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Source: Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA)
13 October 2008



EURO-MEDITERRANEAN
PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY


Dead Sea, 13 October 2008
DECLARATION
ON THE PEACE PROCESS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

FOR THE ATTENTION OF THE

BARCELONA PROCESS: UNION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN
CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS,

MARSEILLE 3-4 NOVEMBER 2008

The Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA), meeting in extraordinary plenary session at the Dead Sea, in Jordan, on 12 and 13 October 2008, considers that the fact that the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean was attended by the most senior political authorities in the States concerned by, and involved in, the Middle East peace process demonstrates their shared goal of creating an area of peace, prosperity and mutual understanding; with that aim in view, our Assembly provides a unique forum for open and permanent dialogue between the elected representatives of the peoples on whom it is incumbent to establish peace in the region,

The EMPA unconditionally endorses action to mobilise the international community's political and economic support for the negotiation process launched at Annapolis and encourages all the States and international organisations bound by the commitments made at the Follow-up Conferences in Paris (17 December 2007), Bethlehem (24 May 2008) and Berlin (24 June 2008); urges the donors’ community to closely coordinate their actions and to persevere in their efforts and fulfil their pledges to support the strengthening of the Palestinian Authority's institutional and budgetary capacities with a view to supporting the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian State within the 1967 borders living side by side with the State of Israel in peace and security,

The EMPA recalls the reference documents to achieve this end: the relevant United Nations resolutions, the terms of reference and principles of the Madrid conference, including “land for peace”, the Roadmap, the agreements previously concluded by the parties and the Arab peace initiative,

The EMPA calls on the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean Conference of Foreign Ministers, whose members account for over 60% of the promised contributions and, in many cases, play a mediating role, to continue to require strict compliance with the conditions on which the success of their (political, financial and material) commitment depends, by continuing to insist on respect for international law including the Convention on the Rights of the Child and international humanitarian law, and by systematically condemning any actions which imperil the security, dignity and physical integrity of the Israeli and Palestinian civilian population,

The EMPA

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