UN's Middle East peace envoy Nikolay Mladenov called on the United Nations Security Council to adopt an immediate resolution to halt Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories، foremost of which is East Jerusalem.
During his speech at the UN Security Council session to vote on the Egyptian draft resolution on Jerusalem، Mladenov said that Israel has approved the establishment of 1،200 new settlement units in the occupied city of Jerusalem as well as establishing other 1،400 settlement units in the West Bank. He added that this underlines the continuation of Israel's illegal settlement operations in the occupied Palestinian territories. The UN Security Council is considering whether to render all decisions about the status of Jerusalem void، just days after US President Donald Trump acknowledged the city as Israel's capital.
The 15-member UN Security Council is reviewing a draft resolution that would rescind such decisions and demand that “all states comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem،” according to a draft obtained by Reuters. The draft does not mention Mr Trump or the US specifically. The document was drafted by Egypt، and diplomats say it has broad support – though it will likely be vetoed by Washington. A UN Security Council resolution needs nine votes in its favour and no vetoes from the US، France، Britain، Russia or China in order to pass.