World warns Trump not to take provocative step on Jerusalem
Dec 08, 2017, 01:47
Senior U.S. officials said Trump is due on Wednesday to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and set in motion the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city. "At the same time, I appeal strongly for all to respect the city's status quo, in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions", the Pope said in his weekly address, reports AFP.
The pope spoke at the end of his weekly general audience December 6, the same day Trump announced his decision to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, fulfilling a promise he made during his presidential campaign.
We ask from you, Mr President, to help us all walk towards more love and a definitive peace, which can not be reached without Jerusalem being for all.
"Jerusalem is a final-status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, taking into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and the Israeli sides", Mr. Guterres said.
Palestinians insist there is no hope of a peace agreement unless they can use the east of the city as their capital, but the Israelis claim the whole city as their own.
"Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, who venerate the Holy Sites of their respective religions there, and it has a special vocation to peace", the Pope continued in his address Wednesday.
The internationally unsettled status of Jerusalem and its central importance to Jews, Muslims and Christians explains why, while recognizing the state of Israel, no nation has its embassy in the holy city.
The Pope made comments to a group of visiting Palestinians involved in inter-religious dialogue with the Vatican. The Argentine pontiff called for "wisdom and prudence to avoid adding new elements of tension in a world panorama that is already unharmonious and marked by many cruel conflicts". Pope Francis said the Catholic Church in France had chose to use the phrase "do not let us fall into temptation" as an alternative and indicated that it or something similar should be applied worldwide.
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