CM Mehbooba expresses happiness over India’s decision to vote against US Jerusalem decision

CM Mehbooba expresses happiness over India’s decision to vote against US Jerusalem decision

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SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed her happiness by the decision taken by India to vote in favour of a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly which opposed and rejected US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

 “Very proud to see that India has worked with other countries to make the Israeli capital, Jerusalem, voted in the united nations against the decision. This vote, what our stance about the support of Palestine strengthen,” Mehbooba tweeted.

 Meanwhile, former chief minister Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah expressed his views through a social media platform Tweeter, “I called this one wrong in the morning. Well done MEA for not taking the easy /safe option of abstaining like the 35 others. @realDonaldTrump’s threat backfired spectacularly,” Omar Tweeted.

 Member States in the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday “demanded” that all countries comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the status of Jerusalem, following an earlier decision by the United States to recognize the Holy City as the capital of Israel.

 Through a resolution adopted by a recorded vote of 128 in favour to nine against, with 35 abstentions, the 193-member Assembly expressed “deep regret” over recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem and stressed that the Holy City “is a final status issue to be resolved through negotiations in line with relevant UN resolutions.”

 Action in the Assembly today follows a failed attempt by the Security Council on Monday adopt a similar text reflecting regret among the body’s members about “recent decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem,” with a veto from the United States, a permanent member of the Council.

Ahead of that failed resolution, Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council that the security situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory had become more tense in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s decision on 6 December to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

 Subsequently, Yemen and Turkey, in their respective capacities as Chair of the Arab Group and the Chair of the Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, requested the President of the General Assembly to “urgently resume’ the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly in accordance with the so-named ‘Uniting for peace’ procedure.

 This procedure, under Assembly resolution 377 (1950), is a pathway around a Security Council veto. By it, the Assembly can call an emergency special session to consider a matter “with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures,” if the Security Council fails to act or if there is lack of unanimity among the Council’s permanent members, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States.

 Since the tenth such meeting, the Assembly has temporarily adjourned the emergency special session and authorized “the President of the General Assembly […] to resume its meeting upon request from the Member States,” allowing for speedy consideration by the body of urgent issues.

 The most recent resumed emergency session was in 2009 when the Assembly called a meeting on East Jerusalem and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

 Resolutions in the Assembly are non-binding and do not carry the force of international law as do measures agreed in the Security Council.