United Nations envoy warns of spiraling violence as talks on Jerusalem

United Nations envoy warns of spiraling violence as talks on Jerusalem

"We urge the Council to act swiftly to uphold integrity over its resolution in light of the violation against Jerusalem's historic status", Mansour said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that he was "against any unilateral measures that would jeopardise the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians".

The UNSC session was called following US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to prepare to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city. Israel has had held West Jerusalem since 1949 and captured East Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967.

The French delegate called for restraint and to refrain from fueling tension in the Middle East, saying that Jerusalem should be the capital of two states through negotiations.

Trump's action has drawn expressions of concern and disapproval from USA allies, who are anxious about its impact on the region's stability and prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

"The global community does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", the Egyptian delegate said: "All the resolutions of the Security Council rejected the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem". Trump's decision will have "very negative impacts" on the peace process, which considered Jerusalem one of the final status issues decided through negotiations.

Europe has a unified position regarding Jerusalem as the future capital of the two countries, he said. "This is what makes Jerusalem so universally important to everyone, and this is what makes any decision on Jerusalem so emotional", Mladenov said.

"The future of Jerusalem is something that needs to be negotiated with Israel, with the Palestinians, sitting side by side directly in negotiations". "We believe the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states and with Jerusalem as the capital of both".

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