Slovenia calls on Israel to “refrain from any unilateral action”

Slovenia calls on Israel to “refrain from any unilateral action”

Foreign Minister of Slovenia Anže Logar said during “questions and answers hour” in state Parliament on Monday that Slovenia is calling on Israel to “refrain from any unilateral decisions that would lead to the annexation of any of the occupied Palestinian territories and would, as such, run contrary to international law”.

As Matej Tašner Vatovec of the opposition Left expressed concern over Israel’s annexation plans and the Trump peace plan that would back a unilateral annexation, Logar said “Slovenia continues to support all efforts for a peaceful solution of the dispute and for a revival of a peace process” that should be based on a two-state solution.

“In relation to this, we’ve called several times for a strengthening of the EU’s dialogue with both key actors, Israel and Palestine, as well as with the US and the relevant Arab countries that have influence and power in this part of the world,” Logar said. He moreover highlighted dialogue with Russia and the UN, as part of a Quartet.

“Slovenia remains committed to a two-state solution. We continue to support diplomatic activities and call to avoid unilateral actions and, as representative and proponent of the rule of law, calls for the honouring of international law”, he added.

According to Logar, “a unilateral annexation would mean a violation of international law and a threat to a global order based on rules agreed in advance. Unilateral activities or unilateral annexation would also have a negative impact on security and stability in the region and wider”.

“Thus Slovenia, also in the context of the EU, will continue with calls” against these plans becoming reality, the minister said, stressing he had also taken this position at the meeting of EU foreign ministers on 15 May.

He pointed out that the EU’s High Representative of the for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell had stressed in a special statement that the EU and its member states would not recognise any changes to the 1967 borders unless the changes were agreed between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

“A two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital of both countries is the only way to secure sustainable peace and stability in the region”, Logar said./ibna