United States Explains Abstention
on Jerusalem Resolution


Statement by the United States Mission to the United Nations, July 4, 1967, in response to General Assembly Resolution 2253.

The United States abstained on the six-power resolution dealing with the city of Jerusalem contained in document A/L.527/Rev. 1.

Insofar as the six-power resolution expresses the sense of the General Assembly that no unilateral action should be taken that might prejudice the future of Jerusalem, the United States is in agreement. We were prepared to support a resolution to this effect. Some, if not all, of the sponsors were aware that the United States made a serious effort to get such a change incorporated in the resolution in the hope that we would be able to vote affirmatively. Regrettably, our suggested change was not accepted.

The views of the United States on the situation involving Jerusalem are contained in three recent statements. On June 28, in a statement issued by the White House on behalf of the President, the United States expressed the view that there "must be adequate recognition of the special interest of three great religions in the holy places of Jerusalem." On the same day the Department of State said the following: "The United States has never recognized . . . unilateral actions by any of the states in the area as governing the international status of Jerusalem." I reiterated in the General Assembly yesterday: that the "safeguarding of the holy places and freedom of access to them for all should be internationally guaranteed; and the status of Jerusalem in relation to them should be decided not unilaterally but in consultation with all concerned."

These statements reflect the considered views and serious concern of the United States Government about the situation in Jerusalem.