The ministerial committee on Arab Peace Initiative, which is tasked with following up on Palestine’s UN membership bid, said Sunday moves should be stepped up to drum up support for the bid.
The committee called, in a final communique at the wrapping-up of its one-day meeting, for supporting Palestine’s UNESCO membership bid.
The committee consists of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Yemen, Sudan, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Oman.
All legal and political alternatives should be found to address the findings of a potential resolution of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Palestine’s full UN membership, it urged.
In this context, it asked the head of the committee, the secretary general of the Arab League and member states of the committee, to intensify their contacts with UNSC and UNESCO members to ensure their support for a Palestinian statehood on the pre-June 1967 border with Jerusalem as its capital, as well as Palestine’s UNESCO membership bid.
The committee added that it would ask the Quartet through the UNSC to move to bring Israeli occupying authorities to accountability for their continuing settlement operations and inattention to peace efforts.
It hailed ongoing efforts to achieve reconciliation among all disputing Palestinian actions, arguing that inter-Palestinian reconciliation is a core pillar for addressing serious challenges the Palestinian people are facing.
But, it vehemently denounced recent threats by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman against Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas as so unacceptable that they would lead to nothing but killing the peace process.
It finally condemned in the strongest words recent attacks on the Gaza Strip, and called on the international community to live up to responsibility by taking some action against such Israeli violations.