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Jordan: U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital violates UN Charter

Amman (OIC-UNA) – Jordanian government on Wednesday said the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy to the holy city is a violation of international legitimacy resolutions and the UN Charter, which clearly stipulate that Jerusalem’s status is decided through negotiations and deem all unilateral actions aimed at imposing new facts on the ground null and void.

State Minister for Media Affairs and Government’s Spokesperson Mohammad al-Momani, said in a statement that Jordan rejects the decision which fuels tension and supports the occupation.

The minister added that the decision, which preempts the outcome of final status negotiations, fuels anger and inflames the passions of Muslims and Christians throughout the Arab and Muslim world, according to Petra news.

Jordan considers Jerusalem a final status issue that must be resolved within the framework of a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on pre-June 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital as the only way to achieve security, stability and peace, and in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.

The statement stressed that any country’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel doesn’t create any legal effect in changing the status of Jerusalem as an occupied land, as approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Security Council and the International Court of Justice in its decision on the issue of the separation wall.

“This recognition is legally invalid as it enshrines the Israeli occupation of the eastern part of the city, which was occupied by Israel in June 1967,” the minister said, pointing out that the UN Security Council Resolution No. 478 doesn’t recognize the Israeli Basic Law on Jerusalem and calls on countries that have established embassies in Jerusalem to close them.

He added that all of Israel’s actions in Jerusalem, which aim at changing its character and legal status, including its declaration as its capital, are null and void, as confirmed by relevant UN Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions No. 465, 476 and 478.

The Kingdom stressed that the United States should play its primary role as a neutral intermediary to resolve the conflict and achieve peace on the basis of the two-state solution, which the world has endorsed as the only way to resolve the dispute and achieve lasting peace.

Al-Momani stressed that the Kingdom would continue to exert every effort and take all steps available and in cooperation with the international community to realize this solution and to meet the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

The minister indicated that the Kingdom, in coordination with the Palestinian National Authority, called for an emergency meeting of the Arab League’s Ministerial Council in Cairo on Saturday to coordinate positions on the U.S. decision and to agree on a mechanism of collective action to reduce its adverse impact effects and contain its consequences.

He indicated that the Kingdom and Turkey haved agreed to hold an OIC summit and foreign ministers’ meeting in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss the issue.

Al-Momani emphasized that Jordan will continue its intensive diplomatic efforts at the regional and international arenas, in close coordination with the Palestinian National Authority, to push for an effective effort to end the occupation, establish an independent Palestinian state on Palestinian national territory, protect Jerusalem and its Muslim and Christian sites and preserve its legal and historical status as a Jordanian priority.

Meanwhile, the Lower House of Parliament on Wednesday issued a statement in which it voiced anger over the intention of US President Trump to move the US embassy in Israel to occupied Jerusalem.

The House said if the decision is taken it would constitute a blow to the inalienable rights of Arabs and Palestinians in the holy city. It also warned of the dangerous repercussions of the decision on the region and maybe the whole world due to the importance of Jerusalem for billions of Muslims and Christians.

The House affirmed support to King Abdullah II, the custodian of the holy sites in Jerusalem, pointing to the warning of the King that such a decision will have dangerous repercussions on the security and stability in the Middle East, and will undermine efforts of the US administration to resume the peace process.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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