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Kuwait condemns Netanyahu plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Netanyahu vowed Tuesday to begin annexing West Bank settlements if he wins national elections next week. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 11, (KUNA): Kuwait condemned Wednesday, “in the strongest possible terms”, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intentions to annex more lands of the occupied West Bank if he wins the next elections.

A source from the Foreign Ministry said in a statement that such announcement is a serious and flagrant violation of the Palestinian peoples’ rights, a violation of international law, the Charter of the United Nations and the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.

The official noted that Netanyahu’s statements represents a violation of all efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive peace. He stressed the need for the international community to take its legal responsibilities in rejecting this declaration and consider it as “void with no legal effects on the legitimate and historical rights of the Palestinian people.”

The source concluded by affirming Kuwait’s principled and firm stance in support of the Palestinian issue to establish an independent Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital in accordance with international laws, the Arab Peace Initiative, and the international legitimacy.

The European Union also condemned the statements made by Netanyahu on his intention to annex occupied lands of the West Bank. “The EU will not recognise any changes to the pre-1967 borders including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties,” an EU spokesperson on foreign affairs told journalists.

“The policy of settlement construction and expansion, including in East Jerusalem, is illegal under international law and its continuation, and actions taken in this context, undermine the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace,” added the spokesperson who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Meanwhile, the Secretary- General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr Abdul-Latif Al-Zayani condemned the Israeli Prime Minister’s statements on his intention to annex lands from the occupied West Bank to Israeli sovereignty.

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