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Reports: UN Security Council To Vote December 18 On Rejecting U.S. Jerusalem Decision


A protester in Jakarta holds up a sign during a rally to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 17.

News agencies are reporting that the UN Security Council on December 18 will vote on a draft resolution rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

The scheduled vote was reported by Reuters and AFP on December 17, with both agencies citing unidentified diplomats.

The one-page document, which was drafted by the Egyptian delegation, would declare that any decision on the status of Jerusalem would have no legal effect and must be reversed.

It was circulated among the 15 members of the Security Council on December 16 and would need nine votes to pass.

The United States could veto the initiative if it is approved.

Trump announced earlier this month that Washington would recognize Jerusalem -- whose status as capital is also claimed by Palestinians -- as Israel's capital and that the U.S. Embassy would move to the ancient city from Tel Aviv in a few years.

The controversial move sparked strong condemnation from many world leaders and led to protests in several places around the world.

Trump called the decision "nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality" and said that it did not indicate the United States was giving up its position as a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters
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