OIC Press Release
|25 November 1999|
On November 29, every year, the international community observes the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, in accordance with United Nations General Assembly resolution no. 32/40 of 1977 which coincides with the date of the Assembly’s earlier resolution no. 181 of November 29, 1947, expressing the international community’s commitment to support the Palestinian people’s just struggle to regain their legitimate and inalienable national rights.
This year’s commemoration comes at a time when the Palestinian people are ushering in a new phase of their national struggle after the start of the withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from Palestinian cities and villages on the West Bank, the opening of a safe passage between Gaza and the West Bank and the freeing of a number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, in compliance with the Sharm Al-Sheikh Agreement.
The Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) calls for action to halt all Israeli inhuman measures and practices in the city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif that run counter to all international laws and conventions. He also urges the international community to act for preservation of the civilizational, historical and cultural landmarks of the Holy City. The Secretary General calls for an immediate end to the establishment and expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories which may dynamite the peace process, lead to tension and mistrust, while, at the same time, constituting a blatant violation of the principles that underlie the peace process and of the international laws, conventions and resolutions according to which such settlements are unlawful, illegal and have to be removed.
The OIC Secretary-General, proceeding from his keenness on establishing a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East, calls for the combination and intensification of international efforts to advance the Middle East peace process on all tracks and for action to be taken towards the resumption of negotiations on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks from where they had stopped in February, 1996, resting on the results achieved at that time and the foundations that had served as a springboard in Madrid.
The OIC Secretary-General avails himself of this opportunity to exhort the international community to lend more backing and support to the Palestinian people and their National Authority to enable them build their institutions and recover their inalienable national rights, including their right to return, to self-determination and establish their own future and set up their own, independent Palestinian state on their national soil with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.