US veto on Jerusalem is a 'provocation': Palestinian official

AP , Tuesday 19 Dec 2017

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetos a resolution regarding recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem, during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., December 18, 2017 (Photo: Reuters)

A Palestinian official has denounced the U.S. veto of a U.N. resolution on the status of Jerusalem as a "provocation."

Nabil Abu Rdeneh is an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He says Monday's veto goes against the international consensus, underscores Washington's growing international isolation and "will not help in creating peace in the region."

The Egyptian-sponsored resolution would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It was approved by the 14 other council members, a reflection of the depth of global opposition to Trump's action.

Earlier Monday, Abbas said he will seek a U.N. upgrade for "Palestine," which was recognized in 2012 by the General Assembly as a non-member observer state.

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