OIC leaders determined to find peaceful solution for Palestine
The Jakarta Post
Leaders of the Islamic world have brought the issue of Palestine back to the center of global attention with their attendance at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) Extraordinary Summit in Jakarta.
They have also come to a unified stance on the solution of the Israel-Palestine conflict under the Jakarta Declaration to be announced at the end of the summit.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an immediate resolution on the issue of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif, an issue which he said was of concern to the entire Muslim ummah (community), including in its impact beyond Palestinian territory, such as its impact on terrorism.
"The just solution for the Palestinian cause will cancel all pretext for the terrorist waves [...] These threats are looming high and near over all the countries of our ummah. We need to go on to build our societies and realize welfare for our people and defend our causes," Abbas said at the summit on Monday.
The President expressed optimism about the meeting, which follows up France's initiative to hold an international peace conference this year that would address the Palestine crisis.
Abbas hopes the OIC Extraordinary Summit can come up with an effective solution that gathers multilateral support and is in accordance with international law.
The Palestinian president further said that his people would not accept any provisional or partial solutions as have been proposed by Israel. Any temporary or partial solution would hold no meaning and would not solve the problem, he added.
Meanwhile, OIC summit chair, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, said he was confident the summit would be a major milestone in enhancing solidarity among OIC member countries and supporting the Palestinian cause.
Shoukry warned against all actions perpetrated by Israel in the framework of its expansion in the West Bank. He expressed deep concern over aggression and assaults at the holy city of Al-Quds. He said Israel's occupation remained the major obstruction to progress toward peace and the achievement of a two-state solution.
"Egypt supports Palestine in establishing their state on the boundaries of 1967 with Al-Quds as its capital," Shoukry said.
Despite the complexities of the issues in the Middle East, the cause of Palestine remains at the center of the attention of the Arab and Islamic worlds, he added. The reconciliation of Palestine is the key for peace and security in the region, Shoukry said. (ebf)
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