New Straits Times
Implement two-state solution, says Anifah
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.