Eight nations seek Security Council meeting on Jerusalem

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Members of the UN Security Council.

NEW YORK - Eight countries called Wednesday for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council after the United States said it recognized Jerusalem as Israel&39;s capital.

Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay want a meeting by the end of the week, the Swedish mission to the 15-member body said.

Japan, which currently holds the council&39;s rotating presidency, had not set a time for the meeting by Wednesday afternoon.

Jerusalem&39;s status can only be resolved through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said following Trump&39;s announcement.

Guterres added that he had "consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures."

"There is no alternative to the two-state solution."

Bolivian Ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz called Trump&39;s move "a reckless and a dangerous decision which goes against international law, the resolutions of the Security Council."

"It&39;s a threat not just to the peace process, but also it&39;s a threat to international peace and security," said the envoy.