Arab League Ministers Demand US to Rescind Jerusalem Decision, As Violation of International Law

تم نشره في Sun 10 December / Dec 2017. 01:00 AM
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CAIRO — The Arab League Ministerial Council early Sunday rejected the United States recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel and the relocation of the US embassy in the holy city.

The ministers met at the league's headquarters in Cairo, upon the request of Jordan, to formulate a response to the US decision, which has been roundly criticized in the Arab world and internationally.

During their emergency meeting, attended by all members, Arab foreign ministers said the US decision is a grave violation of the international law, the United Nations Security Council, the General Assembly resolutions as well as the International Court of Justice advisory opinion on the Separation Wall.

The move by US President Donald Trump is "denounced and condemned," Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit told the ministers at the beginning of the meeting.

In a statement issued early Sunday following their session, Arab ministers stated the decision has no legal effect, deepens tension, ignites anger and threatens to plunge region into more violence, chaos, bloodshed and instability. It went on to say that Trump’s decision also strips the U.S. of its role as a "sponsor and broker" in the Mideast peace process.

In response to Trump’s announcement, the statement called on world nations to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state with Jerusalem as its capital, emphasizing that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and that peace and security would only be achieved after establishing a sovereign and independent Palestinian state based on June 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital as per UN resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative and other relevant UN resolutions.

The ministers agreed on "demanding that the United States rescind its decision on Jerusalem, calling on the international community to recognize the state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital." They also said they would head to the United Nations Security Council for a resolution condemning the US decision as a violation of international law.