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UAE lends support to efforts aimed at resuming the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations

posted on 14/02/2010: 813 views

Qawra, Malta - The United Arab Emirates has reiterated its support to the international and regional efforts aimed at resuming the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

In a statement read by Abdelaziz Nasser Al-Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Rome, before the International meeting in support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, organised by the United Nations and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, the UAE said the negotiations were facing a major political deadlock, due to the continued expansion and aggression committed by Israel, which have affected the peoples of the region, particularly the Palestinians.

Below is the full text of the statement: Mr. President, On behalf of the United Arab Emirates, I would like to thank the Government of Malta for hosting such important meeting. I would also like to thank the Management of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean and the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for organising this meeting in support of the Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Mr. President, This meeting is held under very strenuous conditions. The international and regional efforts aimed at resuming the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are facing a major political deadlock, which if continued would leave its negative impact on peace and security in the Middle East. This deadlock was an inevitable result of the continued expansion and aggression committed by Israel, which have affected the peoples of the region, particularly the Palestinians, which half of its population are living in refugee camps since decades. All this is happening in a globalised and democratic world in which issues of colonisation and racial discrimination have been addressed.

Here we wonder how the world explains the ongoing acts of Israel (the occupying power) in confiscating lands, homes and natural resources of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Al Quds Al Sharif, despite the fact that two decades have elapsed since the launching of the peace process in the Middle East and the bilateral agreements made in this regard.

The series of crimes against humanity committed by Israel have included the killing of hundreds of civilians, destruction of the Palestinian economic and social infrastructure, particularly in Gaza, and imposition of sieges and blockades to prevent the Palestinian people from having access to the necessary food and medical supplies and other humanitarian stuff such as fuel and construction materials, in violation of all international laws and legal traditions, which incriminate such practices. Is it possible that the international community, represented by the United Nations, the Quartet and other related regional and international organisations, still unable to put an end to this occupation and violation of human rights in the Palestinian territories under the pretext of security?

This security approach, which did not work and exposed the region to further deterioration, particularly under the present Israeli Government, has resulted in aggravating the suffering of the defenceless Palestinian people due to the illegal and invalid practices followed by this Government, which included building additional settlements in Al Quds Al Sharif and taking away the identifications of thousands of the Palestinian residents who live in Al Quds Al Sharif with a view to preventing them from living in the holy city. The residency rights of 14,000 Palestinian Jerusalemites were revoked by Israeli authorities, including 5,000 in the past year only.

The United Arab Emirates condemns the unilateral violations committed by Israel, which legal impact preceded the final status negotiations, and are the direct cause for developing violence and extremism in the region and led to the stalemate in the negotiations of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The UAE reminds that the international community should not be swayed by the pretexts and manoeuvres fabricated by Israel time and again using the excuse that it needs to maintain its security while its fundamental objective is to distance us from a consideration of the crux of the conflict, which is the continuing occupation. The international community, represented by the United Nations, the Quartet and other related regional organisations, is required today more than ever to shoulder its responsibilities away from double standard policies, in order to provide international protection to the Palestinian people, their properties and their inalienable rights.

The international community is also required to address the illegal conditions in the occupied territories, through the non recognition of the unilateral Israeli measures taken before the final status negotiations. Israel must also be compelled to dismantle settlements and stop other illegal measures taken in the Palestinian territories and Al Quds Al Sharif, which included the building of a separation wall, the judaisation of Jerusalem, the tampering of historical and holy sites and the illegal confiscation of additional Palestinian territories, which all violate the principles of the road map, the provisions of international law, the Fourth Geneva Convention and other international legitimate resolutions, including the resolutions of the Tenth Emergency Special Session and relevant resolutions of the International Court of Justice.

The international community must also demand Israel to stop its policy of backtracking on its commitments and its deliberate undermining of every initiative while paying no heed to the potential consequences of the perpetuation of the cycle of violence, rising tension and instability throughout the region.

Finally Mr. President, the United Arab Emirates, which expresses its satisfaction at the positive positions declared by President Obama regarding the peace process and his commitment to the principle of two-states, would like to recall its conviction that the settlement of the Palestinian question and the situation in the Middle East cannot be achieved without the complete and unconditional withdrawal of Israel from all the Palestinian and Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Al Quds Al Sharif, the Syrian Golan and the Lebanese Shaaba farms, Kafr Shuba and Alghajar village.

The Palestinian refugees should return to their homes and a Palestinian state with Al Quds Al Sharif as its capital should be established within the framework of the Arab Peace initiative, which represents the strategic Arabic option for achieving the two-state solution stipulated in the road map, and in accordance to international legitimate resolutions, the principle of land for peace and the agreements and understandings concluded within the framework of peace process.

The UAE declares its full support to all international and regional efforts aimed at resuming the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations and to the full implementation of all legal aspects of the negotiations. We also confirm our continued support to all efforts aimed at assisting the Palestinian people and easing their present humanitarian plight, which resulted from sieges and blockades, and confirm our support to the National Palestinian Authority led by President Mahmood Abbas.

The UAE also supports the sincere efforts made by the Arab Republic of Egypt for reconciling among the Palestinian factions and reiterates that the continued failure of these efforts will lead to an escalation of tension and instability in our region.

Therefore, we hope that the deliberations of this meeting will lead to advancing efforts aimed at achieving just, permanent and comprehensive peace in the Middle East on the basis of renunciation of violence and occupation, and promotion of mutual respect and cooperation among all countries of the region. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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