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President sends message of solidarity with Palestinian people

posted on 01/12/2007: 717 views

New York - UAE expressed its hope that the international political initiatives personified recently in the Annapolis peace conference will put an end to the impasse and push the peace process ahead in line with the legitimate international resolutions and Arab peace initiative. A comprehensive, permanent and just peace solution will see an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and Arabs and Israel live side by side in peace and security.

This was expressed in a message of solidarity sent by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday to Paul Badji of Senegal, the current Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

Sheikh Khalifa sent the message to mark the Palestinian Solidarity Day observed by UN.

In his message Sheikh Khalifa thanked the Committee for its efforts to support the Palestinian issue at regional and international bodies.

He said that the Palestinian Solidarity Day which coincides this year with the 40th anniversary of the institution of the Committee personifies the continuing support of the international community to the Palestinian struggle to end the Israeli occupation, gain independence and establish the state of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital.

Al though 60 years have passed after United Nations passed its resolution No.181 dividing Palestine into two separate states, Arab and Israeli, and in spite of all the initiatives, deals, international political and diplomatic moves which were made during the last six decades, Israel still continue to occupy the Palestinian state. It also perpetrates the worst war crimes, carry out killings, arrests, closure of utilities, putting the people of Palestine into starvation in organized ways, isolating and besieging them. Above this all, Israel imprisons thousands of Palestinians and systematically destroy the Palestinian institutions. More over they cut off food supplies, power and fuel for the Palestinian people in violation of all the laws of human justice in the most arrogant way the humanity has seen during the past centuries; the message read.

Israel's policies of racial discrimination, ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, its construction of separating walls in the deep of West Bank and its continuous violation of all the international rules and resolutions and the abuse of the Islamic and Christian holy sites; all these point out to the enmity of Israeli government and its plans to force tens of thousands of Palestinians to flee their homes. It also proves the intentions of Israel to widen its occupation on the Arab lands which it usurped using military power; the message said.

This made all the regional and international peace initiatives become ineffective during the last two decades. It also continues, even until today, to pose threats to all peace efforts of the international community as it meets in Annapolis in quest for a permanent peace, Sheikh Khalifa said in his message sent to the United Nations.

Sheikh Khalifa said international community's inability to stop Israel from violating international day, the UN charter, the international legitimacy resolutions and the international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention for 1949, "have, not only increased the feelings of despair, disappointment and violence among the Palestinian people, but also among all peoples of the region. Therefore, the UAE calls on the international community, particularly the UN and the Quartet members, to provide an appropriate mechanism to protect the Palestinian people." "The UAE also calls for exerting political and economic pressure on Israel to immediately stop its aggressive and colonial activities in the Palestinian and Arab territories." "We affirm that peaceful, just and permanent settlement of the Palestinian issue and the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East, would not achieved unless Israel has fulfilled its all obligations, starting by ceasing its blockade and aggressive policy against the Palestinians, dismantling settlements, ending its occupation of the Palestinian territories and respecting their unity, including East Jerusalem." Sheikh Khalifa also called for resuming the final settlement negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, specially the matters related to the return of Palestinian refugees, defining the status of Jerusalem and Palestinian-Israeli borders demarcation, based on the international legitimacy principles such as resolutions 242 and 338 and the Arab peace initiative approach, launched during the Arab summit in Beirut 2002 which calls for immediate Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian and Arab territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem and the Syria's Golan.

Sheikh Khalifa renewed UAE's support to the Palestinian people and to their struggle to regain their freedom and legitimate rights, including the right for self determination and independence.

"We hope that the optimistic mood which prevailed during the Annapolis peace conference would contribute in ending the stalemate in the Middle East peace process on all Arab-Israeli tracks, in accordance with the international legitimacy's resolutions, the road map and the Arab peace initiative, in order to reach a peaceful, just and comprehensive settlement and to establish the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, to live side by side with Israel," he said.

Sheikh Khalifa urged the international community to intensify political and financial support to the Palestinian people "to help alleviate the humanitarian situation resulting from Israeli aggression." "We also hope that proper support will be given to the committee concerned with enabling the Palestinian people to exercise their rights, specially in reflecting developments of the Palestinian issue, keeping track of the occupier's practices and lending support to the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom and independence, for developing their national capacities and for leading a decent life in their independent country," he concluded. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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