Jerusalem24 – Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League, condemned the Czech Republic’s opening of its embassy office in occupied Jerusalem, stressing that the procedure contravenes international law and the established European policy on this issue, stressing that this behavior does not help peace and violates Palestinian rights in the occupied city.
An official source at the General Secretariat of the Arab League added that the status of Jerusalem is one of the final status issues that are resolved through negotiation, and that its fate cannot be decided in advance through unilateral measures.
The source quoted Aboul Gheit as asserting that the legal status of Jerusalem is not affected by the decision of this or that country to open representative missions for it.
In the same respect, The President of the Arab Parliament, Adel Al-Asoumi condemned the opening of an office for the Czech Republic embassy in occupied Jerusalem, and considered the move a blatant assault on the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, and a flagrant violation of international law and international legitimacy decisions, which all emphasized not prejudice to the historical and legal status of the city of Jerusalem, as it is a city under occupation.
The President of the Arab Parliament said, in a press statement today, Sunday, that this step represents a departure from the foundations of European policy towards the Palestinian issue, and explicitly contradicts UN Security Council Resolution No. 478 of 1980 regarding the rejection of the Israeli government’s decision to annex Jerusalem and the ban on establishing diplomatic missions in it, as well as the decision of the Security Council No. 2334 of 2016 regarding the Security Council’s failure to recognize any changes that the occupying power (Israel) makes to Jerusalem other than through negotiations.
Moreover, he called on the government and parliament of the Czech Republic to withdraw from this step, stressing that it has no legal effect and will not change anything in the legal and historical status of the occupied city of Jerusalem, as it is one of the final solution issues whose fate will be determined through negotiations between the parties concerned, and not by unilateral decisions that violate the decisions of international legitimacy and international consensus.