US Decision on Jerusalem Destabilizes the Region: Kazakh Ambassador

Demonstrators hold a banner that reads 'We Stand With Palestine' during a protest in front of the United States Embassy in Central Jakarta on Friday (08/12). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : Sheany | on 10:33 PM December 12, 2017
Category : News, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. Kazakhstan's ambassador to Indonesia, Askhat Orazbay, said that US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel obstructs the ongoing peace-building process and further destabilizes the the region.

"It cannot help the peaceful process ... it creates a problem for the final peace solution in the region and [for] the Palestinian issue," Orazbay told reporters during a press briefing in Jakarta on Tuesday (12/12).

In his move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Trump also announced plans to move the American embassy there.

In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which urges the federal government to relocate the embassy to the holy city, and recognize it as Israel's capital.

Kazakhstan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement on the status of Jerusalem, saying that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict must be resolved "in accordance with the 'two states for two peoples' formula."

It also said that the conflict resolution process must "foresee the establishment of the Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, coexisting in peace and security with Israel."

As a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Kazakhstan said it "will continue to render its full support to the process of restoring stability in the region."

"As the Muslim ummah [community], we express our solidarity with Palestinians," Orazbay said.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, with its 57 member countries, including Kazakhstan and Indonesia, is holding an extraordinary summit on Jerusalem in Istanbul on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The organization has called for unity among Arab and Muslim countries to counter Trump's decision.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Monday that the OIC summit must not only "send a strong message" against the US decision, but should also produce "concrete efforts" to further the cause of Palestinian independence.

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