Trump flouting international law - Ndaitwah

07 December 2017 | International

In a statement issued by the interational relations minister Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah, Namibia has affirmed it recognises Jerusalem as both the capital of the state of Israel and Palestine.
The minister wrote "Namibia notes with grave concern major change in US policy recognising Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel. Namibia wishes to unequivocally reaffirm its unflinching support for the UN General Assembly and Security Council Resolutions, 181 (1947) and 242 (1967), respectively. Both these and subsequent resolutions affirmed that Jerusalem would be the capital of the future Palestinian state and the state of Israel."
According to the minister, the recognition by the Trump administration of Jerusalem as capital of Israel is a "flagrant violation of international law".
The statement continues by saying the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel undermines the prospects of a viable two-State solution and can ignite renewed conflict that has ravaged the Palestinian and Israeli peoples since 1948 when the State of Israel was created.
"Namibia reiterates its longstanding position that Jerusalem remains the internationally recognised capital of the two states, and, that freedom of access to the holy sites should be protected and assured," Ndaitwah wrote.

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