Thanks to Jordanian efforts, UNESCO unanimously adopts resolution on Old Jerusalem, its walls

[08-12-2020 10:02 AM]

Ammon News - The Foreign Affairs Committee of the UNESCO's Executive Council unanimously adopted a resolution regarding the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Daifallah Fayez said adopting this important resolution, which was made during the council's session No. (210) on Monday, came as a result of Jordanian diplomatic efforts in coordination with the State of Palestine and Arab and Islamic groups in the UN organization.

Fayez noted that the resolution and its annexes confirm all elements of the Jordanian position regarding the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls, including the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and that the resolution and its annexes reaffirmed the rejection of the Israeli violations and unilateral measures in these historical places.

The resolution also calls on Israel to stop its illegal unilateral violations and actions against the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque / Al-Haram Al-Sharif, and in the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls, Fayez added.

The resolution and its annexes also reject all Israeli measures aimed at changing the character and identity of the Holy City, and also reaffirms the 18 UNESCO resolutions relating to Jerusalem, all of which expressed regret over the failure of Israel, as the occupying power, to stop excavations, tunnels and all illegal and condemned works in East Jerusalem in accordance with rules of the international law, the spokesperson indicated.

The UNESCO Director-General's reports that she submitted for this session referred to letters that the Kingdom and the State of Palestine had sent to the organization regarding violations in the Old City.

The resolution also calls for expediting the appointment of a permanent representative of the General Directorate in the Old City of Jerusalem to monitor all procedures within the organization's mandate, and also calls for sending an interactive monitoring mission from (UNESCO) to Jerusalem to monitor all violations committed by Israel, the occupying power under international law.

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