Kosovo: Turkey urges Pristina not to move its embassy to Jerusalem

Kosovo: Turkey urges Pristina not to move its embassy to Jerusalem

Turkey has called on Kosovo not to open an embassy in Jerusalem, as this would undermine UN resolutions and damage the Palestinian issue.

The Kosovo plan to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a move that undermines Jerusalem’s historical and legal status and could also prevent Kosovo from being recognized by other states in the future, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday 6 September.

“It is disappointing that such a step, which would be a clear violation of international law, would be considered by the Kosovo authorities”, the statement says.

In addition, the communiqué refers to various UN resolutions, stating that the Palestinian issue could only be resolved with an independent, sovereign and geographically viable Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on the border before 1967.

Turkey was one of the first countries to recognize Kosovo in 2008, wholeheartedly supporting Kosovo’s international recognition, the statement added.

“However, we do not consider it right to build this process against international law and especially against the suffering of the Palestinian people, whose territories are under occupation”, the statement added.

Turkey’s reaction came after a meeting between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo last week in the US-sponsored dialogue in Washington, where they reached a historic milestone, agreeing to normalize economic ties.

Serbia and Kosovo have signed separate agreements with the United States, in which Serbia has agreed to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Kosovo and Israel have also agreed to normalize relations and establish diplomatic ties.

On September 5, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci wrote on Twitter: “I welcome the announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his real intention to recognize Kosovo and establish diplomatic relations. Kosovo will keep its promise to move its diplomatic mission to Jerusalem”.

Turkey has also expressed “deep concern” over Serbia’s decision to move its embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on September 5.

“We call on all countries to comply with the UN resolutions adopted on this issue, to respect the historical and legal status of Jerusalem and to avoid measures that will make the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict even more difficult”, says Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a written statement.

“It has been repeatedly emphasized in various United Nations resolutions that the Palestinian issue can only be resolved by the creation of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state based on the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital”, it is stressed./ibna