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During its meeting on December 18th, the UN Security Council failed to adopt the draft resolution submitted by Egypt, on behalf of the Arab Group, on Jerusalem, due to the veto cast by the United States.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, said that Egypt regretted not adopting such important resolution, which came as a response from the conscience of the international community that clearly expressed rejection to the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as a capital of Israel. He added that it is alarming that the Security Council is unable to adopt a resolution reaffirming its previous resolutions and positions on the legal status of the City of Jerusalem as an occupied city subject to the final status negotiations of the Palestinian question, in accordance with all the internationally agreed Peace Process terms of reference.
Abu Zeid explained that Egypt, in its capacity as the Arab member at the UNSC, acted immediately in the Security Council to implement the decision of the Arab Foreign Ministers’ emergency meeting in Cairo on December 9th. Egypt's Permanent Mission to the United Nations led a lengthy and calm negotiation process with all members of the Council, in full coordination with the Palestinian Mission, and consultations with the Arab Group in New York, with a view to reaching a balanced formulation of the draft resolution aimed at preserving the legal status of Jerusalem, demanding all States to abide by the relevant Security Council resolutions, and reaffirming on the references of the Peace Process.
He pointed to the fact that the draft resolution was voted by 14 out of the fifteen Security Council members, reasserts that the international community rejects any decisions that target changing the status of the city of Jerusalem, and negatively affecting the future of the Peace Process, and the comprehensive and just settlement of the Palestinian Cause.
The Spokesman added that the Arab Group will meet to assess the situation and determine the next steps to be taken to defend the status of the city of Jerusalem.