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Czech FM reaffirms commitment to UN resolutions on Jerusalem

Feb. 28, 2019 4:36 P.M. (Updated: March 3, 2019 10:21 A.M.)
PRAGUE (Ma'an) -- Czech Republic’s Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek affirmed his country’s commitment to the United Nations’ resolutions on Jerusalem, overriding an earlier statement by the President of Czech Republic Milos Zeman, who vowed to move the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In a letter addressed to President of the Arab Parliament, Mishaal bin Fahm al-Salami, Petricek reiterated Czech Republic’s commitment to the United Nations and UN Security Council’s resolutions on Jerusalem.

Petricek affirmed in the letter his country’s respect for the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council’s resolutions, including resolutions on the two-state solution based on direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

He also noted that the Czech Republic was holding high-level talks with the Palestinian and Israeli parties and stressed his country’s longstanding historic and strategic relations with Arab countries.

Petricek’s letter came in response to a letter from al-Salami, calling on the Czech Republic not to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and not to prejudice the historical and legal status of the occupied city of Jerusalem.

It is noteworthy that in mid-November, during a meeting with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, Petricek had already confirmed that his country’s position on “Jerusalem is in line with international law and the European Union’s position.”

The controversy began after Zeman mentioned that he hopes that the opening of the Czech House would be "the first step in the plan to move the Czech embassy to Jerusalem."
Nevertheless, regardless of Zeman’s remark, Czech Republic’s the diplomatic stance will remain as it is, with the Czech Honorary Consulate, as well as the Czech House in Jerusalem and the embassy in Tel Aviv.
The fate of Jerusalem has been a focal point of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades, with numerous tensions arising over Israeli threats regarding the status of non-Jewish religious sites in the city, and the "Judaization" of East Jerusalem through settlement construction and mass demolitions of Palestinian homes.
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