World Asia, else­where crit­i­cise US de­ci­sion on Jerusalem

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World - 16

COUN­TRIES in Asia and else­where on Thurs­day crit­i­cised US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s move to recog­nise Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal, with some coun­tries like Malaysia urg­ing Wash­ing­ton to re­verse course.

In a sharply worded state­ment, Malaysia said the United States “must re­con­sider” its de­ci­sion, say­ing the move would end “all ef­forts” made to­ward re­solv­ing the Pales­tinian ques­tion, “have grave reper­cus­sions” for the sta­bil­ity of the Mid­dle East and “in­flame sen­ti­ments, mak­ing ef­forts to com­bat ter­ror­ism all the more dif­fi­cult.”

In­done­sia, the world’s most pop­u­lous Mus­lim coun­try, joined a cho­rus of crit­i­cism from other Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity na­tions, with For­eign Min­is­ter Retno Mar­sudi say­ing In­done­sians “con­demn” the de­ci­sion.

“Democ­racy means re­spect­ing the in­ter­na­tional law, (and) the recog­ni­tion does not re­spect var­i­ous UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions,” Retno said at a democ­racy fo­rum in the sub­urbs of Jakarta, while wear­ing a Pales­tinian scarf.

Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo separately called on the United Na­tions and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Coun­tries to im­me­di­ately con­vene ses­sions to ad­dress the US move.

Pak­istan, too, con­demned the US de­ci­sion, urg­ing Wash­ing­ton to “re­visit” it as soon as pos­si­ble to avoid “po­ten­tially grave reper­cus­sions in the re­gion and be­yond.”

Is­lam­abad wel­comes a Turk­ish call for a sum­mit of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion in Is­tan­bul on De­cem­ber 13 to dis­cuss the is­sue, the For­eign Min­istry said in a state­ment.

Sin­ga­pore said in a state­ment that the city state “reaf­firms its long­stand­ing and con­sis­tent sup­port for a twostate so­lu­tion” to the Is­raeli-pales­tinian con­flict, cau­tion­ing that “any pre­ma­ture and uni­lat­eral ac­tion to al­ter the sta­tus of Jerusalem will im­pede progress” to­ward a peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of the prob­lem.

Trump’s an­nounce­ment on Wed­nes­day broke long-stand­ing US pol­icy on the Mid­dle East, and ob­servers fear the de­ci­sion could in­flame re­gional ten­sions and jeop­ar­dise ef­forts to pro­mote peace talks be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans.

The pres­i­dent also di­rected the State Depart­ment to start the process of re­lo­cat­ing the US Em­bassy in Is­rael from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in line with a cam­paign prom­ise.

Aus­tralia ex­pressed con­cern about in­creased ten­sions due to the US de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate its em­bassy, with For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop telling lo­cal me­dia that she is “con­cerned by any uni­lat­eral ac­tion by ei­ther side which could add to ten­sions,” ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

Bishop said Aus­tralia has no in­ten­tion of mov­ing its em­bassy in Tel Aviv.

Mean­while, Ja­pan, one of the ma­jor US al­lies in Asia, avoided tak­ing a clear stance over Trump’s de­ci­sion, with the gov­ern­ment’s top spokesman say­ing Tokyo is “mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion with great in­ter­est.”

The is­sue of the sta­tus of Jerusalem “should be set­tled through UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions, which have been adopted so far, and ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the par­ties con­cerned,” Chief Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga told a press con­fer­ence. – Kyodo

Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump signs his procla­ma­tion about his con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion to for­mally recog­nise Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of Is­rael. Photo: EPA

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