Relocation of U.S. embassy to Jerusalem heightens tensions – AU

Moussa Mahamt, Chairperson of AU Commission.

Chairperson of AU Commission, Moussa Mahamt, on Tuesday, said the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem can only further heighten tensions in the region.

It also complicates the search for a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said the chairperson in a statement.

Earlier on Monday in a highly controversial move, the U.S. opened an embassy in Jerusalem, an ancient city holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians.

In the statement, the chairperson expressed deep concern about the prevailing situation in the Palestinian territories, following the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

He strongly condemned the disproportionate use of force by the Israeli army, which resulted in the killing of more than 50 Palestinian demonstrators, while many more were injured.

The chairperson reiterated the solidarity of the AU with the Palestinian people in their legitimate quest for an independent and sovereign State with East Jerusalem as its capital.

He called for renewed and genuine international efforts to find a just and lasting solution to the conflict, based on the existence of two states, Israel and Palestine, within the framework of the relevant UN pronouncements.