UN Security Council to meet on east Jerusalem building plans

October 28, 2014 20:37

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting this week on recent tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in east Jerusalem due to Israel's plans to build more housing units beyond the Green Line, council diplomats said on Tuesday.

The meeting, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, is being convened in response to a request made by Jordan to Argentina's UN Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval, president of the 15-nation Security Council this month.

Jordan, the sole Arab nation on the council, cited Palestinian complaints about "the dangerously escalating tensions in Occupied East Jerusalem" in seeking a meeting. The emailed request was seen by Reuters.

Diplomats said it was unclear if the council would issue a joint statement, though they said it was doubtful anything significant could be agreed as the United States is wary of supporting declarations it deems critical of its ally Israel.

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