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Minister Erjavec concerned over the situation in Gaza

Ljubljana, 15 May 2018 – Today, Minister Erjavec gave a media statement regarding the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians living in Gaza, which has already claimed at least 60 lives and left more than 2,700 Palestinians wounded. He called for the situation to be resolved , and for proportional use of force and responsible actions to prevent further escalation.


In his statement, the Minister called for respect for the protection of civilians, particularly minors and medical personnel, and underlined that Israel’s security concerns cannot be resolved by force, but through dialogue and inclusion. The only way to resolve the situation is to restart the Middle East peace process. Slovenia will therefore continue striving for a peaceful resolution within the scope of the EU.


Minister Erjavec also commented on the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, regarding which Slovenia already expressed concern after its announcement in December 2017. The relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly stipulate that the status of Jerusalem has to be identified through negotiation, as this is the only way to find a just and lasting solution which will enable the co-existence of two countries in peace, with Jerusalem as the capital of both Israel and Palestine. The international understanding of Jerusalem is also specified in UN Security Council resolutions 478 and 2334, which are also clear about the absence of diplomatic missions until the status of the city has been finally regulated. Symbolic acts such as moving an embassy do not lead to peace, but only further complicate the already complex relations.