Romanian row over shifting of embassy to Jerusalem Apr 21, 2018 0 75 12345 AFPBucharestA row erupted Friday between Romania's government and President Klaus Iohannis over a proposal to move the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The foreign ministry said Friday that"a process of analysis and evaluation with the aim of transferring the embassy has been launched".Prime Minister Viorica Dancila of the left-wing Social Democratic Party confirmed Friday the government had adopted a memorandum on moving the embassy but added that other steps needed to be taken before a final decision.In December American President Donald Trump sparked global controversy by announcing that the US would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Romania would be the first EU country to follow suit.Dancila was more cautious than PSD party chief Liviu Dragnea, who on Thursday pre-empted any official announcement and told the Antena 3 TV channel that the decision to move the embassy had been taken.Meanwhile Iohannis's office said he had"not been consulted or informed over this process,"adding that in his opinion the decision was"not based on firm, wide-ranging evaluations".Iohannis, who is from the centre-right and has expressed numerous disagreements with the government, pointed to the constitution, under which the president"approves the creation or shutting down"of diplomatic missions.Emphasising that Romania's position on the Israeli-Palestinian question"had not changed", Iohannis said:"At this stage a transfer of the embassy would represent a violation of international law.""The government's initiative could eventually represent, at the most, the beginning of a process of evaluation... which could only be finalised after the conclusion of peace talks,"Iohannis added.Prime Minister Dancila confirmed on Friday that the government had adopted a memorandum outlining the plans."I assure you that we are responsible, we have judgement,... we will discuss this with all institutions, including the president,"she told reporters."When we get to a shared position we will make that public,"she added.Israel occupied mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem and the surrounding region in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, declaring the whole city its capital.However, neither move was recognised by the international community and the Palestinians see the eastern part of the city as the capital of their future state. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Queen Elizabeth to celebrate 92nd birthday at concert party Apr 21, 2018 0 21 UK rules out hard border with Ireland after exit from EU Apr 21, 2018 0 19 Police raid university as anti-Macron protests flag Apr 21, 2018 0 20 Prince Charles to be next head of Commonwealth AFP London Commonwealth leaders agreed Friday that Prince Charles should follow his mother Queen Elizabeth II as the next head of the group, the BBC and other media reported. Queen Elizabeth on Thursday told leaders from .. 'Czech party wants to restart talks on forming govt' PRAGUE Leaders of the centre-left Czech Social Democratic Party agreed on Friday to return to talks with Prime Minister Andrej Babis's ANO party on forming a new government, a Social Democrat source at the meeting .. UK teen jailed for hacking CIA chief's email LondonA British teenager who accessed the email accounts of top US intelligence and security officials including the head of the CIA was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday. Kane Gamble, 18, founder of Crackas With .. Appeal of parents of terminally-ill toddler rejected London The parents of a terminally-ill British toddler lost a last-ditch legal bid on Friday to prevent doctors from turning off life support for their son despite getting the support of Pope Francis. Tom Evans and Kate .. Facebook drive to control damage runs in trouble BERLIN Facebook's attempt to limit fallout from a massive data breach hit trouble in Germany on Friday as a privacy watchdog opened a case against the social network and politicians accused its bosses of evasion. The .. German accused of approving unfit asylum cases Berlin A former employee of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has been accused of approving 1,200 asylum cases despite the fact that they did not meet the relevant requirements. An investigation for .. Dozens injured in train collision at Austrian station Vienna Fifty-four people were injured on Friday when a train crashed into standing carriages at the station in the Austrian city of Salzburg, Austrian Federal Railways said. While most of the affected passengers ..