The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday criticized the recent visit by Guatemalan
President Otto Pérez Molina to east Jerusalem.
PLO Executive Committee
member Saeb Erekat expressed “strong dissatisfaction with the response given by
the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry regarding complaints made by the State of
Palestine on the issue,” according to a statement issued by the PLO.
will not accept any attempt to legitimize Israel’s occupation policies,
particularly in East Jerusalem,” Erekat was quoted as saying.
of the president of Guatemala to the occupied Palestinian capital in
coordination with the Israeli Foreign Ministry is unacceptable and contradicts
Guatemala’s obligations according to the Geneva Conventions, the Rome Statue and
the ICJ [International Court of Justice] opinion on the Wall [the West Bank
security barrier], as well as Security Council Resolutions 476 and 478, among
Erekat said he was even more worried by the response of the
Guatemalan Foreign Ministry, which “attempted to justify the visit” last
The Guatemalan Foreign Ministry’s response “supported a narrative
far removed from reality and demonstrated severe misconceptions that have little
to do with international law,” he said.
Guatemala, Erekat continued,
“should know better, especially given the fact that the vast majority of Latin
America has a clear position regarding Palestine.”
The PLO official said
the Palestinians had made a formal complaint to Guatemala on the matter. “We
consider this visit, along with the statement issued by the Foreign Ministry,
tantamount to accepting the Israeli annexation of occupied East Jerusalem,”
“We will take all necessary steps to make it clear that
East Jerusalem is a redline for billions of people worldwide.”
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