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to those existing in 1967 with east jerusalem as its capital and in accordance with resolutions of the security council and the general assembly. thank you very much mr. president. >> think the representative of the state of bolivia. there are no more names in the list of speakers. i now invite council members to form consultations to continue discussions on the subject. the meeting is adjourned. >> [inaudible conversations]
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the 8,139th meeting of the security council is called to order. the provisional agenda for this meeting is frustration in the middle east including the palestinian issue. the agenda is adopted. in accordance with rule 37 of the provisional rules and procedures i invite representative of israel to participate in this meeting. >> it is so decided. >> i propose that the council invite the permanent observer of
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the state of palestine to the united nations to participate in the meeting in accordance with the professional group and procedure as the previous practice in this regard. with there being no objection if it so desired. the security council will now begin its consideration of item number two of the agenda. members of the council have before them document 217-1060 the draft resolution submitted by egypt. i no now give the floor to those members of the council who wish to make statements before the vote and to give the floor to the representative of egypt. >> mr. president, your help today to consider the draft
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resolution procedure. according to the resolution of the emergency meeting of the arab ministerial meeting that was held the night of decembe december 2017. the craft resolution was submitted for emergency situations at a crossroads of the palestinian question and while the security council is addressing the gibbons bearing in mind the scariest situations to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel and to remind you here of the open briefing of the security council held in december how many members of the council objected to that the liberal position and there are
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no legal implications on such a position. it is an issue that lies in the heart of many people around the world undoubtedly addressing this issue must take into consideration this very sensitive topic. however, we are well aware that the only path towards the issue is to rely on the one pillar of international law away from any religious or other beliefs or else there will be repercussions in the situation in the times of chaos which has gone beyond development. >> one of the final issues that must be settled between the palestinian and thpalestinians s
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any attempt at changing the facts on the ground is considered a unilateral measure that would have no legal impact whatsoever if it is in violation of the international law and the resolutions of international legitimacy including general assembly resolution 181 which established two states and one that lies in the international system in addition to the security resolution, 383 which did not recognize any measures related to including the famous
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alum to the violation of the un charter and in addition in violation of poor and 76 and 478 which didn't recognize any measure that will change the status quo in jerusalem. both resolutions refused any israeli wall that wanted to consider it. security council resolution 23342016 renewed express to a very clear legal language that is clear that it denied any attempt offering the demographic or geographic nature of the
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occupied territories since 1967 including east jerusalem. it also stressed that it doesn't like any change to 1967 including the exception of the alterations that come between the two parties. the security council resolution stresses any attempt to add a change in the characteristics have no affect and must be rescinded that we have to object to such with the relevant security council resolution that calls upon all countries in the holy city of jerusalem and in
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compliance with security council resolution 478 of 1980. the resolution demands that all comply with security council resolution regarding the city of jerusalem and not recognizing actions were measures contrary to those resolutions. it also calls for the reversal of the negative trend on the ground that are imperiling the two state solution and for the international and regional efforts in support of achieving the basis of the relevant united nations resolutions security council resolution and in addition to the terms including the principles of the arab peace initiative, the roadmap and the occupation that began in 1967.
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egypt was one of the first who supported and we will continue twe'll continue tofollow suit ue reach full and durable peace. in light of what has been said i call upon all members to implement the international law which is our main term related to the rights and duties concerning this topic and othe others. i want to thank the representative of egypt for his statement and i now give the floor to the representative of uruguay. >> thank you mr. president. we asked for prior to devote to make two comments one with regard to the procedure
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mr. president. with the exception of the meeting that has just concluded where there was no discussion of the detail on the substance and so it was on the previous occasions we've criticized the members of the security council for similar practices which remove strict transparency to take a position without the ability to participate in the draft of the text. we have to reaffirm that this isn't the correct way to work in the council. with regards to substance we
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reaffirm the special status in the city of jerusalem in accordance with the resolution of the general assembly and in particular 181 of 1947 in the security council. resolution 181 which we support to this day recognizes the two states, and it establishes jerusalem and in international special regime that is ministered by the united nations. this is the basis for the special status of jerusalem and the united nations or international law and as such it should have been used as a reference in the text of the resolution. so i aa while ago at the previos meeting we were saying that we
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express our satisfaction at the fact that so many countries today recognize the foundational character of the resolution 181 by referring so much to palestine and into the one and the two states with a special status of jerusalem it is important because at the time a lot of countries did not support resolution 181. mr. president, the final status of traverse one is a question that still has to be resolved. the sovereignty and the limits of jerusalem have to be agreed by israel and palestine by the bilateral negotiations therefore any decision measure or action ... he is or any state would take contrary to this resolution that would change the status of jerusalem will affect the peace
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process and the search for a two state solution a goal to be shared by virtually the entire international community and has been for decades now uruguay has been attempting to find a just solution to the conflict based on the rules of international law and for these reasons and despite a process my delegation supports a draft resolution that is being added to the council. >> i think that representative for the statement. the council is now ready to proceed on the draft resolution before it. i shop at the draft resolution to devote no. will those in favor of the draft resolution contained in the document please raise their ha
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hand. those against? the result is as follows. the draft resolution has been adopted. i now give the floor to the members who wish to make a statement after the vote. i get the floo give the floor te representatives of the united states. thank you mr. president. i've been a proud representative of the united states at the united nations for nearly a year now. this first time i've exercised
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the american right to veto resolution in the security council. the exercise of the toe isn't something the united states has often. we haven't done it in more than six years. we do it with no joy about with no reluctance. the fact that this veto is being done in defense of american sovereignty and independence of america's role in the middle east peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us. it should be an embarrassment for the remainder of the security council. as i pointed out when we discussed the topic ten days ago, i will once again note the features of the president's announcement on jerusalem that are the most relevant. the president took great care not to prejudge final status negotiations in any way including the specific boundaries of the sovereignty in jerusalem. that remains the subject to be negotiated only by the party.
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the position is fully in line with the previous security council resolution. the president was also careful to state that we support the status quo regarding jerusalem and we support a two state solution if that is what the parties agree to. again, these positions are fully consistent with the previous security council resolution. it is regrettable that some are trying to distort the president's position to serve their own agenda. what is troublesome to some people is not that the united states has harmed the peace process. we have in fact done no such thing. rather what is troublesome to some people is that the united states has the courage and honesty to recognize a fundamental reality. jerusalem has been the political, cultural and spiritual homeland of the jewish people for thousands of years.
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they've had no other capital city. the united states recognition of the obvious that drusilla missed the capital of the modern israeli government is too much for some. first, some have threatened violence on the street as if it would somehow improve the prospect of peace. not today. in diplomatic jargon, some presumed to america where to put our energy. the united states as a sovereign right to determine where and whether wwhat the reestablishinf embassies. i suspect very few member states would welcome the security council pronouncements of the sovereign decisions and i think of some who should fear it. it's worth noting that this is not a new american position. back in 1980 when jimmy carter was an american president of the security council vote on the resolution 478, which called
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upon diplomatic missions to relocate from jerusalem. the united states to support the resolution 470. in his remarks, then secretary of state said the following. the draft resolution before us today is illustrated with a preoccupation that has produced a series of unbalanced and unrealistic text on middle east issues. specifically regarding the provision on diplomatic missions the secretary said in our judgment this provision is not binding on it is without force and we reject it as a disrupted attempts to dictate to other nations. it does nothing to promote a resolution of the difficult problems facing israel and its neighbors. it does nothing to advance the cause of peace. that was in 1980. it is equally true today. the united states will not be
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told by any country where we can put our embassy. buried even deeper in the jargon of the resolution is the accusation that the united states is setting back the prospect of peace in the middle east. that is a scandalous charge. of those who are making it should consider that it only harms the very palestinian people they claim to speak for. what does it again the palestinian people for their leaders to throw up roadblocks to the negotiations? a peace process that is damaged by the simple recognition that jerusalem is the capital of israel is not a peace process. it is a justification for an endless stalemate. what does it gain the palestinian people for some of their leaders to accuse the united states of being hostile to the cause of peace? it gains them nothing but it
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risks costing them a great deal. the united states has done more than any other country to assist the palestinian people, by far. since 1994, we've given over $5 billion to the palestinians in economic assistance, security assistance and humanitarian assistance. the united nations worked for the palestinian refugees operating at schools and medical facilities throughout the region. it is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. last year the united states voluntarily funded almost 30% of the budget. that's more than the next two largest donors combined. and it's vastly more than some of the members of this council that have considerable financial resources of their own. i will be blunt, when the american people see a group of countries whose total
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contribution to the palestinian people is less than 1% of the budget, when they see the countries accused the united states of being insufficiently committed to peace, the american people lose their patience. i've been to the palestinian refugee camps, the united states supports the contributions. i've met with men, women and children. i've advocated on their behalf. i can tell you that their leaders do them no favors by being open to abandoning peace negotiations than to doing the hard work of seeing them through to completion. the united states has never been more committed to peace in the middle east. we were committed to that before, the president announced the recognition of jerusalem as the capital of israel and we are committed to it today. what we witnessed today in the security council is an insult. it will not be forgotten.
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it's one more sample of the united nations doing more harm than good in addressing the palestinian conflict. today for the simple act of deciding where to put our embassy, the united states was forced to defend its sovereign sovereignty. the record will reflect that we did so probably. today for acknowledging basic truth about the capital city of of israel, we are accused of harming peace. the record will reflect that we reject that outrageous claim. for these reasons and with the best interest of both the israeli and the palestinian people firmly in mind, the united states votes no on this resolution. thank you. >> i think the representatives of the united states of america for the statement and i now give the floor to the representative of the united kingdom. >> thank you mr. president i now give the floor to the representative of the united
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kingdom. >> thank you, mister president. the united kingdom voted in favor of the draft resolution before us because it is in line with previous security council resolutions including 242-47-6478 and 2334, and with our established position on the status of jerusalem. that position is clear and long-standing. the status of jerusalem should be determined through a negotiated settlement between the israelis and palestinians and should be shared capital of the is really in an palestinian states. in line with those resolutions we regard east jerusalem as part of the occupied palestinian territory. as we previously said we disagree with the us decision unilaterally to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel before final agreement and to move the us embassy to jerusalem. as recent events in the region have shown these decisions are unhelpful to the prospects for peace in the region and all of
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us in the counselor remain committed. the british embassy to israel is based in tel aviv and we have no plans to move it. importantly the resolution that has just been voted on stressed that jerusalem is an issue to be resolved through negotiations, affirming decisions that purportedly altered the status of composition of the holy city of jerusalem have no legal effect, demand that all states comply with security council resolutions regarding jerusalem and call for the intensification and acceleration of international and regional efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace in the middle east without delay. our positions and the security council met on 8 december has
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not changed. we recognize that jerusalem holds huge significance and holiness for jews, muslims and christians. we reiterate the fundamental necessity of maintaining the status quo at the holy sites, and particularly the temple mount. we continue to valley jordan's role as custodians of the holy site and remain fully supportive of their efforts to maintain calm. we must all look forward, we share donald trump's desire to bring an end to this conflict and welcome commitment to a two state solution negotiated between the parties in calling a clear acknowledgment the final phase of jerusalem including the sovereign bounds within the city must be subject to negotiations and our commitment to a position on an israeli-palestinian peace agreement does not changed. it should be based on june 4, 1967, with equal reflection of
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national security and religious interests of the jewish and palestinian peoples. jerusalem should be the shared capital of the israeli and palestinian states and it status must be determined through a final status agreement. a just, fair, agreed, realistic settlement of refugees is needed that is demographically compatible with the principles of two states, two people. this position is consistent with the resolution before us. we strongly encourage the us administration to bring forward detailed proposals for an israeli-palestinian settlement, we call on all parties to act with restraint, reject violence and work together to ensure calm and stability giving the peace process the best chance of success. we remain fully supportive of the progress of lasting peace and will do everything we can to achieve it. >> mister president, any peace effort needs to take account of the people, not just the land and holy sites. for too long israelis have lived in fear of rockets and
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terror retail icon people's daily lives and renders peace hard to achieve as do attempts by some to deny the ancient and legitimate connection of the jewish and palestinian people to jerusalem. for palestinians living outside east jerusalem including the old city many are effectively cut off from it. those that can enter have to wait in long lines to pastor check points within east jerusalem, 320,000 palestinians, the vast majority are permanent residents so their permits can be revoked at any point. if they apply for israeli citizenship, a high proportion of applications are rejected. the lives of jews and palestinians and both groups for which jerusalem is uniquely holy must not be submit is forgotten in any peace effort. i once again reaffirm our strong support for renewed peace negotiations between the israelis and palestinians as
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soon as possible. these should be supported by the international community and realize the vision of you in general is only resolution 181, 70th anniversary of we march last month, a safe and secure israel and homeland for the jewish people living alongside the viable and sovereign palestinian state, the homeland for the palestinian people, thank you. >> i think the representatives of the united kingdom for his statement and now give control to the representative from france. >> mister president, france regret the outcome of the vote today and thank egypt for the quality of the work it has accomplished and the balanced approach that it followed. this vote was a foregone conclusion for reasons i would
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like to refer to today. first of all this confirms international consensus on jerusalem that has been built over decades and today which is translated into international law. the decisions announced by the president of the united states which we regret do not in any way modify the common foundation on which a peace agreement must be based. as president macron said, this relates the international community. it has been dealt with by several resolutions of the security council, it is normal the security council be seized and reaffirmed the principles and framework defined on jerusalem through resolutions 476, and 478. this is what the text does, no
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more, no less, the status of jerusalem must be examined by parties in the framework of a peace agreement, in the absence of an agreement in consortiums with the consensus that has prevailed for 70 years in the international community, france does not recognize sovereignty over jerusalem. also following the conflict of june 1967 we did not recognize the annexation of east jerusalem which is part of the occupied territories and international law. also in 1980 we did not recognize the unilateral acts taken by israel concerning jerusalem. before and after, jerusalem, capital of israel, this council adopted resolutions 476, and 478 which among other things state two principles this council has been called upon to pronouns itself, all decisions
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or actions aimed at altering the state of jerusalem or its geographic, demographic or historic characteristics is considered null and void and must be abandoned. all member states of the united nations which established diplomatic missions in jerusalem must withdraw them from the city. that is what happened following resolution 478 without any exception. what was at stake than as today is no more, no less than the jewish link with jerusalem, also the political framework and parameters for a resolution to the conflict. the result of the vote today translates the will of 14 members of the council to reaffirm collective attachment to international law, in particular resolutions of this council, on a central issue mainly the status of jerusalem, this is decisive for any
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prospect for peace, underscores the willingness of a broad member of the majority of the council do not recognize any decision contrary to its resolutions and this is requested in the draft presented by egypt. with regard to the united states, their voice and position have a particular impact comment is incumbent upon them to explain the accountability of the announcement made by the president on 6 december with international consensus with which no credible effort of peace can be conducted. because let's be under no illusion, this is my second point, without an agreement on jerusalem there will be no peace agreement. france and its partners in the european union believe jerusalem could become the capital of two states, israel and palestine, modalities defined by parties securing
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negotiation. the unilateral decision can replace this. we all know there is no other solution than that of two states, the solution of a single state where two regimes of citizenship would coexist is an illusion which would mark the ruin of the aspirations of the palestinians and democratic aspirations of the israelis. neither party or the international community could resign themselves to this. to take this further and be absolutely clear there is no alternative to the solution of two states and no solution of two states without an agreement between the parties on jerusalem and no agreement is possible outside the internationally recognized parameters. we have noted the willingness expressed on 6 december by the president of the united states to support the two state solution, expressed the wish this would open the way to a
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return of the united states to the consensus of the international community. my third point is the question on the status of jerusalem must take into account the reality on the ground as experienced by its inhabitants, through resolutions adopted on jerusalem which are reflected in the draft on which we have just voted. the reality of jerusalem is not limited to one single story. more than 300,000 palestinians live there representing 40% of the population of the city. it is an israeli city and the palestinian city. it should in future become the capital of two states but it is already the city of the two populations which coexist there. the fourth point, the historic and religious importance of
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jerusalem makes it a key part of solving an israeli and palestinian conflict and makes it important to reach international stability more than ever before there is a need to preserve the status quo in the holy sites of jerusalem and specifically the status quo of 1967, this must be reaffirmed. over and above this any approach to the question of jerusalem overall must focus tensions in the city. . the risk that we have to be aware of is that a political conflict which could be subject to compromise could be converted into a religious conflict which by its nature would be intractable. only the radicals, to the detriment of moderates in the region. finally, this is my fifth and
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last point, following with concern the situation on the ground, ten days of confrontations have led to the death of at least eight people and hundreds of wounded in gaza, the west bank and several areas of jerusalem, the reprisal of rocket fire from gaza which we condemn is also a worrying sign. we must do everything we can to prevent an escalation of the situation on the ground which is why we call upon everyone to show restraint and deploy all efforts necessary to see a return to calm. over and above this there are negative effects on the region caused by the announcement on 6 december and the way this can be interpreted, we call upon all regional players to help
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calm the situation. in the context of tensions on the ground and regional crises it is indispensable to recall our collective attachment to the preservation of the parameters agreed on the status of jerusalem. the vote today has provided an opportunity despite its predictive outcome. the the question of jerusalem we've seen not only the preservation of the solution of two states but also the realization of the aspirations of both parties and respect for international law, resolutions of the security council and the legitimacy of this council. mister president, allow me to conclude by stressing three points briefly. given its symbolism, jerusalem is the key for peace between israel and palestine. without an agreement on jerusalem there cannot be a peace agreement.
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this is why the outcome of jerusalem and the situation in jerusalem can only be decided by the parties themselves with the support of the united nations and not through a unilateral decision. today there is a body of international law and international consensus on the two state solution with jerusalem as a capital for both states and parameters that would be agreed-upon for resolving the situation. the egyptian text recall these elements. and this is why france voted in favor of this text as a permanent member of the security council, as a friend of israel and palestine france will spare no effort to bring the parties to the table of negotiation and achieve an
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agreement in accordance with resolutions of this council. there is no shortcut to this hard path and continuing to speak truth to both parties on this issue which i underscore is key to stability in the whole of the middle east which is why it is essential that we don't cease our efforts, the we continue to meet in the council and ensure we can play our full role on this crucial issue and you can be assured of the commitment on the end of france, thank you. >> i think the representative from france for his statement and now i represent the representative of senegal. >> translator: mister president, senegal supported the resolution drafted by egypt which aims at recalling the
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parameters around the historic and political issues of jerusalem which is very dear to the conflict and the entire world. the holy city represents a symbol for the three monotheistic abraham religions which is why we pay tribute to jordan in their capacity as the guarantor of holy sites alongside the jewish people. we have to preserve the international consensus on the status of jerusalem which the israeli and palestinian parties with support of the international community and particularly the security council need to consider when
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they discuss final status issues. we need to preserve the historic standards on jerusalem to make sure the holy city can keep its identity in the spirit of tolerance, openness and sharing which characterized, that is the reason senegal calls once again for strict respect of the status quo regarding jerusalem in line with the international parameters which are acknowledged and recognized through 476-478 of the security council. these parameters were earlier determined by the foundational resolution of the general assembly, 151 which enshrined the jerusalem's capital for the two states, jerusalem's final
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status is qualified in this resolution, 181. it is an opportunity for us to launch an appeal to the parties to display the greatest restraint and avoid escalation at this difficult moment. the outcome of the vote, mister president should not lead to desperation or lead us to give up, quite the contrary, we need to persevere and build on the basis of the agreed long-standing parameters and existing initiatives including our piece initiative and let's say very loudly the laudable efforts made by the american administration on the field on the ground. >> i give the floor to the representative from turkey. >> thank you, mister president.
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mister president, about which we are not bashful and displayed quite openly to both israelis and palestinians. in our position, has always been assistant and we believe physically. as much as we support the right of his real to exist in peace as a community we support the inalienable right of the palestinian people to self-determination and their right to exist as a free and independent state. this is consistent with the resolutions and the decisions of continental organization. with regard to recent
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developments around the issue we have had the opportunity to express our position on the matter in the emergency meeting of this council held on 8 december. we believe it is a status issues that must be resolved through direct negotiations regarding two parties for the basis of the security council in general is simply resolutions taking account the legitimate concerns of the palestinians and israelis. the draft resolution for egypt today affirms this principle by the united nations and that is why we support it, the balance draft that egypt takes although the draft could not be adopted there is no denying the fact the latest developments have
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once again brought israeli and palestinian disputes back to the 4 and the agency reintegrating the peace process without any further delay. in this connection it is absolutely open to work toward easing tensions and restoring a matter of urgency. it is also vital that the parties in the foot -- refrain from taking actions that could further aggravate the tense situation. however, removing the long-standing hindrance to progress so far is imperative in order to create the necessary conditions for resumption of direct negotiations between the two parties, this is on the basis of the two state formula which is the only viable option for
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peace. that is why we support the intensification and acceleration of national and regional efforts achieving a comprehensive lasting solution in spite of lack of unity today it is incumbent on this council to discharge its responsibilities in support of efforts for the sake of peace between israelis and palestinians and peace, thank you, mister president. >> i think representative of egypt for his statement and give the floor to the representative of the russian federation. >> translator: we would like to thank the special coordinator in the middle east for the impromptu briefing. we fully support the work you're making, you're an
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objective broker. we in moscow are following closely the development of the situation on the palestinian israeli trap which we are convinced the solution of the issue and palestine is something of fundamental importance for the purpose of long-term normalization of the situation in the middle east, no other regional challenges can obscure this fact and the persistent vacuum in the political process gives rise to a deep concern on our part and any unilateral action strengthens the risk of the conflict spiraling and make it more difficult to relaunch direct policy and israeli negotiations, a serious criticism of mass protest, the reaction of the decision on jerusalem and this was understandable given jerusalem is the cradle, and the most
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sensitive issue, the issue, this issue need to be on the basis of the recognized basis in the framework of a bilateral dialogue, and call upon all parties to show restraint and refrain from actions fraud with dangerous processes. the exact methodology for a settlement approved in many resolutions by the security council being passed over the past decades and remain fully in force today. a settlement activity by israel, provocative rhetoric on both sides, the outbursts of violence and difficult humanitarian situation, in the gaza strip, we are hearing the prospect of the two state solution is being diluted. at the same time we remain
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committed to the decisions that provide an existence in peace and security of an independent state of palestine with a n east jerusalem and west jerusalem will be the capital of the state of israel and the unity of the palestinian people, this is a movement in the right direction. we in turn will continue encouraging all palestinian parties to overturn the rift as soon as possible. comprehensive settlement in the middle east can only be attained provided the legal basis that includes relevant resolution of the security council. russia on bilateral basis, and
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intensifying efforts not of the current impasse of the middle east, and underscore the energetic role by regional players in egypt and jordan and at the same time we need to ensure that the united nations agencies and work agency needs to be assisted is because this is a main mechanism of alleviating the burden, in the middle east and ultimately extending assistance to those arab states to find themselves. and in the region, moving towards direct israeli-palestinian negotiates, and because of this reiterate
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relevance of our proposal in russia, a summit between leaders of palestine and israel, we are ready to become an honest mediator here, we support trust and friendly relations with all peoples in the middle east, and not burdened by negative heritage of the past, the russian political practice never used the method of colonialism or internal affairs, which let's be honest, became the reason of the lamentable situation in the region today but we cannot give up, let's look into the future, the priority remains the same, pulling efforts and fighting terrorism when it comes to
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settling regional conflicts. this could be helped if we launch the initiative by the foreign minister on conducting the security council of a comprehensive review of the situation in the middle east. thank you. >> thank representatives of the russian federation for the statement, i give the floor to the representative of sweden. >> we regret that the council was unable to adopt the resolution before us. in this council we outlined the reasons why we disagree with you is recognition of jerusalem as capital of israel and a plan to move the us embassy to that city. we voted in favor of this draft resolution for a number of reasons, it stresses jerusalem is the final status issue resolved through negotiations, furthermore reaffirms the holy city of jerusalem, to three
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religions. and the view of the council expressed in previous resolutions that any decision and actions that purport to have altered the character and status of jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded. and the diplomatic missions in jerusalem in resolution 478. and in favor of the resolution today. today's vote cannot impact the resolution adopted by the council. the status of jerusalem remains unchanged. we urgently need to relaunch the peace process, it is time to show commitment and move ahead with detailed peace plan
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of status issues in known parameters. and stakeholders including regional actors should engage more than ever for peace in the middle east. thank you very much. >> i think representative of sweden for the statement and give the floor. >> mister president, supporting the resolution, reaffirm well-established principles, and security council resolution in jerusalem, it is consistent with the position on this matter. the emergency meeting of the council, and the status of jerusalem, and negotiated between israel and palestine,
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the framework of the police process to the establishment of two states living side by side in peace and security, taking into account legitimate concerns and activation. and open the political -- rooted in the two state solution and intensification of international and regional efforts towards comprehensive lasting peace in the middle east. in this regard a crucial role to be played by the united states, look forward to hearing the views of the us administration of possible proposals for the israeli-palestinian settlement building on the extensive context and intense dialogue with parties over the past
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year. at the same time we have deep concern for increased sanction over the past weeks and reaffirmed here our firm condemnation of the latest rocket attack against israel. and escalation of violence would be negative, we call on all actors in palestine and the middle east, and exercise restraint. the only way forward, rejection of violence. >> i think representative vividly for his statement and give the floor to the representative of the ukraine. >> in favor of the draft resolution by egypt and jerusalem, and in strict
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compliance of the security council resolution with 1980, in 2016. and reaffirmed the acquisition. and the violation of this council, and strongly convinced there's no other viable alternative to the two state solution and urged both sides to engage in constructive negotiation process. given the sensitive nature of the issue we hold current escalation can be contained and will not get out of control. finally, mister president, raised by distinguish colleague from uruguay. the incoming members of this council to take it into
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consideration. >> i think representative of ukraine for the statement and give the floor to the representative of china. >> mister president, china, voted in favor of the draft resolution that was just put to vote. the palestine issue is at the core of the issue, root cause issue the middle east peace with which the issue of jerusalem is particularly complicated and sensitive for the palestine issue. for many years a series of security council resolutions including 2334 made stipulations on the issue of jerusalem. and by egypt, a continuation of
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the spirit of consolations, and to remain united, with the situation related to jerusalem, and the middle east peace process. china consistently and firmly supported the middle east peace process, and restoring legitimate national rights of the palestinian people, taking the basis of east jerusalem as its capital. such a position of china will not change. generally guided by the 4 point proposal put forward in this past july pushing for a
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solution in the palestine issue based on the two state solution and promote peace and stability and we urge the international community to adhere to resolutions on the security council, and resumption of peace negotiations and find a resolution to key issues including the status of jerusalem, they achieve a comprehensive lasting solution to the issue of palestine at an early date. >> i think representative for statement and give the floor to the representative of the national state of bolivia. >> thank you, mister president. bolivia wasn't in favor of the draft resolution presented today by the collision of egypt because it reaffirms the
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definitive status of jerusalem should be resolved through negotiations. a decision or act that seeks to change this status or demographic, and no effect whatsoever. they should be revoked with a relevant un security council resolutions. if we change a continuation of the effort endangering the two state solution we must ensure efforts to achieve broad lasting peace. we call once again on the government of the united states of america to reconsider its decision to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel and remove its diplomatic
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representation because it would only undermine any possibility of a dialogue between the parties and make it more difficult to reach the solution to this. for 1980, and the withdrawal, and in jerusalem. we wish to recall it was the united nations provided for the status of jerusalem and reiterated all measures, were null and void, bolivia is no
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less convinced the long term alternative to solving this conflict is the two state solution where we will see free, sovereign independent state of palestine from pre-1967, east jerusalem as its capital with the relevant security council, thank you very much. >> give the floor to the representatives. >> our delegation for the resolution proposed by egypt. the position from the middle east peace process remains unchanged. urging the parties to maintain a historical status for jerusalem in accordance with international agreements and resulting in the two state solution and stand for early
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resumption for the bilateral format and result preconditions. the ultimate goal should be restoration of the peace process in accordance with israeli and security council resolutions and principles of lasting exchange for arab peace initiative. it is necessary to identify acceptable principles in the peace process and future implementing. we therefore urge israel and palestine to take complete steps in the areas that will exchange prospects for peace based on the inalienable right of the palestinians and the right of israel to its own durable long-term security. >> i think him for his statement, i shall make a
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statement in my capacity of japan. in the peace process remains clear. a two state solution and belief, and negotiations, with resolutions and previous agreements in parties. it is in favor of the draft resolution. and ambassador haley today. and facilitating lasting peace agreement and supported two state solution, and note the importance of the president's clear acknowledgment the final status of jerusalem including the boundaries in the city must
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be subject to negotiation between parties and welcome the us to play an important role in advancing the peace process. concern about the possibility of the worsening of the environment surrounding the middle east peace process or deterioration of the situation of the middle east region continuing risks on the ground is worrisome. and committees to meaningful progress in the peace process. and the negotiating table. and in negotiations in the parties. and constructively engaged in this issue to promote an environment conducive to
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meaningful negotiations with a view to a two state solution. and the council, i give the floor to the observer of observer states of palestine. >> >> translator: at the outset, i would think japan and its capacity as security council for convening this important meeting. would like also to thank all members of the security council who voted in favor of the joint resolution. those who have recognized the urgency of this matter and the need for action in light of the decision announced by the
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united states of america contrary to united nations resolution regarding the holy city of jerusalem. we are grateful to the arab republic of egypt for its efforts and submitting this draft resolution as an arab member of the security council. a total rejection of the us decision and international consensus on jerusalem, the message has been unequivocal. all security resolutions concerning the status of the holy city of jerusalem and the rest of the palestinian territory by israel since 1967 are legally binding, legally
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binding, and must be respected. without question and without exception including security council resolution 2334 of 2016 which a roadmap, it is an entrenched resolution in international law that reflects reality. the latest us decision on jerusalem attacks this reality. the same applies to the rhetoric in the morning and afternoon, they encountered reality and we rejected them. we reject them in their entirety. with regard to resolution 2334, it is clearly condemns settlement violence and against
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civilians and promotion of the peace, this is a big mistake when it is said the implementation of the international law and illegal settlements is the thing that stands in the way of peace. this is a farce. when the security council and international law -- rather than the illegal position of the occupying power and settlement as we heard today from the representative of a major power and a member of this council this was also strongly reaffirmed by the
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statements of states and across the world and emergency meeting of the security council on the eighth of december and through the decisions of the arab council in cairo on december 9th and the organization appropriation held in istanbul on december 13th. and the position of the african union among others and the overwhelming support of councilmembers for the draft resolution just voted on. this stood in the way of the resolution, the international will, other frameworks. for its position in the days to
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come, the draft resolution restates any decision aiming at changing of jerusalem has no illegal effects is null and void in accordance with security council resolutions, and actions that ran counter on that to establish political missions and the holy city. it called for intensifying international aimed at achieving lasting comprehensive and peaceful solution based on relevant un resolutions and legitimacy and principles in order to end the israeli occupation of territory in east
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jerusalem and results of the vote is demonstration of the position of the community that recognizes them and specificity of the situation and status of jerusalem to the city and one state decided to propose level work, with regard to the long-standing issues that has always been respected by all including the former us administration. since 1947. and decided to stand by israel as an occupying power.
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and international resolution day by day in a flagrant manner, regrettably the united states chooses to disregard international law and to ignore the international consensus and stand with the israeli occupation at the expense of human rights and the nature of our cause, the united states missed the opportunity to correct its illegal decision with jerusalem and resisted its historic sense to reiterate once again the us united state
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broker and future peace process, what we heard today, the occupying power a different position between us and the is really's. it is paradoxical, and a peace plan, the administration to further obstruct and delay this, underscores, from old formulas and imperatives going forward. they remain valid and
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implementation, and it is in the past about what to do. and will either, it is paradoxical, the council's authority, in all other cases, in any other issue in palestine. it has to do with palestine in balance, we refuse palestine be the exception to every rule and international community, and respect to the applicable laws,
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that are the core of the peaceful solution to the palestinian questions, the us decision encourages israel to persist in crimes against palestinian people and continue occupation. and no rhetoric hides their complacency and prolonging the occupation and no region can conceive of these facts, unilateral decision in violation of security council resolution, and the unending, ignites religious sentiment,
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with muslims and christians, that these actions make peace more elusive, more than ever. and regional conflict, with grave consequences on peace and security. and terror. with such recklessness for full respect of the historic -- and the custodial role of jordan, and continue efforts and coordination in regard to such a section for all provocation and illegal measures undermining the historic status
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quo. this irresponsible, in the palestinians, in the heart of palestine. our history, culture, heritage and religion as muslims and christians is so attached to this city, and the land of messages, east jerusalem remains occupied, an integral part of the palestinian territory occupied since 1967 and the capital of the state of
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palestine. and the resolution has permitted israel to continue plotting and scheming to encroach on the palestinian right rather than deterring is real and compelling to respect international law to peace and security, once again, we call on all of these to stand firm by rule of law, with the steadfast palestinian people defending their land in jerusalem defending their land, identity, holy sites, natural place in history and geography, and celebrating coming days, christmas and birth of jesus
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christ, lights will remain turned off in the land of jesus christ and celebrations will not take place in jerusalem. joy has been stolen from us by a decision that reality and violated the rights, insulted the feelings in the world. not only in palestine across the globe, freedom and dignity, and colonialism and unilateralism, thousands demonstrated the us decision, with the israeli occupying forces. 11 palestinians have been killed. 3500 have wandered and hundreds
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arrested. 500 were shot. is will retain hundreds of people, and the families of the martyrs. and freedom for the detained. how many sacrifices do we have to introduce in order for our people to enjoy the rights on par with the rest of the nations of the world? .. world? the arrogance of the occupying power only strengthens our position to liberate the land and achieve independence restoring our rights and dignity including to self-determination and to finally live in freedom, dignity, peace and security and the independent state of currene time. with jerusalem as its capital.
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side-by-side with all the peoples of the region and the globe we urge you to continue to firmly stand on the side of right. those who want peace do not recognize the legal action and method but recommend all rights of the palestinian people as enshrined inpl international law and u.n. resolutions and recognize the state of palestine and stand with freedom as a key to ensuring that peace can finally prevail in the land. thank you, mr. president. >> it think the ambassador of palestine for his statement. i now give the floor to the representative of israel. >> today the united nations take a step backward another step away for truth and justice. almost exactly one year ago in this very same room to adopt this shameful resolution that
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had the audacity to designate judaism the holiest site as a flagrant violation of international law. from jews everywhere those who paid for jerusalem for thousands of years. they belittled the declaration of the jewish people but yet here we are again to find ourselves fighting the same morality. those who voted for two days resolution have only affirmed the decades long double standard when it comes to israel. they are guilty of blatant
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apostasy. every other country has a right to designate the capital city but somehow to have that basic national right in question to say the united states with this absurd resolution with vice president pens and ambassador haley the entire delegation prove the united states does not back down. they continue to advocate for real dialogue and hopeful of peace in our region the palestinians however once again splayed a disturbing trend every time there is meaningful negotiations the palestinians run away.
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every time there is a chance for hope and all too often the international community in 1947 they rejected resolution 181 to move out of the camp david talks and then despite his repeated offers to negotiate they have just one response, or suffer the consequences. the american administration is now working tirelessly with negotiations they like us are eager to have a new hope for peace and by declaring that jerusalem is the capital of the state of israel, president trump was simply stating the
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fact. he hopes to encourage both sides to move forward to the negotiating table that the palestinians responded once again firing at civilians. mr. president, let me be clear we will stand strong when it comes to jerusalem we do not back down. 3000 years ago king david declared the city of jerusalem the capital of the jewish people. and has been the capital almost 70 years we have not given up faced with adversary even for the united nations to determine our fate especially with jerusalem. not then or not now. this week jews all over the
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world are celebrating the holiday upon account. we welcomed the good -- holiday of hanukkah. but it seems those who wish us well have forgotten why. hanukkah is not about gifts it is about the liberation of jerusalem. in the year 16767 bc the king attempted to outlaw jewish practice and desecrate our temple in jerusalem. but a small group of brave fighters we call them the maccabees salon. that is what we are celebrating that is why we light the candle to honor our ancestors who fought more than
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2000 years ago. history did not always go that way for our people just after hanukkah the connection between jerusalem and the jewish people was never broken it will never be broken or the ottoman turks or the british empire even the adversaries are once again for the jewish people will prevail like we always have. mr. president over the past
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few days statements from the jewish people and israel and throughout history even as late as 50 years ago it was denied access and the rest of the world so let me be very clear. of the oppressed minorities to have no right to lecture israel. poisoned by anti- semitism lack of permanence and acceptance for me repeat what we have said time and again to be more free and more open to people more than any other
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time in history that all people of all religions throughout the entire country. to vote with the resolution to remind all of you of the presence in jerusalem this year is another revolution attempting to fight back once more they can vote again and again to denounce our presence in jerusalem you will never succeed to change the bible you cannot rewrite. not long ago the jewish leader called the un that he noted
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that just one small candle of truth we will continue to light the candle of truth. tonight millions of jews around the world will light the seventh candle of hanukkah to celebrate that unbreakable bond and now to finally recognize what always has been and will be the capital of the jewish people. thank you. >> thanks to the representative of israel. our meeting is adjourned. [inaudible conversations]
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