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Statement on US decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Ljubljana, 6 December 2017 – The Ministry is seriously concerned over the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This move is in stark contrast with past international agreements and might lead to additional tensions on the ground and undermine the efforts of the international community to seek a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


The Ministry reiterates that peace and stability can be achieved only by respecting international law, including the numerous resolutions of the UN General Assembly and Security Council, in particular Resolution 478 (1980), calling to refrain from any legal and administrative measures that change or may change the status of Jerusalem.


A two-state solution, agreed upon through negotiations and in accordance with the basic principles of international law, with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, is the only possible way to achieve peace and stability, not only in Israel and Palestine, but also in the wider region.


As we expect the Israeli and the Palestinian Governments to take proactive and positive steps for negotiations to resume, we also expect other players in the international community to adopt a responsible and unified approach in order to constructively support the peace process and the two-state solution.