US threatens funding cuts over UN vote
UNITED NATIONS (AP):
US Ambassador Nikki Haley is threatening the 193 United Nations (UN) member states and the United Nations with funding cuts if the UN General Assembly approves a resolution calling President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void".
Haley tells an emergency meeting of the assembly that "no vote in the United Nations will make any difference" on the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, which will go ahead because "it is the right thing to do."
She says "the United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very right of exercising our right as a sovereign nation."
"We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world's largest contribution to the United Nations," she says. "And we will remember when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit."
Haley says that yesterday's vote "will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN, and this vote will be remembered."
Yemen's UN ambassador is introducing the UN resolution calling the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void" and urging all "peace-loving countries" to vote in favour of it.
Ambassador Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany calls President Donald Trump's action "a blatant violation of the rights of the Palestinian people and the Arab nations, and all Muslims and Christians of the world."
Alyemany, speaking as chair of the Arab Group at the UN, is the first speaker at an emergency meeting of the UN General Assembly.
He says that the US decision "is considered a dangerous violation and breach of international law."
Alyemany says that it threatens peace in the world, undermines any chance for peace in the Mideast; "and only serves to fan the fires of violence and extremism."