Pompeo: Sovereignty is Israel's decision to make

US Sec. of State says decisions of sovereignty are for Israel to make, moments after UN, Arab League call on Israel to abandon its plans.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated Wednesday that applying sovereignty in areas of Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley was a decision that was up to Israel.

"Decisions about Israelis extending sovereignty to those places are decisions for the Israelis to make," Pompeo told reporters.

He was speaking moments after the United Nations and the Arab League joined in calling for Israel to abandon its plans to declare sovereignty.

The United Nations and the Arab League made a joint appeal Wednesday for Israel to abandon its plans
to declare sovereignty.

The call was made during a UN Security Council video conference in which several government ministers participated.

It was the last international meeting before Israel goes ahead with the plans as early as July 1.

"I call on the Israeli government to abandon its annexation plans," said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

He reiterated what he presented as a goal of a two-state solution with an independent, contiguous, sovereign and viable Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as the capital of both states.

Arab League secretary general Ahmed Aboul Gheit said sovereignty "will destroy any prospect for peace in the future."

"The possible move by the Israeli government to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territory would constitute, if implemented, a serious threat to regional stability," he added.

The UN coordinator for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov said sovereignty "could irrevocably alter the nature of Israeli-Palestinian relations."

He added: "It risks up-ending more than a quarter of a century of international efforts in support of a future viable Palestinian state living in peace, security and mutual recognition with the State of Israel."



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