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Bishkek concerned about situation around Jerusalem.

Kyrgyzstan is concerned about the situation around historic and legal status of Jerusalem, which may hinder the Palestine-Israel crisis solution and result in escalation of tensions in the Middle East, the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Kyrgyzstan hopes that the joined efforts of the international community will further the peace regulation of the Palestine-Israel conflict based on the principles and international laws, as well as relevant resolutions of the Security Council and UN General Assembly, the statement said.

On December 7, US President Donald Trump announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy.

Mr Trump described the move as "a long overdue step" to advance the Middle East peace process.

The fate of the ancient city is one of the thorniest issues between Israel and the Palestinians, who are backed by the rest of the Arab and wider Islamic world.

Israel occupied the area in the 1967 Middle East war and regards the entire city as its indivisible capital.

The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and according to 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and all countries, including Israel's closest ally the US, maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv.

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Date:Dec 8, 2017
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