Turkey Shocked by U.S. Veto on UN Jerusalem Resolution

Vote shows Washington had 'lost objectivity' and it was unacceptable for the Security Council to be left 'ineffective' with such a move, Turkish foreign ministry says

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Karaman, Turkey, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017
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Turkey is shocked by the veto of a UN Security Council resolution calling for the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital to be withdrawn, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday. 

It said the U.S. decision to veto the resolution, which was supported by the 14 other members, showed once again that Washington had "lost objectivity" and it was unacceptable for the Security Council to be left "ineffective" with such a move. 

This was the first time the United States exercised its veto power at the UN Security Council since Trump took office.

The Egyptian-drafted resolution said that any “decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded”.

Trump’s December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the U.S. Embassy to the city has provoked widespread anger and protests among Palestinians as well as broad international criticism, including from top U.S. allies.