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Arab Parliament calls on three states to reconsider Jerusalem embassies move

August 17, 2018 at 1:28 am

Arab Parliament speaker, Mishaal Al-Salami [Middle East News Agency/Facebook]

Mishaal Al-Salami, the Speaker of the Arab Parliament, sent written letters on Thursday to the presidents of the three parliaments that declared their intention to transfer their embassies in the occupying entity Israel to the occupied city of Jerusalem, namely the Republic of Romania, the Republic of Honduras and the Republic of Togo.

Al-Salami expressed his deep regret for the intention of the governments of these countries to transfer their embassies to the city of Jerusalem. He called on the three nations to reconsider their positions, stand by the right and recognise the State of Palestine on the entire Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital.

He asserted that any decisions and actions aimed at changing the character or demographic composition of the Holy City have no legal effect, are null and void and should be abolished in compliance with the relevant Security Council resolutions.

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He stressed that the United Nations General Assembly resolution of 21 December 2017, called on all states to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem and not to recognise any measures or procedures contrary to those resolutions.

Al-Salami called on the presidents to urge their governments to abide by the United Nations resolutions and the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative and the principles of international law.

He also emphasised the need to comply with the relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly and the Security Council, and the legal opinion of the International Court of Justice of 9 July 2004, on the Apartheid Wall. Each of which affirms the preservation of the legal and historical status of Jerusalem and consider it is an integral part of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.