ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday expressed grave concern over opening of the United States (US) embassy in Jerusalem amid violent clashes along the Gaza Strip’s border.
In a statement issued by Islamabad, Pakistan “noted with grave concern that despite calls by the international community to comply with UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the two-state solution, US is moving its embassy to the Holy City of Jerusalem.”
Criticising the move, Islamabad said,“This represents a violation of international law and several United Nations Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions 476 and 478.”
“It may be recalled that both houses of our Parliament have earlier voiced their position on the US decision. The Government and people of Pakistan stand firmly with the Palestinian people.”
“Pakistan also renews its call for establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital,” the statement concluded.
GLOBAL LEADERS DEPLORE US EMBASSY MOVE:
A group of independent global leaders led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Monday strongly criticized the US decision to move its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as a serious blow to peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and urged other countries not to follow suit.
In a statement, they reaffirmed their long-held position that the city of Jerusalem must be shared between Israelis and Palestinians as part of a two-state solution based on the internationally-recognized 1967 border, which respects the human and political rights of all its residents.
Kofi Annan, Chairman of the group, called ‘The Elders’, said, “Repeated UN resolutions make clear that the status of Jerusalem can only be changed by agreement between the parties, and then endorsed by the United Nations.”
“Today’s ceremonial opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem is regrettable and makes it harder to maintain the prospect of a viable two-state solution.”
The Elders urged the governments of those countries reportedly contemplating following the US not to do so. Such moves would damage further dwindling prospects for realization of the two-state solution.
By contrast, they noted that though Russia has relocated its Embassy to West Jerusalem, this does not imply Israeli jurisdiction over the whole city and also envisages establishing an Embassy to a future Palestinian state in East Jerusalem.
Lakhdar Brahimi, one of The Elders and a former Algerian Foreign Minister, and UN diplomat, said, “Unilateral action on the part of the Trump Administration only makes the prospect of a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more distant. Peace will only come when all parties are treated with respect, their rights and grievances acknowledged, and negotiations are undertaken in good faith.”