Malaysia, Luxembourg denounces Netanyahu’s plan of annexation of West Bank

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia has strongly condemned the statement by Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli government’s plan to annex parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territory of West Bank.

In a statement yesterday, the Foreign Ministry said the irresponsible statement would undermine any effort and chance for a lasting solution and peace in the Middle East.

It underscored that the Israeli move clearly violated international law, the Geneva Conventions and United Nations resolutions, including those of the United Nations Security Council.

“This is indeed a dangerous development that deserves the utmost attention of the international community,” the statement noted.

The ministry pointed out that the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, was the internationally recognised Palestinian territory, which Israel has illegally occupied for many decades now.

“Malaysia urges the international community, in particular the United Nations Security Council, to respond unequivocally to the latest blatant disrespect shown by Israel towards the international rule of law,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, Luxembourg foreign minister Jean Asselborn has also condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that he intends to apply Israeli sovereignty to a strategic part of the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, after the elections. September 17 in Israel.

“This announcement is unacceptable, it goes against international law and the relevant UN resolutions, and if this announcement is implemented, it will mean the end of the peace process and the efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of the two-state solution,” said Asselborn.

According to the Luxembourg foreign ministry press release on Thursday, Asselborn made the statement during his visit to Ramallah.

“Even in the election campaign, it must be realized that such an announcement hurts the Palestinian people and undermines the prospect of lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” said Asselborn.

He noted that Luxembourg has long and consistently defended the two-state solution, and the right of the Palestinian people to have a viable, independent and democratic state based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital and living in peace and security alongside Israel.

Asselborn will be in Jordan later today, according to the press release.

Source: Kuwait News Agency