Im­ple­ment two-state so­lu­tion, says Ani­fah

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KUALA LUMPUR: The two-state so­lu­tion between Pales­tine and Is­rael would be threat­ened if the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC) failed to im­ple­ment Res­o­lu­tion 2334.

In view of this, Malaysia urges UNSC to im­ple­ment the res­o­lu­tion, adopted on Dec 23 last year, which seeks a so­lu­tion for Pales­tine and Is­rael.

For­eign Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ani­fah Aman said fail­ure to im­ple­ment the res­o­lu­tion equated to fail­ure to re­verse neg­a­tive trend in the area and Malaysia firmly be­lieved that the two-state so­lu­tion re­mained the most vi­able so­lu­tion.

“Malaysia would like to reaf­firm our res­o­lute sup­port to seek a just, com­pre­hen­sive and durable so­lu­tion to the re­al­i­sa­tion of the two-state so­lu­tion with an in­de­pen­dent State of Pales­tine, based on the pre-1967 bor­ders and with east Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal.

“Malaysia calls on all par­ties to re­frain from ac­tions that could es­ca­late ten­sions and vi­o­lence in East Jerusalem.

“The de­vel­op­ments in east Jerusalem are ex­tremely wor­ry­ing.

“Plans an­nounced by Is­rael to in­crease the de­vel­op­ment of hous­ing units to a rate of over 30 per cent more than in 2016 in east Jerusalem is a clear vi­o­la­tion of UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2334 (2016),” said Ani­fah, who was speak­ing at the open-ended ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee in Istanbul, Tur­key on Tues­day.

He said Malaysia con­demned in the strong­est terms, the re­cent clo­sure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 14 by Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties.

“Is­rael’s provoca­tive action con­sti­tutes a fla­grant vi­o­la­tion of the sanc­tity of Is­lamic holy sites.

“Such action is also a se­ri­ous

vi­o­la­tion of the rights of Mus­lims to wor­ship in peace, free from vi­o­lence, threats and provo­ca­tions.”

Ani­fah urged Is­rael to halt all ac­tiv­i­ties that could have the ef­fect of al­ter­ing the sta­tus quo and char­ac­ter of the Is­lamic holy sites.

He said the Mus­lim ummah must be able to solve its own prob­lems, be­fore it could con­front a big­ger chal­lenge.

For­eign Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ani­fah Aman with his Saudi coun­ter­part, Adel al-Jubeir, on the side­lines of the ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing of the OIC Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee in Istanbul, Tur­key, yes­ter­day.

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