Erdogan: UN vote shows once again that world is bigger than five
The U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital will be remembered the history of democracy as an unfortunate decision, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, APA reported citing Daily Sabah.
Speaking in Istanbul before the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) provincial chairmen, Erdogan said that the U.S. attitude prior to the U.N. vote on Jerusalem will be remembered in the history of democracy as an unfortunate decision.
Erdogan noted that the countries who abstained and skipped the U.N. General Assembly vote most likely wanted to vote against the U.S. decision on Jerusalem, but they were threatened by the White House. "Until the last moment our evaluation was that there would be 160 to 190 votes for [the resolution] but the White House started making telephone calls, they threatened, openly threatened these countries one by one," he said.
"The UNGA displayed an honorable stance by accepting the resolution with 128 votes for and 9 against in spite of the threats," he added.
"The UNSC could not take any decisions on the Jerusalem issue due to the US veto. That's what we meant by saying "the world is bigger than five." Above all, it is much bigger than "one." It is 196 times bigger."
The UN on Thursday overwhelmingly adopted a resolution on Jerusalem, calling on the United States to withdraw its recognition of the city as Israel's capital.
A total of 128 members voted in favor of the Jerusalem resolution, nine countries voted against and 35 others abstained.
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