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Guyana joins global defiance of US’ recognition of Jerusalem despite threat of aid cut

Guyana was Thursday among seven member-nations of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) that defied the United States’ (US) recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), despite  threats by American President, Donald Trump to cut aid to opponents.

Guyana voted along with Belize, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname to support the resolution by an overall vote of 128 (yes), nine (no) and 25 (abstentions).

The resolution, which was drafted by Yemen and Turkey, demanded of the US to rescind its December 6 declaration on Jerusalem, the contested holy city, as Israel’s capital.

However, Antigua and  Barbuda, The Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago abstained. No vote was cast by St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Lucia.

The United Kingdom, with which Guyana and all English-speaking Caribbean nations have historical ties, also voted in favour of the resolution.

Canada abstained. Venezuela voted ‘yes’.

Other nations with which Guyana enjoys very good diplomatic relations that voted to support the resolution were Brazil, China and India.

The non-binding vote came against the background of Trump indicating very strongly that aid to countries that voted against his stance on Jerusalem could see a reduction in aid flows.  “All of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council or they vote against us, potentially, at the Assembly, they take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday. “Well, we’re watching those votes,” he said. “Let them vote against us; we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.” he was quoted by the New York Times as saying.

Moments before the vote, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley echoed Trump’s position, suggesting that nations  that vote against the US would not receive American funding and support. “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. 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 said.

The Trump administration’s position is in contrast to many UN Security Council resolutions that have stated Jerusalem’s status remains unresolved, that Israel’s claims of sovereignty must be settled in talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

President Trump announced earlier this  month that the US recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, marking an end to an estimated 70-year old American foreign policy position and the commencement of plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

  • Col123

    Guyana should have abstained…and remain neutral in this matter….trump is a lunatic who holds no ace card…except naked pictures of melania , which I should add , motivated and excited conservative Christians to vote for him!…

  • Lancelot Brassington

    Trump is mentally unbalanced. He has stirred up controversy with no visible practical benefit. Which other major western country has its embassy in Jerusalem? I don’t think the Israelis themselves were looking for this or see any benefit from it other than an ego boost. Controversy for the sake of controversy. Trump’s behaviour is very irrational. Guyana did the right thin.

  • sheikspeer

    so this is the new world order in full donald, is it?

  • Kassem_B

    Why did you comment about naked pictures of melania?

    • Col123

      Hey.. I have conservative Christian friends who enjoy those pictures…and they pray for me and bless me all the time!…but those pictures are a reality … and provoke conversation and your questioning…. not guilty yet!

  • Col123

    Any one who knows anything about the Bible will tell that when a certain group builds a temple in Jerusalem, it will initiate the so called rapture… whatever that is… and whoever that group is… not sure if I am in that group that god chose as his people… jeeze !..Guyana doesn’t even own me as a son!

  • Col123

    Well…please don’t agree with me….I am a sinner who gets spiritual daily…and still can’t get a hole in one at golfing…..Good luck with your beliefs….and may the elements be kind and gracious to you….there’s still hope for me!

    • rs dasai

      You have done it again. Bravo.

  • hasmukh savlani

    Well done .

  • Granger ,at best, should have abstained…….Trump is correct on this one…….horrifically ,spiritually and morally.
    PALESTINE WaS never a country.

    • Emile_Mervin

      Biblically speaking, all this new noise and push to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel is about human effort designed to satisfy the Jews, whereas the making of Jerusalem the capital of Israel is a Divine execution. God needs no human help to do what He has set forth to do before the foundation of the world. One day, Jews, Palestinians and all others who subscribe to Christ will enjoy Jerusalem. Ergo, Jerusalem will be more than just the capital for Jews or Israel. It will be the world capital, biblically speaking.

      As for Trump, his only role at this time is to expedite the fall of America, the rise of the anti-Christ and the hastened return of Christ. This latter point is my opinion.

      • rs dasai

        This is purely a political move. Nothing else and President Trump has the ‘chutzpah’ to make it so.

  • Xhrp2wkb1

    It’s not a “wise and principled decision” you poor deluded man. It is simply a decision of realpolitik. Both the PPP and the PNC always vote for the Palestinians and against Zionism and Israel. Why? Because there is no Jewish vote in Guyana. But there are a lot of muslim votes here. Woe to the party that alienate the muslim vote by siding with Israel. And the PPP and the PNC both know that. So wise up a little.

    • Col123

      Your point is not clear … please explain….this vote should garner the Muslim votes for Granger…

      • rs dasai

        A most interesting post.

  • Col123

    All religious doctrines are dogmas of demons and devils…so what the hell are you pontificating…at least voodoo practice leaves you with some chicken meat and white rum!… the others leave you with those priests putting their hands in your pockets.

    • rs dasai

      Go forward. You are on a roll. I never said those things that Stanley utters.

      • Col123

        Hi RS…wishing you and yours a Merry Holiday Season with the best of Health, Happiness for 2018. Great year 2017 reflect upon…it was mostly creative fun …engaging social media…etc…life is good…

  • rs dasai

    Mel Mel.
    You just cannot ‘make it’ being ‘Hindu’ ?.Why not?

    • Col123

      Too many Hindu priests!..

  • rs dasai

    He jests.

  • Col123

    Thanks Stanley…At least you know something about me…Have a Great 2018.

  • Col123

    B…what ever the philosophy there… the only sound from donkeys would be braying…

  • Col123

    B…it’s OK..beliefs and practice of faith are two different actions…besides, it takes a carnal mind to explore the pleasures and burdens of life…the philosophy behind creation is simple…only god is responsible…
    I do read the Bible…two versions of it, and other “religious”books…the practice of culture , customs, rituals..etc are evidence of the fallacies in all…men wrote it under the influence of ???…the bottom line is the purpose and use of these writings. I vividly recall what was read from the Bible to bless slaves, who were pushed into the hull of slave ship….get that out any mind and you have me as a holy person. Besides, all Christians are converts to Christianity…NOW…you really don’t want me to get into the beliefs of converts…just one point for now…converts will die to protect their beliefs because the have given their historic beliefs, culture, customs rituals etc, and adopted a new one in mind ,body and soul…willing now to die for it…

  • Col123

    B…Actually, I totally agree with your comments ..and I share your perspectives. I appreciate your insight…I don’t have an argument with your thoughts…as a matter of fact, it’s right there up my with my beliefs…except that I am closer to the physical elements connected to life…don’t blame me, I have a love and belief in science….I understand life and death…