Resolution on the Middle-East Peace Process

APPF23 RES 16

23rd Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum
14 January 2015

Resolution on the Middle-East Peace Process

APPF23/RES/16

(Sponsored by Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia, Australia, Canada and China)

Convinced that achieving a final and peaceful settlement of the issue of the Palestinian statehood is imperative for the attainment of comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East;

Hoping that the Israelis and the Palestinians will continue their united efforts to realize the two-state solution whereby the Israelis and the Palestinians live side by side in peace;

Reaffirming that a just and lasting solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict must be based on such resolutions as the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council Resolutions, previous agreements between Israel and Palestine, the Resolution on the Middle East Peace Process adopted at the Twenty-second Annual Meeting of the APPF on January 2014, and reaffirming the United Nations recognition and support of the existence of Israel as a independent and sovereign
state;

Expressing support for the Middle East peace process and the efforts to reach a final and lasting settlement between the Israeli and the Palestinian sides as soon as possible;

Recognizing that the Middle East continues to face issues such as the rise of ISIL and that those issues interrelate with the Middle East Peace Process in terms of securing peace and stability in the region;


RESOLVES TO:

1. Call upon both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides to resume early direct negotiations;

2. Urge both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides to settle the issue through negotiation based on the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, the Madrid Principles, the Roadmap, the agreements previously reached by the parties and the Arab Peace Initiative;

3. Urge both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides to halt the use of force and to achieve a durable unconditional cessation of violence;

4. Call upon both parties to avoid unilateral actions which prejudice final status issues, including settlement activities in the West Bank;

5. Encourage all parties concerned to make efforts to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; reaffirm that establishment of a Palestinian state, as well as security for Israel and its borders are essential factors for permanent peace; and call upon the Israeli and Palestinian sides to strive for building a proper environment conducive to the establishment of a Palestinian state;

6. Confirm that creating a viable Palestinian economy premised on tangible improvement of living standards is necessary for building a Palestinian state; and therefore call upon the international community including Israel to support the Palestinians and encourage the Governments of the APPF Member States to enhance assistance to them;

7. Urge all sides involved in the conflict to improve the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip;

8. Support the efforts of the international community including the Quartet towards the progress of peace talks between the Israeli and the Palestinian sides, and call upon the Quartet, other concerned countries and all the APPF Member States to continue to extend as much support and cooperation as possible to the Middle East peace process;

9. Highlight the importance in providing capacity building for the Palestinian territories;



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