Arab Summit issues Doha Declaration

WAM Doha, Mar 27th, 2013 (WAM) — The 24th Arab League Summit released Tuesday its Doha Declaration, which was read by the Deputy Arab-League Secretary-General Ahmed Ben Helli.

Qatar News Agency (QNA) said that the statement welcomed the initiative made by H.H. the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to establish a fund to support Al Quds worth one billion dollars to finance projects that conserve the Arab and Islamic identity of Jerusalem and aid the Palestinian people in facing the policies of the Israeli occupation.

The council also welcomed the State of Qatar’s contribution with a quarter of that sum. The Arab League called on the international community to work immediately on achieving fair peace that guarantees Israeli withdrawal from All Palestinian land as well as Arab land in Golan Heights. They also called for establishing an independent Palestinian state based on the borders of 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital. They demanded that the United Nations Security Council takes all the necessary measures. The Council also expressed their rejection of having Israel declare itself a Jewish state. They also condemned illegal Israeli settlement activity taking place on Palestinian land including East Jerusalem, the council accused Israel of trying to change the demographic in those areas. They said that the settlement activities were in clear violation of Security Council resolutions no. 465 of 1980 and 497 of 1981.

The council also greeted the Palestinian people for their resistance of Israeli occupation policies. The council also expressed its support to the resistance in Gaza strip and voiced their solidarity with Palestinian prisoners going on hunger strikes in Israeli jails.

The declaration appealed to the Palestinian leadership, all factions and national forces to restore national unity in order to maintain the gains of the Palestinian people and to continue to resist Israeli occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state with sovereignty and its capital in East Jerusalem. The declaration called for the implementation of the Cairo Agreement signed in May 4, 2011, and the Doha Declaration issued on 6 February 2012. The declaration extended thanks to the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Qatar for their tireless efforts to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation, and call on them to continue their efforts in order to achieve the higher interests of the Palestinian people.

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