Jerusalem ten­sions spark UN con­cern

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

ins and street pray­ings that some­times turned into deadly clashes.

At the UN ses­sion, Mlade­nov also wel­comed the Is­raeli de­ci­sion on Mon­day to re­move metal de­tec­tors and some of the sur­veil­lance cam­eras, while ex­press­ing the hope that the Is­raeli move will ease the tension there, lead­ing to an end to the Pales­tinian boy­cotting of the holy site.

Pales­tinian de­mand

On Tues­day, Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas de­manded Al-Aqsa Mosque’s re­turn to the sta­tus quo be­fore July 14 be­fore re­sum­ing con­tact with the Is­raeli side.

Riyad Mansour, the per­ma­nent ob­server of the State of Pales­tine to the UN, echoed Mlade­nov’s con­cerns dur­ing the UN ses­sion, crit­i­ciz­ing Is­raeli mea­sures as “reck­less and de­struc­tive” and de­scrib- ing the sit­u­a­tion in East Jerusalem as “frag­ile”.

“The frag­ile sit­u­a­tion in Oc­cu­pied East Jerusalem has been in­flamed yet again as Is­rael, the oc­cu­py­ing power, presses forth with its reck­less and de­struc­tive agenda against our peo­ple and holy sites, es­pe­cially Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which houses holy A1-Aqsa Mosque, in ab­so­lute con­tempt for in­ter­na­tional law and the will of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity”, Mansour said.

Men­tion­ing the risk of “the stok­ing of a re­li­gious con­flict”, he warned against “the dan­gers of such provo­ca­tions and incite­ment and the fuel­ing of yet an­other cy­cle of vi­o­lence, which will surely have far­reach­ing con­se­quences in this al­ready-volatile cli­mate”.

Am­bas­sador Liu Jieyi of China, who holds the ro­tat­ing Se­cu­rity Coun­cil pres­i­dency this month, called for ef­forts by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to keep the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol.

“The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should pro­ceed from the need of main­tain­ing peace in the Mid­dle East and the world, have a long-term vi­sion, pro­mote the po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment of the ques­tion of Pales­tine by ad­dress­ing both the symp­toms and the root causes, main­tain the le­git­i­mate rights and in­ter­ests of the Pales­tinian peo­ple, keep the sit­u­a­tion be­tween Pales­tine and Is­rael from go­ing out of con­trol and pre­vent the Mid­dle East from slid­ing into a bit­ter cri­sis,” said Liu.

He reaf­firmed China’s sup­port for the just cause of the Pales­tinian peo­ple and for peace be­tween Pales­tine and Is­rael.

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