Costa Rica to move Israel embassy out of Jerusalem
16 Aug 2006 22:56:36 GMT
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Aug 16 (Reuters) -
The decision .
Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, a former Nobel Peace Prize winner, said he made the decision to
Arias said at an event marking his first 100 days in office.
He said Shimon , Israel's deputy prime minister, had the decision.
Israel regards East Jerusalem as part of its "undivided and eternal capital." It captured the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally.
The 200,000 Arab residents of East Jerusalem are caught between Israel and an emerging Palestinian state which wants the eastern part of Jerusalem as its future capital.
Arias said the relocation to Tel Aviv should not, however, be interpreted as as a slight to Israel, which has had historically close ties to Costa Rica.
"As far as Costa Rica is concerned, the right to exist and live free of threat, particularly the criminal threat of terrorism, is beyond all doubt," said Arias, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his efforts to end civil wars in neighboring Central American nations.