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Linas Linkevičius

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MFA statement regarding recognition of Jerusalem

Created: 2017.12.07 / Updated: 2017.12.07 16:47

Referring to the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and preparations to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, Lithuania reiterates its position that the two-state solution remains the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

It is a primary task for the international community to double its efforts to create the  necessary impetus to renew dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians in order to achieve an agreement on all final status issues  in direct bilateral negotiations.

The status of Jerusalem as a capital for both countries in the future is one of the permanent status issues and therefore the subject to negotiations between Israelis and  Palestinians.

The peace process must be conducted in an atmosphere free from violence, therefore it is important for all parties to work together to maintain calm.

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