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In a statement to the Qatar News Agency, an authoritative source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that this criminal act is a violation of the sanctity of the Islamic Holy Places and of the heritage of human civilization. It is an open affront to the sentiments of the Arab and Muslim peoples of the world and may thus ignite the situation in the region, over and above the fact that it represents a violation of international law and custom.
The source appealed to the international community and to the Security Council and its permanent members to meet their responsibility to prevent such provocation.
The source urged the co-sponsors of the peace process, the United States and the Russian Federation, as well as the European Union to take immediate action to halt such grave outrages against the sanctity of Jerusalem and to create more appropriate conditions for a resumption of the peace process in the Middle East.
In concluding his statement, the source stressed that the State of Qatar, as current Chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, would support the Palestinian people in its just struggle to regain its land and its legitimate rights in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and the principle of land for peace, and he called upon Israel to respond to all the international initiatives and efforts being made for the establishment of peace, security and stability in the Middle East region.