Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström on the vote in the UN General Assembly on the resolution concerning Jerusalem

The UN General Assembly voted on Thursday 21 December on a resolution concerning Jerusalem. The vote was important as it was intended to reaffirm Jerusalem’s special status. Sweden voted in favour, and we are pleased that a clear majority of the UN’s 193 Member States did the same.

Sweden's vote for the resolution is a vote for international law and for peace. As long ago as 1947, Jerusalem was given a special legal and political status by the UN. The issue of the city's status can only be resolved through negotiations between Israel and Palestine, based on international law. The EU has clearly reaffirmed its view of Jerusalem as a final status issue and as a future capital of two states. In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever that Sweden continues to stand up for the international rules-based system, which it does in all contexts.

I hope that the widespread attention the issue has recently generated can help put the need for a two-state solution back in the spotlight. Our goal – with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, and with Jerusalem as the capital of both states – remains firm. Active engagement from the countries in the region and the world at large is necessary to make progress on this issue. The UN has a key role to play in this work.