Iohannis: Relocation of embassy to Jerusalem would prevent Romania from becoming non-permanent member of the UN Security Council

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Romania might fail to become a non-permanent member in the UN Security Council if it decides to relocate its embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, said Romanian President Klaus Iohannis after meeting Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the United Nations General Assembly. The head of state stressed that such a decision doesn’t belong to the Government anyway.

Such a decision would instantly cancel any chance of Romania to be voted as non-permanent member on the UN Security Council, not only now, but also in the future. I know an evaluation process has started at the Government, but the decision is not with the Government. If they want to make this assessment, they are free to do it, but I haven’t received any information about the stage of this assessment so far,” Iohannis said.

In his turn, the president of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, who met President Iohannis at Cotroceni Palace on Tuesday, stated that the decision on the embassy relocation belongs to Romania, yet reminding that the UN voted to observe the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians related to the statute of Jerusalem.

„The decision to relocate the embassy to Israel or not is the right of the member states. As president of the UN General Assembly I have no right to comment on this issue. We have a security council that is taking care of this matter and these resolutions. Jerusalem’s statute must be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians and the statute of negotiations must be observed by all nations. 127 member states voted to endorse this principle, only eight vetoed it,” Miroslav Lajčák pointed out.

 

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