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17719Interests of all religions must be ensured in Jerusalem - Russian Foreign Ministry

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Apr 4, 2013

      03 April 2013, 10:09
      Interests of all religions must be ensured in Jerusalem - Russian
      Foreign Ministry

      Moscow, April 3, Interfax - Palestine and Israel should guarantee free
      access of followers of different religions to the holy places in their
      settlement of the Jerusalem problem, the Russian Foreign Ministry
      information and press department said in a commentary.

      "The media reported that President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud
      Abbas and King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan signed an
      agreement in Amman on March 31 to confirm the role of the King of Jordan
      as the keeper of Islamic and Christian holy places in Jerusalem. Russia
      traditionally attributes special significance to preservation of the
      holy places in Jerusalem and peace and tranquility on the Holy Land. We
      value relevant Palestinian and Jordanian efforts," the commentary said.

      The Jerusalem problem has been recognized as one of the most complex in
      the Arab-Israeli conflict due to its close connection to other crucial
      questions of the Middle East peace process - borders, settlements and
      refugees, the Russian Foreign Ministry noted.

      "It should be resolved at Palestinian-Israeli negotiations with
      understanding that guaranteed free and unhampered access of followers of
      various religions to the holy places is an invariable task of all the
      concerned parties. It is of paramount importance to preserve the unique
      historical and cultural image of the city, which is of key significance
      to world religions and entire humanity," the ministry stressed.

      Russia will continue its active assistance in the just settlement of the
      Jerusalem problems in various formats, the ministry said.