Dec 5, 2017, 10:12 AM
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OIC blasts attempts to change Al Quds status

Tehran, Dec 5, IRNA – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned any attempt to move diplomatic missions to the occupied city of Al Quds, warning that such moves constitute a 'grave breach' of the international law.

The OIC Committee of Permanent Representatives in a statement on Monday expressed grave concern over the US claims on changing the city's status.

US officials said last week that President Donald Trump was likely to declare the holy city as the capital of the occupying regime of Israel, according to reports from Western media.

The Organization's statement stipulated that 'given that this is considered a naked aggression not only on the Arab and Islamic Ummah, but also on the rights of Muslims and Christians alike, and on the Palestinian people’s national rights, including their right to self-determination, and a grave breach of the international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, along with the Security Council’s relevant resolutions.'

The Committee also reaffirms 'the centrality of the Palestinian cause, in particular the Holy City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, to the entire Muslim Ummah, as the eventual and permanent headquarters of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)' and affirmed 'the Arab and Islamic identity of the occupied East Al-Quds as the capital of the State of Palestine.'

Condemnng 'the illegal measures against the city of Al-Quds aimed at imposing Israeli control over it, which will contribute to changing the historical and legal status of the Holy City, its demographic structure and its Arab-Islamic character', it called on all countries to defy legislative and administrative measures taken by the Zionist regime of Israel that imposes the regime's regulations on Al Quds, as they are considered illegal under the UN resolutions.

The statement reiterated the sovereignty of the Palestinian state in all Palestinian territories that were occupied in 1967.

The Islamic body insisted that 'all states, including the US, not recognize any changes in the borders of 4 July 1967, including in connection with Al-Quds'.

It called upon them 'to distinguish, in their dealings, between Israel and the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including Al-Quds, and not to encourage Israel, the occupying power, in its imperialist design to take control of and Judaize the city of Al-Quds.'

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