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Decision on Jerusalem a recognition of de facto realities – David Babayan

The Jerusalem-related developments are a brand new phenomenon, Artsakh President David Babayan says.

“This is something that never happened before and can be viewed from different perspectives,” he said in an interview with Public Radio of Armenia.

“It’s significant to us in the sense that there is a large Armenian community in Jerusalem, and the security of our compatriots is of utmost importance,” David Babayan noted.

From this perspective, he said, Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will stabilize the situation there.

He believes that the Armenian community can serve a bridge between the conflicting parties, considering that Armenians enjoy the respect of both Palestinians and Israelis.

“Second, we see recognition of de facto realities. While Jerusalem is not recognized by the Arab world as Israel’s capital, Israelis have long considered it as their capital city. We see that the United States is willing to find some kind of solution to this issue,” the Spokesman noted.

David Babayan hopes bloodshed will be avoided and Jerusalem will become a cradle of religions. “The situation is complex, but the step has been made and there is no way back,” he said

From the geopolitical point of view this once again brings the Middle East into the spotlight, which means the international community will have to make efforts to maintain peace there,” the Spokesperson said.

“This also means that efforts are needed to establish peace and stability in our region, because the international community cannot afford several hotspots in the same geopolitical location,” Babayan added.

Asked whether this could lead to progress in the international recognition of Artsakh, David Babayan said “Precedents are important in geopolitics, but in this case it is nothing more than an ascertaining of the fact,” he said.

The comments come after  US President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.

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