UN General Assembly to hold emergency meeting on Jerusalem tomorrow

UN General Assembly to hold emergency meeting on Jerusalem tomorrow

The UN General Assembly may hold an emergency meeting on Jerusalem on the morning of December 20, a source said.

The request for the General Assembly meeting was put by a bloc of Arab nations, Turkey and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which bills itself as "the collective voice of the Muslim world".

The President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak, said that the emergency session will be conducted as soon as possible, while the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, expected it to be held on Wednesday or Thursday.

Mansour said the request stipulated that the session be held in accordance with the principle of "Uniting for Peace", in reference to General Assembly 1950 Resolution 377A.

According to the resolution, the General Assembly will take it upon itself to consider matters further if the Security Council fails to exercise its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, Al Jazeera reported.

US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6, reversing decades of US foreign policy and upsetting the Arab world and its Western allies.

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