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Colombia Rejects Transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem

  • Protests in Colombia demonstrate outrage over the U.S.' decision to relocate its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.

    Protests in Colombia demonstrate outrage over the U.S.' decision to relocate its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. | Photo: EFE

Published 9 December 2017

Trump's decision to move the U.S.’ embassy in Israel to Jerusalem has generated a wave of violence that left more than 300 injured.

The Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the decision of the United States to move the diplomatic headquarters to Jerusalem affects “the possibilities of peace and stability in the region and ends 70 years of international consensus on the status of Jerusalem.”

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The agency expressed the importance of maintaining open dialogue and negotiation paths for a lasting solution to the conflict between Palestine and Israel.

Colombia joins a host of Latin American governments that have denounced this decision by the U.S., including the governments of Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Ecuador.

The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the “unilateral declaration” on Wednesday.

"This intention of the U.S. government to modify the historic status of Jerusalem violates the legitimate interests of the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nations, will have serious consequences for stability and security in the Middle East, will further increase tensions in this region and will impede any effort aimed at resuming peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians,” the ministry said in a statement..

"Cuba calls on the Security Council to fulfill the responsibility given to it by the UN Charter in the maintenance of international peace and security, to adopt the necessary decisions and to demand from Israel an immediate end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories and of aggressive policies and colonizing practices, as well as compliance with the resolutions adopted by that body on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question."

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Also in the same day, the Venezuelan government released an official statement on behalf of President Nicolas Maduro saying that the country “rejects any arbitrary, unilateral and without consultation actions that seek to strengthen the illegal presence of the State of Israel over the Occupied Palestinian Territory and its de facto annexation of the City of Jerusalem, facts that undermine the sovereignty of the State and the Palestinian people, undermine the peace and stability of the region, and tragically influence international efforts in search of a dialogued, peaceful, just and lasting solution.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales also added on Twitter: "We send our message of solidarity with the Palestinian people and affirm our support for the two-State solution, with the pre-1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian State."

On Thursday, the Ecuadorean Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a formal statement on the matter.

“The declaration of the United States undermines international efforts to seek a negotiated, just and lasting solution in the region. Ecuador warns of the negative effects that the decision of that country may have on the recovery of peace talks between Israel and Palestine,” the statement read.

So far, the violence generated in response to Trump's decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem leaves two people dead and more than 300 injured.

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