Security Council to hold urgent meeting on Jerusalem

Eight countries call for urgent meeting of UN Security Council following Trump's recognition of Jerusalem.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

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Eight countries called on Wednesday for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council after the United States said it recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay want a meeting by the end of the week, the Swedish mission to the 15-member body said, according to AFP.

Japan, which currently holds the council's rotating presidency, had not set a time for the meeting by Wednesday afternoon.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said following President Donald Trump's announcement that Jerusalem's status can only be resolved through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Guterres added that he had "consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures" and stated, "There is no alternative to the two-state solution."

Bolivian Ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz called Trump's move "a reckless and a dangerous decision which goes against international law, the resolutions of the Security Council."

"It's a threat not just to the peace process, but also it's a threat to international peace and security," said the envoy.

Trump had said in his speech earlier on Wednesday that the time had come to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement. Israel is a sovereign nation, with the right - like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace," he said.

"Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government. It is the home of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli Supreme Court. It is the location of the official residences of the Prime Minister and the President. It is the headquarters of many government ministries,” noted Trump.

"Today, we finally acknowledged the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. This is nothing more than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do," he said.

The move was blasted by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said the UK disagreed with the recognition of Jerusalem and said the move was unhelpful to the prospects of regional peace.

The secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat blasted Trump's decision, saying it destroys any hopes for a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

"He destroyed the two-state solution," Erekat declared, adding that Trump "disqualified his country from any role whatsoever" in the peace process.

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