Palestinians welcome pro-Palestine resolutions by AL summit

Source: Xinhua| 2018-04-16 23:09:00|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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RAMALLAH, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian officials welcomed on Monday the pro-Palestine resolutions of the Arab League (AL) Summit which kicked off Sunday in Saudi Arabia.

"The Arab leaders have accepted all the resolutions adopted by Arab foreign ministers on the Palestinian issue without reservation nor amendment," Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said.

In a statement to Palestinian official radio Voice of Palestine, Malki underlined the importance of the decisions made by the Arab nations in support of Palestinian people and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

According to the summit's concluding announcement, the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the "core issue" concerned by the entire Arab world, which firmly insists the fact that East Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine.

The AL strongly opposes the U.S. administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, calling all the countries not to follow the U.S. measures to harm Arab states' sovereignty.

UN resolutions shall be the only norms in negotiating the conflict, and Israel's unilateral actions could only tamper the facts and hamper the peace process, it said.

The Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat, who is also a member of the Palestinian delegation to the Arab League summit, said that Arab Ministerial Committee would continue its effort to discourage Guatemala and Honduras from recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In the same context, member of the PLO Executive Committee, Ahmed Majdalani, said the most significant outcome of the Arab League summit was blocking the way for the U.S. administration to liquidate the Palestinian cause through terminating the issues of Jerusalem and refugees.

Majdalani told Xinhua that the position adopted by Saudi Arabia to support Jerusalem and strengthen its steadfastness would push other Arab parties to follow this approach.

"We have an opportunity to make Palestinian President Abbas's vision for peace a reality by launching an international multilateral conference and mobilize support for recognizing a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders in addition to getting a permanent UN membership," Majdalani added.

Meanwhile, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) also welcomed the resolutions adopted by the summit, calling for setting up Arab plans, programs and mechanisms to safeguard the city of Jerusalem from Judaization attempts and annexation.

"This has importantly proved that the Arabs reject the U.S. peace plan, known as the deal of the century," said Hani Habib, a Gaza-based political analyst.

Habib added that the official Arab decisions must be turned into actions on the ground, especially after the Palestinian cause had lost its place as a top priority for the Arab countries in recent years.