The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned Moldova’s decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem, urging officials in the Eastern European country to rescind their plan.
The 57-member organization, in a statement released on Thursday, called on the government of Moldova to ‘reverse this decision and respect its legal and political obligations under international law and resolutions.’
It also urged Moldova to adopt positions that support the chances of establishing peace on the basis of the two-state solution, and promotion of security and stability in the Middle East region and across the world.
‘This illegal move constitutes a violation of Security Council and the UN General Assembly resolutions on Jerusalem , which affirm the rejection of any measures that would prejudice the historical, legal and political situation of the occupied city of Jerusalem,’ the OIC stated.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Foreign Ministry have, in two separate statements, condemned Moldova’s decision, describing it as a blatant violation of international law.
Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said in a statement Moldova must be treated as a ‘rogue state’ for being complicit in Israeli crimes.