Namibia condemns US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel capital

07 Dec 2017 18:50pm
WINDHOEK , 07 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia has condemned the decision by United States of America (US) president, Donald Trump, to recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.
On Wednesday, Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced plans to relocate the US Embassy.
A statement issued on Thursday by the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRC) said the Trump Administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel is a flagrant violation of international law, specifically the General Assembly Resolution 181 of 1947 and Security Council 242 of 1967.
“Both these and subsequent resolutions affirmed that Jerusalem would be the capital city of the future Palestinian State and the State of Israel,” it said.
The statement explained that the resolutions are based on the principle that Jerusalem is a capital of both states and that Israel should cease its occupation of the Palestinian territories and return Palestinian refugees.
“The recognition by the US Administration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel undermines the prospects of a viable two states solution and can ignite renewed conflict that has ravaged the Palestinian and Israeli people since 1948 when the State of Israel was created,” the MIRC statement said.
It further said that the decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements on the Palestinian occupied territories, puts in serious jeopardy the two resolutions.
The statement reiterates Namibia’s longstanding position that Jerusalem remains the internationally recognised capital of Palestinian States and the States of Israel and maintains support for the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and independence with East Jerusalem as their capital.
“We call on the international community to continue to supporting the Palestinian people through the implementation of relevant UN resolutions and all other agreements,” said the statement.