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Ankara - Turkey Says Regrets To See Veto Of U.N. Resolution On Jerusalem

Published on: December 18, 2017 06:01 PM
By: Reuters
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An American tourist poses as she views Jerusalem's walled Old City and the Temple Mount area as seen from the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, 18 December 2017.EPAAn American tourist poses as she views Jerusalem's walled Old City and the Temple Mount area as seen from the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, 18 December 2017.EPA

Ankara - Turkey regrets the vetoing by the United States on Monday of a U.N. Security Council resolution that called for the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to be withdrawn, the Turkish foreign ministry said.

The United States was further isolated over President Donald Trump’s decision when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn despite the other 14 members voting in favor of it.

“The United States being left alone in the vote is a concrete sign of the illegality of its decision on Jerusalem,” the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

It said the U.S. decision to veto the resolution showed once again that Washington had “lost objectivity” and that it was unacceptable for the Security Council to be left “ineffective” with such a move.

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Later on Monday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed the blocking of the resolution in a phone call, and agreed that new tensions that could endanger the peace process in the region should be avoided, sources in Erdogan’s office said.

Erdogan has taken a leading position in opposing the U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, hosting representatives from more than 50 Muslim countries, including U.S. allies, in Istanbul last week for a summit in response.

A communique issued after the summit said the participants considered the move to be a declaration that Washington was withdrawing from its role “as sponsor of peace” in the Middle East.

Trump’s decision broke with decades of U.S. policy and international consensus that Jerusalem’s status must be left to Israeli-Palestinian talks, leading to harsh criticisms from Muslim countries and Israel’s closest European allies, who have also rejected the move.

Jerusalem, revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, is home to Islam’s third-holiest site and has been at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades. Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it in an action not recognized internationally.

Last week, Erdogan said Turkey would seek the annulment of the move at the UN General Assembly if its initiatives in the Security Council failed.



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 Dec 18, 2017 at 07:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Lol, the world superpower, US, “isolated?!” This article is definitely fake news intended to keep kissing up to the terrorist nations.,,

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 Dec 18, 2017 at 07:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Nikki Haley was amazing! How refreshing and beautiful to see the US standing up with Israel against the anti Semites/UN!

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 Dec 18, 2017 at 08:22 PM amerikaner Says:

Just like Trump has no right to declare Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, so does the U.N. have no right to declare Jerusalem the not-capital of Jerusalem. It's NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS.
Jerusalem was always the capital of Israel for THOUSANDS OF YEARS just like an apple is a apple.

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 Dec 18, 2017 at 09:17 PM Liepa Says:

USA, Thank You, once again for standing up for what's righteous and just.

To the leader of Banana Republic of Turkey, I say this, your recent conference with 50 muslim/arab countries participating doesn't mean much because let's face it, these 50 countries hate each others guts, the Sunnis hate the Shiites, the Arabs hate the Kurds, the Persians hate everyone, the tribes in Libya hate the tribes in Yemen. You guys simply put, love to hate each other, so ganging up on Israel is another facet of your ONLY claim to fame, HATE !

Hate is your passion, first and foremost. You're, realistically speaking, a worthless bunch and have given the world nothing but grief in most of the 1400 years you've all been around. In fact, have any of you ever once one a Nobel prize for anything ?

Jews, you see, win Nobel prizes almost every year and not just one Jew but many. Israel, has given more to the world, over the last 70 years, far more than you guys, collectively have given the world over the last 1400 YEARS !!!

If I may sum this all up, you guys are the true definition of 'A BUNCH OF LOSERS'. Enough said

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 Dec 18, 2017 at 09:44 PM grandbear Says:

Since when has turkey become a super player in world politics? They have nothing to give the world ,only old buildings .

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 Dec 19, 2017 at 10:45 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Lol, the world superpower, US, “isolated?!” This article is definitely fake news intended to keep kissing up to the terrorist nations.,,

We are no longer the world superpower.

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