Resolution on the Middle East Peace Process

APPF20/RES/09

20th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
8-12 January 2012

Resolution on the Middle East Peace Process

 

APPF20/RES/09

(Co-Sponsored by Indonesia and Japan)

THE TWENTIETH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASIA-PACIFIC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM:

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

Hoping that the Israelis and Palestinians will continue their efforts to peacefully establish a Palestinian state that co-exists with Israel;

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 the PLO, and the Resolution on the Middle East Peace Process adopted at the Nineteenth Annual Meeting of the APPF on January 2011;

Expressing serious concern about the suspension of the direct negotiations between the Israeli and the Palestinian sides which were once resumed in September 2010;

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 the importance of empowering vulnerable civilians in or emerging from armed conflict through education and training as a means to assist civilians rebuilding their lives and to support the peace process in the area;

Resolves to:

1. Urge both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides to return to the direct negotiations;

2. Urge both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides to commit themselves to the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, the Madrid Principles, the Roadmap, the agreements previously reached by the parties and the Arab Peace Initiative and to fulfill the obligation under them;

3. Urge both Israel and the Palestinian side to halt the use of force and 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; affirm again that establishment of Palestinian state, security for Israel and its border are essential factors of permanent peace; and call upon Israel
and the Palestinian Authority to strive for building a proper environment for establishing a Palestinian state;

6. Confirm that creating a viable Palestinian economy premised on tangible improvement of living standard is necessary for building a Palestinian state, and therefore call upon the international community to support to this end;

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

8. Support the efforts of the international community including the Quartet towards the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and urge the Quartet, other concerned countries and all APPF countries 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 Palestine.



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