Tuesday 14 August 2018

Ireland delivers UN rebuke to Trump over Jerusalem

Decision to recognise city as Israel’s capital condemned

Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, prepares to speak on the floor of the General Assembly. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, prepares to speak on the floor of the General Assembly. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Shona Murray

Ireland reiterated its long-held position on the status of the city of Jerusalem at last night's vote at the UN General Assembly.

In a stinging rebuke to US President Donald Trump, the UN voted 128 to 9, calling Mr Trump's intervention in recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel "null and void".

Ireland's Ambassador to the UN, Geraldine Byrne Nason, voted in line with the international consensus, which holds that the status of Jerusalem will be decided as part of a final peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

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