NAM backs Hashemite custodianship over holy sites in Jerusalem

Amman, Jordan took part in the 18th mid-term ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held in the Azerbaijan capital Baku on 03-06 April. Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani headed the Jordanian delegation to the meeting, which stressed full support to the Hashemite custodianship over Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem and commended Jordan’s role to defend the holy places.

The final statatement condemned the illegal policies and practices by Israel, the occupying power, against the Palestinian people, including, the construction and expansion of illegal settlements, the demolition of Palestinian homes and properties, the acts of collective punishment against the civilian population, including the imprisonment and detention of thousands of civilians and the illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The ministers reiterated their urgent calls for serious, collective efforts to bring a complete end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory, which have been occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, in accordance with, and in full respect of, international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, and the relevant United Nations resolutions, including Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and its most recent resolution 2334 (2016).” “We express our profound sadness and condemnation of the willful killing and injuring of hundreds of Palestinian civilians participating in the commemoration of the Land Day, in Gaza on 30 March 2018, at the hands of Israeli occupation forces. We demand an immediate end to all such violations and grave breaches of the law and for full compliance by Israel with its legal obligations,” the statement said.

It urged the international community to act swiftly to avert further dangerous deterioration and destabilization of the situation and to fulfill, without delay, the historical, political, legal and moral responsibilities towards the question of Palestine, including in support of the Palestinian people’s realization of their inalienable rights, including to self-determination and freedom in their independent State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on the basis of the pre-1967 borders.

“In this regard, we call for the intensification of international and regional efforts and support aimed at achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions, the Madrid terms of reference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet Roadmap, and a just solution for the Palestine refugees based on General Assembly resolution 194 (III),” it said.

The ministers reaffirmed their support to and unwavering solidarity with the Palestinian people and their leadership “at this critical time in their long struggle to fulfill their legitimate national aspirations.” They condemned any notion and attempt to alter the status of East Jerusalem into the capital of Israel, and called for countries with diplomatic missions in Tel Aviv to refrain from relocating them to Jerusalem.

Source: Jordan News Agency