Italian PM says Unesco resolution 'unbelievable'

Renzi will meet FM on Israel resolution. Ready to break EU line

21 October, 13:12

    Italian Premier Matteo Renzi Italian Premier Matteo Renzi

    ROME - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Friday said a resolution adopted by the United Nations cultural agency which makes no reference to Jewish ties to a holy site in Jerusalem is ''unbelievable''.
    Renzi said he has asked for a meeting with Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni as soon as he returns to Rome in an interview with Rtl radio 102.5.
    ''It is incomprehensible, unacceptable and wrong'', the premier also said of the resolution, adding that ''if it is necessary to break European unity on this, then it must be broken''.

    ''Historically, we have always been together with other European countries on these positions. But I sincerely find Unesco's decision incomprehensible and wrong.  Claiming that Jerusalem and Judaism have no relation is like claiming that the sun sheds darkness'', Renzi also said. 

    The premier added he has told ''diplomats dealing with these issues that we can't continue to go on like this - we cannot deny reality''.

    Unesco's executive board has approved the Arab-sponsored resolution, which repeatedly refers to a hilltop complex which is also the holiest site in Judaism only by its Islamic name.
    The site is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif.

    The resolution prompted Israel to freeze co-operation with Unesco last week.

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