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Kuala Lumpur declaration reaffirms central, religious and spiritual character of Jerusalem

Friday January 20, 2017 7:50 PM, IINA

OIC Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur:
The Extraordinary meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday reaffirmed the centrality of the cause of Palestine for the member states of the OIC.

The meeting also recalled all relevant resolutions adopted by the OIC, the UN General Assembly and Security Council, on the illegal Israeli practices in the Occupied Territories of the State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem.

It also reiterates its unequivocal condemnation of all the illegal settlement regime perpetrated by Israel, the occupying power, to colonize the occupied Palestinian land, including Jerusalem and welcomes the adoption of Security Council’s resolution No.2334 (2016) which provides, among other things, for the non-recognition of any alterations to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, and emphasizes the importance of this resolution in ensuring better prospects for a just, durable and comprehensive peace, and deplores statements/positions, against the said resolution that are incompatible with international law and with the requisites for the achievement of peace.

It reaffirmed the central, religious and spiritual character of the City of Jerusalem, and reiterates in this respect its rejection of any attempts susceptible to prejudice the Palestinian right to full sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Palestine.

It also called upon the States or officials to desist from any activities or statements that might support or encourage Israel, the occupying power, to continue its violations and pursue its illegal occupation and annexation of Jerusalem, including any such encouragement through the transfer of their diplomatic missions to the city or the holding of any official meetings there.

The meeting reiterated also its rejection and condemnation to any declaration or measure that may compromise the legal status of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the City of Jerusalem and invites Member States to take the necessary steps and measures in this respect and to uphold their commitments within the framework of international law and the resolutions of OIC Summits and Foreign Ministers Conferences in the face of any such hostile positions.

It welcomed the convening of the Middle East Peace Conference on 15 January 2017 in Paris to mobilize international support to uphold the two-state solution for peace and calls for the need to follow up on the implementation of UNSC Resolution 2334 (2016) and the Paris Communiqué, in such a way as to compel Israel, the occupying power, to put an end to its illegal settlement regime, including in Jerusalem, and to cease sabotaging the two-state solution through its illegal activities and policies.

The meeting determined to continue extending assistance to the State of Palestine in mobilizing international support for the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, foremost of which their right to self-determination and to the embodiment of their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.


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