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US wields veto power over Jerusalem Security Council meeting

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The UN Security Council held a session to vote on the cancellation of US President Donald H. Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the request of Egypt as a non-permanent member of the Security Council.

"The United States will use its veto on the council's draft resolution on Jerusalem, stressing that America has a clear commitment to a lasting peace based on a two-state solution," said the US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Healy.

In response Palestinian Authority president, Mahmood Abbas, declared that Palestine will not accept the United States as a mediator in the political process anymore.

United Nations Special Coordinator for the peace process, Nikolai Mladenov, called on Israel to stop its settlement activities, which he described as "illegal".

Mladenov said in his speech during the Security Council session that Egypt called for the revocation of the US decision on Jerusalem.

"There are unilateral steps that could threaten the two-state solution. Security incidents have increased after the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."

He pointed out that Israeli forces killed 22 Palestinians during the past months, stressing that peace is based on a two-state solution.