Qr-18, 25 March 2019, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hami Aksoy, In Response To A Question Regarding The Statements Delivered At The Annual Conference Of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (aipac) By The Leaders Of Certain States On Moving Their Embassies To Jerusalem

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 25.03.2019

We are concerned by the irresponsible statements made by the leaders of certain states at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), held yesterday (24 March) in Washington, about moving their Embassies in Israel to Jerusalem.

As we have stated time and again, the relocation by any country of its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would constitute a clear violation of international law.

The annexation of Jerusalem by Israel has been rejected by the international community and the United Nations (UN). It was repeatedly underlined by various UN resolutions that the question of Palestine could only be solved by the establishment of an independent, sovereign and contiguous State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

We call upon all countries to comply with the UN Resolutions on this matter, to respect the historical and legal status of Jerusalem and to refrain from acts that would further destabilize our region.

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