Turkey is set to focus efforts on passing a United Nations General Assembly resolution against the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by the United States on Monday.
The United States vetoed a Security Council draft resolution proposed by Egypt that “calls upon all states to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem”.
Thus, Turkey plans to open up the issue to the General Assembly under Resolution 377A, according to Al Jazeera, citing Turkish sources.
The 67-year-old resolution states that if the Security Council encounters failure in its mission to maintain global peace and security, the matter is left to the assembly.
The resolution can be passed with two thirds of the assembly voting in favor, however, Turkish officials told Al Jazeera that they are working with allies to whip the number higher.
In direct contradiction of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of the entirety of Jerusalem on Dec. 6, Turkish President Recep Erdogan on Sunday made clear plans to open an embassy in East Jerusalem.
This move follows a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation where Erdogan pushes for Muslim leaders to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian future state.
Jerusalem is claimed by Israel as its indivisible capital after annexing East Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967 and for the first time another country recognizes the claim: the United States.
More details to follow. Image 1 of the United Nations General Assembly from Wikimedia Commons.