Abu Dhabi Declaration stresses Palestinian cause central for Muslims, Arabs

ABU DHABI, The Palestinian issue is central for both Arab and Muslim nations, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Heads of delegations of Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday, this came in Abu Dhabi Declaration following the conclusion of their two-day meeting.

The ministers reiterated their position to strive in order to reach a comprehensive and permanent solution and to establish an independent Palestinian state in line with the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the decisions of international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative.

The ministers affirmed their commitment to respect the security, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Member States, and believe in the necessity of resolving existing and emerging litigations and conflicts through negotiation, mediation and reconciliation by adopting diplomatic solutions based on the principles of international law, it said. They said “we call upon the full activation of the OIC mechanism on peace and security and the good offices of the secretary general.” The conferees condemned all Israeli violations against the brotherly Palestinian people, and any procedures taken by the Israeli occupation forces and aiming at changing the nature of East Jerusalem or its demography or any arbitrary steps which undermine the international efforts to reach the two-states solution and achieve peace, the declaration said.

Ministers also affirmed their commitment to preserve the unity, sovereignty and territorial independence and integrity of Yemen, and refuse any interference in its internal affairs, it noted.

They also reaffirmed their support to the rule of constitutional law in Yemen in order to restore peace and stability in Yemen, stressing that the political solution is the only one to the crisis in Yemen and such solution is based on the three points of reference agreed upon as well as the Security Council Resolution 2216, it pointed out.

They renewed their support to the efforts of the United Nations and its Special Envoy for Yemen, and assured that the coalition forces led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia entered Yemen upon official request by the legitimate government in Yemen and according to the UN Security Council Resolution 2216, it said.

They emphasized their unchanged commitment to preserve the sovereignty, stability and territorial unity and integrity of Syria, and the necessity to reach a political solution based on the participation of Syrian parties, in order to fulfill the aspirations of the Syrian people, in line with the Geneva declaration and the resolutions and statements issued in this regard, mainly the UNSC resolution 2245 (of 2015) to support the UN efforts to hold meetings in Geneva and reach a political settlement of the Syrian crisis; and to invite states to cooperate with the UN for a successful outcome of the Syrian negotiations in order to end the conflict and establish peace and stability in Syria, it pointed out.

They stressed the importance of promoting and strengthening the ties of Islamic economic and commercial unity and solidarity between Member States in order to achieve economic integration and secure common interests on the international arena, and striving for the promotion of the leading role of Islam in the world, while ensuring sustainable development, progress and prosperity for the peoples of Member States, according to the declaration.

The declaration said that the conferees decided to mark the year 2019 as a golden jubilee of the 50th anniversary of the OIC in order to enhance its presence as an international organization and an effective partner in the stabilization of peace, security and development in the world.

They said, “we invite all Member States to celebrate this anniversary by organizing national programs within the framework of the OIC.” They called upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to respond positively to the peaceful calls of the UAE to reach a peaceful solution, which ends the Iranian occupation of the three Emirati islands, through dialogue and direct negotiations or by seeking international arbitration, it made clear.

In addition, they condemned all violations made by the revolutionary Houthi militia in Yemen and the continuous looping and obstruction, by this militia, of humanitarian and relief aid meant for the brotherly Yemeni population. “We also strongly condemn the militia’s continuous intransigence and refusal of peace in Yemen by imposing obstacles and challenges and procrastinating the implementation of what has been agreed upon in the consultations in Sweden on December 13, 2018, and we call upon the international community and the relevant UN organs to assume their responsibilities by increasing pressure on the rebels in order for them to comply with peace and implement the Sweden agreement,” it explained.

They reiterated commitment to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya, and the refusal of any external interference in the Libyan affairs. “We support the efforts of the Presidential Council of the Libyan Government of National Accord to restore security and stability in Libya, and affirm that the political solution is the only solution to the Libyan crisis.” They added that they also support the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Libya Ghassan Salama to establish national accord in Libya, and urge Member States to support the national comprehensive reconciliation in Libya, and highlight the necessity of joining international efforts to defeat terrorist groups in Libya.

The ministers stressed the importance for OIC Member States to continue being involved in the UN system including the United Nations General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council as well as the relevant international organizations in order to respond to the large-scale human rights violations against the Rohingya Muslims, taking into consideration the latest developments in this regard, according to the statement.

They affirmed the necessity to stabilize the situation as soon as possible in South-East Asia and Central Asia, and in the Middle-East and North Africa as well as other areas of the Africa continent through finding an immediate political solution to all crises and conflicts to avoid the negative and devastating impact thereof, in compliance with the principles of the UN Charter and the Charter of the OIC as well as international standards, it stated.

The aim of this is to end the suffering of the affected populations and the resulting migration and displacement of the populations, within a solid principle based on the respect of the sovereignty of the states to which these populations belong, and of the territorial integrity thereof, in conformity with the international law and international agreements, it said.

They underlined the need to restore permanent peace and stability in Afghanistan as an important factor for peacekeeping and promotion of peace, and encourage the efforts of the OIC aiming at holding an international conference of Muslim Scholars to achieve political reconciliation and establish peace, security and stability in Afghanistan.

Furthermore, they confirmed support to nuclear-weapons disarmament efforts and the disposal of weapons of massive destruction as a means to increase the promotion of international peace and security, and support the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East. Finally, the ministers welcomed readiness of Niger to host the next session in 2020.

Source: Kuwait News Agency