ADDIS ABABA, The African Union (AU) has expressed its commitment to resolve the ongoing Palestine-Israel conflict based on international law.
Addressing the International Day of Solidarity with Palestine People here Friday, AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki said through his representative that the AU followed closely the developments in Palestine and the Middle East Region.
It had consistently expressed concern about the consequences of unilateral policies and actions and provocations, among others, he pointed out.
The Chairperson stressed that the African Union continues to call on the international community to assume its responsibility vis-A�-vis the question of Palestine and the implementation of UN resolution adopted from 1948 to date to compel Israel comply with the international law.
The AU reiterated its pledge to support all efforts aimed at achieving a final solution for the Palestine-Israel conflict based on international legitimacy and rejects any incomplete and fragmented solutions, Faki further noted.
The representative of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed readiness to work with all stakeholders for a two-State solution. I reiterate my readiness to work with all stakeholders, including the Middle East quartet and countries in the region, to support a serious political process, drawing on all relevant UN resolutions, international law and agreements.
Now is the time to end the conflict by establishing an independent Palestine state, living side by side in peace and security with the state of Israel, the Secretary-General emphasized.
Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Middle East Affairs Director-General Suleiman Dedefo said it is a critical time for the Middle East peace process. Ethiopia is deeply concerned about the latest developments with respect to Jerusalem and we believe that such unilateral measures are not helpful for the ongoing peace process.
The status of Jerusalem is an issue that has to be determined through negotiations between the two parties, Ambassador Suleiman stressed, while reiterating that Ethiopia has always been taking a strong position in resolving conflicts through negotiations and in peaceful manner, and the Palestinian problem should not be different in this regard.
The Palestine Ambassador to Ethiopia, Nasri Abujash, called the United States government to re-consider its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. According to Abujash, President Trump's decision effectively disqualifies the US from its role as a mediator in the conflict and puts it in the position of bias and hostility against Palestinian rights and international law.
He argued that "this reckless decision sends a dangerous message that will resonate worldwide. It undermines the standing of the international system, including the United Nations."
Abujash noted that it also tells countries that they can dictate realities by force and violate international law. This will unleash a new era of violence and disregard the international law worldwide.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK