Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs (Petra)
Amman (UNA-OIC) – Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi said efforts of the international community and the United Nations to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the region are jeopardized by Israel’s decision to annex Palestinian lands in “clear” violation of international legitimacy and law.
Delivering the Kingdom’s statement submitted to the UN Security Council at its monthly meeting on the Palestinian issue held on Wednesday, at the ministerial level, Safadi said the annexation decision will “kill” the two-state solution and undermine all peace chances, adding: “Whoever believes in international law, and whoever wants peace must announce refusal to annexation and to act to prevent this Israeli step.”
Discussing efforts to counter Israel’s step, Safadi called on the Security Council member states and the international community to launch “effective and urgent” action to prevent the implementation of the annexation decision to protect peace, and to revive the prospects for achieving a just peace, accepted by the peoples and adopted by all Arab countries, as a “strategic” choice.
Moreover, the foreign minister urged the resumption of direct negotiations to achieve peace on the basis of a two-state solution, as per international legitimacy resolutions.
“Since the beginning of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Security Council has worked to pass several resolutions that affirmed the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, and today all these joint efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive peace on the basis of a two-state solution are at risk,” he said.
Safadi continued to say: “Preventing the annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories and the resumption of direct negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis is an urgent priority for achieving peace on the basis of a two-state solution.”
Achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace that meets all the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people is a Jordanian, Palestinian and Arab strategic choice and that any other scenario constitutes a threat to peace, security and stability in the region and the world, the minister noted.
On Jordan’s peace position, Safadi affirmed the Kingdom’s unaltered stance on adhering to the rights of the Palestinians to freedom and establishing an independent state with its capital occupied Jerusalem on the June 4, 1967 lines, on the basis of a two-state solution based on international legitimacy as the only way to achieve a just and comprehensive peace.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, as well as the foreign ministers of a number of member states, participated in the session, which was held via teleconferencing.