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Amman Declaration Rejects Transfer of Embassies to Jerusalem | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Representatives from Arab League states prepare resolutions for an Arab heads of state annual meeting on Wednesday, at the Dead Sea, Jordan, Monday, March 27, 2017. (AP)

Jordan (Dead Sea)- Diplomatic sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Amman Declaration, to be issued by the end of the Arab summit, will demand the international community to commit to the natural norms of legitimacy regarding the status of Jerusalem, and to consider the transfer of any country’s embassy to it a violation on international laws and resolutions. As well as a loud transgression against the rights of the Palestinian people.

“The declaration will call Arab leaders of all States to commit to United Nations Security Council resolutions 476 and 478 issued in 1980, and international law, which considers the Israeli law to annex Jerusalem null and void as well as deploying diplomatic missions or the transferring of embassies there,” sources said.

The Amman declaration is expected to reaffirm the commitment of Arab states to the Palestine peace initiative and the need to reach a political settlement which leads to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as a capital.

The declaration will “back the constitutional legitimacy in Yemen embodied in the government internationally recognized and led by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi,” sources said.

More so, the statement will support the finding of a peaceful solution for Yemen as well as calling upon the international community and all human rights organizations to take a quick and firm stance on coup violations.

As for the foreign feeding into regional strife, the declaration will condemn “the continued Iranian interference in the internal affairs of a number of Arab countries, calling on Tehran to act in accordance with principles of good neighborliness, withdrawing any military forces from any Arab state territory.”
It will also call on the “the international community represented by the Security Council to pressure Tehran to halt its hostile activities.”

Arab leaders will corroborate their support of Libya’s political agreement signed in the Moroccan Skhirat in 2015, which backs the Government of National Accord (GNA) as the sole legitimate authority in Libya.

Any foreign interference of any kind in Libyan affairs will be rejected, unless it was upon the GNA’s request and in coordination with its bodies.

As for the ongoing Syria crisis, the declaration will state that “the single solution for Syria is a political one” and will include an Arab commitment to support countries hosting Syrian refugees.

The Declaration focuses on “safeguarding Arab national security and fighting terrorism,” given the unprecedented security challenges and shifts facing the Arab region. It will stress “the importance of enhancing Arab joint action to maintain national security, defend the independence of Arab states, protect national sovereignty, and combat both terrorism and organized crime.”

On that note, the declaration will promote the organization of a periodic Arab-European summit. Arab leaders will urge Jordan and the League of Arab States to hold discussions and coordinate with EU countries for materializing such an effort.