Foreign Affairs Ministry defends decision to abstain in 'Jerusalem' vote

Friday, December 22, 2017 - 09:00

The Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs is defending its position to abstain from voting on the United Nations General Assembly resolution to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “null and void”.

According to the statement, the policy of Trinidad and Tobago has always been to support the two-states’ policy which means steadfast recognition of the state of Israel with secure territorial borders as well as the establishment of a Palestinian state.

It is in this context that any and all negotiations relating to the future of Jerusalem arise.

The ministry says it will like to see the United States play a major role in bringing this about by preserving its position as an influential broker in all negotiations which would have peace and security as its primary objective.

On Wednesday, US president Donald Trump threatened to cut off American aid to any country, including those in the Caribbean, that voted for the resolution.

128 countries voted in for, 35 abstained and 9 voted against the resolution.