Jerusalem Status: UN envoy calls for negotiated solution




The UN special coordinator for Middle East peace has called on the status of Jerusalem to be negotiated as part of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

“The future of Jerusalem is something that needs to be negotiated with Israel and with Palestinians,” Nickolay Mladenov said at a news conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

“To ensure that peace and a two-state solution is an outcome of this process,” he added.

President Donald Trump is expected to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday and begin a process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Also, the German Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning for Jerusalem ahead of President Trump’s announcement to recognise the disputed city as Israel’s capital.

“From Dec. 6, onwards, there is a possibility of demonstrations in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” the ministry said.

“Violent altercations cannot be precluded.”

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German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, has called the move “counterproductive.’’

“A solution to the Jerusalem problem can only be found through direct negotiations between the two parties,” said Gabriel.

Similarly, Trump’s plan to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could spark a new religious conflict in the region, Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, said.

King Abdullah of Jordan and President Recep Erdogan will meet in Ankara later Wednesday, with Jerusalem set to be in focus.

“Introducing any changes here would revoke efforts to towards establishing a Palestinian state … while on the other hand, bringing about an inter-religious conflict,” Yildirim was quoted as saying by state-run Anadolu news agency while in South Korea.

He said the U.S. plans would be “unlawful” and set the region towards an impasse.

“It is of crucial importance both for the future of the region and world peace that the U.S. president not make such a statement,” Yildirim said.

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