UN, China wary of US’ decision on Jerusalem

RSTV Bureau

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China has warned that US President Donald Trump’s plan to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could fuel tension in the region.

“We are concerned about the possible escalation of tensions,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

“All relevant parties should bear regional peace and tranquility in mind, be cautious in words and deeds, avoid impacting the foundation for the settlement of the issue of Palestine, and avoid causing new confrontation in the region.”

China’s statement comes after several senior Trump administration officials said that the US President was going to make an announcement later tonight to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The US is also likely to direct the State Department to initiate the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Not just Chine, the UN envoy for the Middle East peace process also said that Jerusalem’s future status must be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians and warned of the repercussions of any action over the disputed city.

“The (UN) secretary general has spoken many times on this issue… and he has said that we all have to be very careful with the actions we take because of the repercussions of these actions,” Nickolay Mladenov said.

“The future of Jerusalem is something that needs to be negotiated with Israel, with the Palestinians, sitting side by side directly in negotiations,” he added.

(With inputs from agencies)