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Turkey Warns Possible US Move to Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital Will be a 'Disaster'

An expected move this week by United States President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be a “disaster” for the region, Turkish government spokesperson Bekir Bozdag said, Hurriyet reports.

“If other steps are taken for Jerusalem, whose status is under protection by international agreements, the outcome will be disaster,” Bozdag said, speaking after a cabinet meeting.

Such a move would “entirely abolish the peace process” and “pave the way for new uneasiness,” he said, adding that unforeseen and open ended incidents could come up.

Neither Israelis nor Palestinians nor others would benefit from such a move, the spokesperson said.

“International agreements and United Nations resolutions require the protection of Jerusalem’s status, and the U.N. has a separate commitment to maintain this status. Turkey reminds everyone once again of their responsibilities and commitments at this point,” he said.

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