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Jakarta Post

Palestine gets NAM support for liberty, UN membership

  • Abdul Khalik and Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 28 2011   /  08:00 am

Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ministers ended the movement’s 16th intersessional meeting here Friday with strong support for an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The 120 members of the movement also vowed to get as much recognition as possible to allow Palestine UN membership in case a two-state peace process mediated by the Quartet, comprised of the UN, the US, EU and Russia, failed to gain results by September when UN General Assembly members are to convene.

“The ministers reaffirmed the long-standing international consensus recognizing the Palestinian people as a nation and recognizing their inalienable right to self-determination and independence in their State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital,” the declaration read.

In its declaration, NAM also reiterated the demand that “Israel imme...