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UN rejects Jerusalem as Israeli capital; EU says 'two-states' only solution

Nikki Haley defended Trump's announcement and took the occasion to slam the United Nations for what she believes is its 'hostility' toward Israel

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A view of Jerusalem's old city is seen Tuesday. Photo: PTI/AP

The United States found itself isolated at a special Security Council meeting in its recognition of as the capital of Israel, a move that set off alarms about the risk of escalating conflict in the

Eight of the 15 members of the UN Security Council, the organization the looks out for peace and security around the world, had called for an urgent meeting on Friday to analyze the decision taken by Washington, Efe news agency reported.

A sense of how isolated the United States had become was in the air due to the decision announced by President Donald Trump, who since his electoral campaign had expressed an obvious favouritism for Israel's stance on the matter.

"The status of must be determined through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians leading to a final status agreement," the five European nations said in a statement at the end of the meeting.

The "has a clear and united position: we believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between and is based on two States, and with as the capital of both the State of and the State of Palestine," the statement said, indicating that until that occurs, the EU will not recognize any sovereignty over

The European statement was the only collective position issued at the end of the Security Council meeting, which closed without a joint statement or resolution of any kind.

Meanwhile, the US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, defended Trump's announcement and took the occasion to slam the for what she believes is its "hostility" toward

Haley said that for many years, the "has outrageously been one of the world's foremost centers of hostility towards "

At the start of the Security Council meeting, the UN special envoy to the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, sounded that alarm about the recent US decision to recognize as the capital of

In a videoconference from Jerusalem, Mladenov warned of the "potential risk of violent escalation" that exists following that decision and asked that all parties choose dialogue and avoid provocations.

Mladenov said that for both Israelis and Palestinians, "is and always will be the centre of their life, their culture," as well as the "symbol and cornerstone" of the faith of many millions of people around the world.

"is a final status issue for which a comprehensive, just and lasting solution must be achieved through negotiations between the parties," said the UN special envoy to the

He was referring to US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize as the capital of Israel, and said it has caused great "anger" among Palestinians and "anxiety" across the

"Only through constructive dialogue can we hope to achieve peace and I call on all parties to remain engaged," Mladenov said.

 

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First Published: Sat, December 09 2017. 11:28 IST
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