UNESCO backs Jordan, Palestine on Jerusalem

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AMMAN — The Executive Council of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), during its 21st session, unanimously adopted a resolution on the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls, supporting the position of Jordan and Arab and Islamic member states on the holy city. اضافة اعلان

Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ambassador Dhaifallah Al-Fayez, said that the adoption of the decision during the council’s meeting on Wednesday came as a result of a Jordanian diplomatic effort “in coordination with the brothers in the State of Palestine and the Arab and Islamic groups in the organization.”

Fayez explained that the decision supports Jordan’s position regarding the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls, including the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and that the decision reaffirmed that all Israeli measures aimed at changing the character of the holy city and its legal status are null and void.

He added that the decision also calls on Israel to stop all its illegal violations and measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque / Al-Haram Al-Sharif, and in the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls.

He added, the decision upholds the 19th executive council meeting’s resolutions and the World Heritage Committee’s decisions related to Jerusalem, all of which expressed regret over the failure of Israel, as the occupying power, to stop excavations, building tunnels and all the other illegal works in East Jerusalem in compliance with the international law.

The decision also called for expediting the appointment of a permanent representative of UNESCO in the Old City of Jerusalem to monitor all measures within the mandate of the organization, and to send a monitoring mission from the organization to Jerusalem to monitor all violations committed by Israel, the occupying power under international law.