Kuwait regrets US veto of UN Jerusalem draft resolution

NEW YORK– Kuwait Ambassador to the UN Mansour Al-Otaibi Monday expressed regret over the US veto of a UN draft resolution on Jerusalem, but said the US move was expected.

The Egyptian-sponsored draft resolution was balanced and reaffirmed status of Jerusalem as listed in previous UN Security Council resolutions, Al-Otaibi told KUNA following the vote.

The US veto is a “negative development that may promote more violence and tension, and abort chances of a permanent and just solution in the Middle East,” he added.

The US bias to Israel, recognition of Jerusalem as capital of the Jewish state and transfer of the embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city are violating UN resolutions and the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, he said.

Al-Otaibi said East Jerusalem was an occupied Palestinian land and the US decision would not have “any legal effect.” The status of Jerusalem has been determined by many resolutions and the city is among the final status issues that should be resolved via negotiations,” he said.

Al-Otaibi said the Arab group to the UN would table a resolution to the UN General Assembly in few days to affirm status of Jerusalem.

“It is our responsibility to continue to act in international arenas to rally support against the American decision and isolate it,” he said.

Source: Kuwait News Agency