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Turkey leading the Muslim nations in anti-US campaign

Amidst US veto to the UN Security Council resolution against Trump’s Jerusalem move, UN General Assembly is expected to hold an emergency meeting later this week. Palestine, Turkey and OIC have sought the meeting of the world body.

According to Aljazeera, the President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak, said that the emergency session will be conducted “as soon as possible,” while the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, expected that the session will be held on Wednesday or Thursday.

Mansour said the request stipulated in accordance with the principle of “Uniting for Peace”, in reference to General Assembly 1950 Resolution 377A.

Palestinian ambassador to the UN Riad Mansour , while talking to the media after US veto at the Security Council, said: “It is paradoxical that while we were waiting for a peace plan from the US, the administration instead decided to further obstruct peace and delay its realisation.”

He further said, “The US decision encourages Israel to persist in its crimes against the Palestinian people and to continue its occupation of our territory. No rhetoric will hide this complacency in prolonging the occupation.”

The request for the General Assembly meeting was put forth by a group of Arab countries, Turkey and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which projects itself as “the collective voice of the Muslim world”.

The OIC Extraordinary Summit, held on December 12 in Istanbul, had condemned the US move of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Summit was attended by 22 heads of states and nations and over 30 foreign ministers from 57 member countries.

On December 6, in a major policy shift, US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and asked Department of State to start process of shifting its embassy from Tel Aviv to the city.

Most of European countries and US allies in Middle East have condemned the Washington’s move. Only Israel applauded Trump’s announcement.

According to the proposed resolution, the General Assembly will take it upon itself to consider matters further if UNSC fails to exercise its primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security.

Turkey has been in the forefront of Muslim nations in criticising US administration over its Jerusalem move. Ankara is leading the push in the General Assembly as well.

A Turkish foreign ministry official was quoted by Aljazeera as saying, “The resolution can be passed by getting at least two-thirds of the votes of the members of the UN General Assembly. We already have this number, but Turkey, as well as the other OIC members, are working hard to increase it.”

The occupied East Jerusalem is considered to be the capital for future Palestine state and International law does not recognise Israel’s annexation of the territory, which was captured during 1967 Six Day war.

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