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