Palestinians welcome support after United Nations General Assembly votes criticising US govt's recognition of Jerusalem

Ramallah: The Palestinian president welcomed today a United Nations General Assembly resolution criticising the US government's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

 Palestinians welcome support after United Nations General Assembly votes criticising US govts recognition of Jerusalem

File image of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. AFP

"This decision reaffirms once again that the just Palestinian cause enjoys the support of international law, and no decision by any party can change the reality," a statement from Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's spokesman said, stressing it showed "that Jerusalem is occupied territory under international law."

"We will continue our efforts in the United Nations and all international forums to end the occupation and create a Palestinian state with its capital in east Jerusalem," the statement added.

The General Assembly adopted the motion rejecting US President Donald Trump's December 6 decision by 128 votes to nine, with 35 abstentions.

Trump had warned ahead of the vote in the 193-nation assembly that "we're watching" and threatened reprisals against countries backing the measure, which reaffirms that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations.

The measure was sent to the General Assembly after it was vetoed by the United States at the Security Council on Monday, although all other 14 council members voted in favour.

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Updated Date: Dec 22, 2017 12:03:40 IST