Eleven Caribbean countries defy US on UN resolution on Jerusalem

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Panels in the General Assembly Hall showing the final count for the resolution on ‘the status of Jerusalem, during the resumed 10th Emergency Special Session on Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

By Caribbean News Now contributor

NEW YORK, USA — On a roster that could be described as the courageous, the circumspect and the craven, eleven Caribbean countries supported a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution that criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, despite US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley’s threatening letter to General Assembly members not to support the resolution and that Trump “will be watching [Thursday’s] vote carefully” and “requested I report back on those who voted against us…”

On Thursday, the UNGA overwhelmingly rejected the Trump administration’s decision to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. By a 128-9 vote, the representatives of the member countries gathered at UN headquarters in New York City ignored US objections and approved a nonbinding resolution calling on countries to avoid moving their embassies to Jerusalem.

Among the countries that voted in favour of the resolution are many traditional US allies, including the United Kingdom and France.

Thirty-five countries abstained, including nine regional countries, with two others – Saint Lucia and St Kitts and Nevis being strategically absent.

Two regional countries joined Israel and the US, along with five other countries, in voting against the measure.

Earlier in the day, before the assembly voted on the largely symbolic declaration, Haley reiterated her resistance in no uncertain terms.

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” Haley said on Thursday.

“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations. And we will remember it 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,” she added.

Trump announced earlier this month his administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and begin the process of moving the US embassy to the disputed city. The move bucked decades of US diplomatic policy and immediately set off a widespread backlash in countries around the world, who believe it would significantly undermine the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, who also claim Jerusalem as the capital of a prospective state.

The Courageous

Barbados
Belize
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Grenada
Guyana
Nicaragua
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Venezuela

The Circumspect

Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Colombia
Dominican Republic
Haiti
Jamaica
Mexico
Panama
Trinidad and Tobago

The Craven

Guatemala
Honduras

The Conveniently Absent

Saint Lucia
St Kitts and Nevis

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