Arabs back Palestinian UN membership bid

The Ministerial Committee of the Arab Initiative for Peace, chaired by HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani, yesterday stressed on the necessity of continuous mobilisation of support to Palestine’s UN statehood bid.
The committee, which met in Doha with participation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, decided to continue supporting the Palestinian bid for full membership in Unesco.
It also decided to study all the legal and political alternatives based on the General Assembly’s position regarding the Palestinian bid.
Arab foreign ministers said in a statement that they would call on the Middle East Quartet, through the General Assembly, to stand in the face of the Israeli illegal settlement policies. They will also ask the Quartet to continue its efforts to bring Israel back to the negotiating table with a clear deadline and pre-conditions that are based on international legitimacy.
The committee discussed the recent Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip, in which many civilians were killed and wounded.
It strongly condemned the aggression and urged the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards the Israeli violations and take action to lift the unjust siege being imposed on Gaza Strip.
The committee stressed its full support to the Palestinian reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.
The ministerial meeting was also attended by the Arab League Secretary-General Dr. Nabil el-Arabi and a number of foreign ministers and representatives of member countries.
The Arab Peace Initiative Committee includes Qatar, as the Chair-state; Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Yemen, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan and the Arab League Secretary-General.

(www.gulf-times.com / 30.10.2011)

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