two were from Latin America. No country of any significance politically or in size voted for the resolution, even if some of them abstained or absented themselves.
 
 
 
 
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