Arab Summit draft statement calls for UN peacekeepers in occupied Palestinian territories pending two-state solution

Samar Al-Gamal , Thursday 16 May 2024

An unofficial version of the final statement of Thursday's 33rd Arab Summit in Bahrain, obtained by Ahram Online, includes a call from the Arab states to "deploy international protection and peacekeeping forces under the United Nations in the occupied Palestinian territory until the two-state solution is implemented."

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File Photo: From Right: Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, during a conference to support Palestine at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.AP


According to the statement, the Manama Summit emphasizes the UN Security Council's (UNSC) responsibility to take clear actions to implement the two-state solution. It also calls to “set a timeline” for the political process and negotiations and to take clear steps to implement this solution.

Such a step will be followed by a resolution from the UNSC under Chapter VII, which will then establish a viable and contiguous Palestinian state on the pre-June 4, 1967 borders with its capital in East Jerusalem, and end any occupation of its land.

The Arab leaders are also expected to call for “urgent measures to halt the immediate and permanent ceasefire, end aggression in the Gaza Strip, provide protection for civilians, and release captives and detainees.”

The text of the final draft statement further calls for the "withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from all areas of the Gaza Strip," the lifting of the blockade imposed on it, and the reopening of all crossings to allow for the entry of humanitarian aid.

The Arab leaders also hold Israel responsible for the destruction of cities and civilian infrastructure in the strip, according to the statement.

Moreover, they stress in their statement their “categorical rejection of any attempts to forcibly displace Palestinians from their land in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.”

In another part of the final statement, the Arab leaders reiterate “full and strong rejection of any support for armed groups or militias operating outside the sovereignty of states and pursuing or executing external agendas conflicting with the higher interests of Arab states.”

In the statement, they also emphasize the solidarity of all Arab states in defending their sovereignty, territorial integrity, and protecting their national institutions against any external attempts of aggression, imposition of influence, undermining sovereignty, or compromising Arab interests.

Additionally, they unequivocally reject terrorism "motives and justifications" and emphasize the need to "cut off its sources of funding,” while supporting international endeavors to combat terrorist organizations, halt their funding, and address the detrimental impact of terrorism on the region, highlighting its threat to international peace and security.

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