Bulgaria: Changing Jerusalem’s status could negatively affect peace process

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The status of Jerusalem as the holy city of the three monotheistic religions should be negotiated through Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which will lead to an agreement on the final status of the Palestinian territories, Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said on December 7 2017 after US president Donald Trump said that his administration was recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Any change in the status of Jerusalem, which was not achieved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, could negatively affect the efforts to re-launch the Middle East peace process,” Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said.

Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva.

The ministry said that, as an EU member state, Bulgaria would remain engaged with regional and international partners, including the Quartet for the Middle East, “in support of efforts to resume peace talks and to find a solution to the conflict, based on the principle of two countries coexisting in peace and security”.

On December 6, Trump said: “I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…while previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the search for a site in Jerusalem, for the new US embassy, would start immediately. Tillerson said that Trump remained committed to peace in the Middle East.

 

 

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