Turkey seeks United Nations help to foil USA decision on Jerusalem

Cheryl Sanders
December 16, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced today that his country will demand before the United Nations (UN) a condemnation of the decision of the U.S. government to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"First we will seek the annulment of the decision at the UN Security Council, and if that fails with a veto, the next step will be to apply to the UN General Assembly", Erdogan said in his video address to a rally over Jerusalem in central Anatolian city of Konya.

The president also recalled that Turkey had called an extraordinary Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Istanbul on December 13 "seven days after the provocative announcement of the USA government".

The status of Jerusalem is among the core issues related to the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

"The Jerusalem decision is a harbinger of new operations targeting the Islamic world", he said.

Trump's declaration about the holy city was met with condemnation from European and Arab world leaders and sparked concerns over potential unrest in the Middle East region.

Erdogan - who regards himself a champion of the Palestinian cause - denounced Israel at the Wednesday OIC summit as a state defined by "occupation" and "terror". He described his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel's government as merely based on reality.

We are launching new initiatives at the United Nations for the annulment of the U.S. decision.

Moreover, he said that with Trump's move the United States had withdrawn itself from a traditional role as the mediator in the search for Mideast peace. "Because it is completely biased towards Israel", Abbas said.

"The truth will win in the end and many countries will certainly recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and also move their embassies", he added in response to the comments made by Muslim leaders during the OIC's emergency summit in Istanbul.

Erdoğan also said that Muslim countries will start new funds to protect Palestinian families, "preventing Israel's seizure of neighborhoods, houses, and workplaces belonging to Muslims".

"During the summit, we took historic decisions regarding Jerusalem and Palestine".

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, was also in attendance and warmly greeted by Erdogan.

In the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, there were minor clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces, which picked up after Friday Islamic prayers.

"You mess with Palestine; you mess with all Peace-lovers in the world".

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