London – Safa
Three UN experts have slammed British Prime Minister Liz Truss’ proposal to move the British embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.
Truss told his Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, who attended the United Nations General Assembly in New York last Wednesday, that he was reviewing the embassy’s current location.
During the Conservative leadership race, then-Foreign Secretary Truss told the Friends of Israel group that he wanted to move the embassy to the holy city.
Such a move would defy decades of British policy, as the United Kingdom has long maintained its embassy in Tel Aviv — even after Israel declared Jerusalem its capital — as part of a long-standing policy that the final status of the city should be determined later. Negotiations.
In 1967, the company occupied East Jerusalem, 19 years after occupying its west in 1948, which was not recognized by the international community.
Current and former UN agencies focused on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories since 1967. Special Rapporteurs, Third UN Along with the expert, they condemned Truss’ proposal to relocate the embassy.
“Acts that change the character, status or population of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be annulled,” the current UN said. Special Rapporteur Francesca Albanese wrote on Twitter.
“Ignoring accountability for Israel’s illegal actions undermines the credibility of the international community,” he stressed.
Separately, Michael Link, who held the Albanese post until May, and RT MCs, who worked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) for 12 years, expressed their concerns in a three-page letter to the British. Secretary of State James Wisely.
“Prime Minister Liz Truss will no doubt ask you to take responsibility for the vision promised to Israel’s conservative friends,” they wrote in the letter.
And they said in the letter: The British Embassy should remain in Tel Aviv until a comprehensive peace agreement is reached between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
“The UK has long supported international law and UN Security Council resolutions that prohibit Israel from claiming sovereignty over any part of the occupied Palestinian territories,” they noted.
“Elsewhere in the world, the UK has maintained the principle that states cannot annex occupied territories, including Russia’s illegal occupation and occupation of Crimea and Ukraine,” they added.
The UK refused to move the US embassy to Jerusalem under Donald Trump in 2017, which the Biden administration maintains.
Last month, 10 former British diplomats signed a letter published in “The Times” newspaper, demanding that the British Embassy remain in “Tel Aviv” until a Palestinian state is reached.
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