Feb 24 2018

The U.S. is trampling over international law by Jerusalem move - Turkey

Turkish foreign ministry said the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem in May is "highly worrisome" in a statement on Saturday.

"The declaration of the United States Administration to move its Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May reveals that the U.S. insists on undermining the foundations of peace by disregarding the international law, resolutions of United Nations Security Council on Jerusalem and the established UN parameters," the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hosted the leaders of Muslim nations for an unscheduled Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement last year. The Muslim leaders signed a joint declaration to urge the world to recognise East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

Ankara said the decision showed the U.S. does not hear, "worse still, does not care about the voice of international community’s conscience, as reflected in the Final Communique of OIC Extraordinary Summit in İstanbul and subsequently on the resolution of UN General Assembly."

Calling the U.S. decision "highly worrisome" the statement said that "Turkey will sustain its efforts, together with the vast majority of the international community, to safeguard the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people."