Foreign Policy
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:48
Iran Strongly Condemns Expansion of Israeli Settlements on Palestinian Lands
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry on Sunday strongly deplored Tel Aviv for annexing territories in the West Bank and building Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said in a statement that the Zionist regime’s recent moves to expand settlements and annexation of parts of the West Bank to the occupied lands of the 1948 is in line with US President Donald Trump’s shameful plot called the ‘deal of the century’.

He described the measures as illegal, violation of the international laws and a threat to regional peace and security, calling on the UN and other international bodies to take action against such moves within the framework of their responsibilities.

Mousavi said that the oppressed Palestinian nation is at the same time fighting against coronavirus and occupation, siege and sanctions, stressing the need for the international organizations and the world states to help them.

He underscored that Palestine belongs to the Palestinian people, saying that Israel is a usurper and occupier regime and the only way to end the Palestinian crisis is holding a referendum to be attended by the indigenous population of the territory and forming an independent Palestinian government with Beit al-Muqaddas as its capital.

The United Nations and the European Union warned Israel not to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

The UN's special Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov on Thursday said such a move would be a "devastating blow" to the internationally-backed two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as the EU said annexing Palestinian territory "would constitute a serious violation of international law".

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival Benny Gantz signed a coalition agreement that includes a clause to advance plans to annex parts of the West Bank, including Israeli settlements, starting on July 1.

"The new coalition government in Israel makes the prospect of the annexation of parts of the West Bank much more likely. That means that areas currently seen as occupied under international law, would be brought under Israel's sovereignty.  At least that's how Israel would see it," he said.

In a video briefing with the UN Security Council, Mladenov warned that "the dangerous prospect of annexation by Israel of parts of the occupied West Bank is a growing threat", and said such a move would violate international law.

The envoy said annexation would also "deal a devastating blow to the two-state solution, close the door to a renewal of negotiations, and threaten efforts to advance regional peace."

Separately on Thursday, the EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said the bloc of 27 member countries does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Palestinian territory and that it will "continue to closely monitor the situation and its broader implications, and will act accordingly".

 

 

 

 

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