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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)
30 September 1991



September 1991


Volume XIV, Bulletin No. 9



Contents


Page
I.
    EXCERPT FROM FINAL COMMUNIQUE OF THE TWENTIETH ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF FOREIGN MINISTERS, HELD AT ISTANBUL FROM 4 TO 8 SEPTEMBER 1991
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II.
    EXCERPT FROM STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE MINISTERS FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE FIVE PERMANENT MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL FOLLOWING A MEETING WITH THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
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III.
    GERMANY INCREASES CONTRIBUTION TO UNRWA
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IV.
    COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
    CONSIDERS PERIODIC REPORTS OF ISRAEL
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V.
    NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION
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I. EXCERPT FROM FINAL COMMUNIQUE OF THE TWENTIETH
ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF FOREIGN MINISTERS, HELD AT
ISTANBUL FROM 4 TO 8 SEPTEMBER 1991


"The Conference affirmed its active solidarity and total support for the just struggle of the valiant Palestinian people. It saluted with great pride the heroic steadfastness and immense sacrifices of the Palestinian people, the continuation and escalation of their blessed intifadah against the repressive practices of the Israeli forces of occupation, and their valiant resistance to its brutal and barbaric methods. It called on Member States to extend all forms of political and economic support to the Palestinian people.

"The Conference strongly condemned the continuation of the policy of establishment of settlements and expansionism of the Israeli Government, and its expulsion of Arab citizens in violation of fundamental human rights and all international treaties and covenants, considering that the establishment of settlements in the occupied territories constitute a major obstacle in the way of the international efforts being exerted to bring about a just and comprehensive peace in the region.

"The Conference called on the international community to promptly provide urgent international protection to the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation, to force Israel as the occupying and aggressor State to implement all articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war.

"The Conference also urged the United Nations Secretary-General to call a meeting of the States signatories to the Fourth Geneva Convention to promptly take the necessary measures in order to force Israel to comply with the clauses of the said Convention in keeping with its international obligations.

"The Conference expressed its deep concern at the persistent implementation of the scheme of transferring Soviet, Falasha, and other Jews to Israel and settling them extensively in the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories including Al-Quds Al-Sharif and occupied Syrian Golan, which will pave the way for world zionism to carry out its colonialist design aimed at establishing the so-called "Greater Israel" which constitutes an immense danger to the historical rights of the Palestinian people and threatens the security of Arab and Islamic States. It also called upon the Security Council to set up an international observer force to supervise and monitor the non-settlement in the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories including Al-Quds Al-Sharif and occupied Syrian Golan and reaffirmed the right of the Palestinian people to return to their occupied territory and homeland, a right that the United Nations General Assembly acknowledged in its resolution 194 (III).

"The Conference, in this regard, appealed to the Governments of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United States of America, and the friendly countries concerned, to desist from according facilities, assistance and loans to Israel, until it complies with and implements the resolutions of international legitimacy regarding the settlement of the Palestine question and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

"The Conference emphasized that the Palestinian question is the prime cause of all Muslims and the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It supported all the efforts being exerted to realize a just and comprehensive peace in the region of the Middle East, based on the resolutions of international legitimacy and called for the speedy convening of the International Conference on Peace in the Middle East under the auspices of the United Nations, with the participation of the permanent member States of the Security Council as well as all concerned parties including the PLO, on an equal footing with other parties, in accordance with all relevant United Nations resolutions including resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) of the United Nations Security Council so as to guarantee the total Israeli withdrawal from all the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories and the exercise of the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people, including their rights to return and to self-determination and their right to establish their own independent State on national soil with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

"The Conference reaffirmed that the Palestine Liberation Organization is the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and that it alone has full right to represent them in all conferences and activities relating to the Palestine question and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

"The Conference expressed its deep concern at the agreements concluded between the United States and Israel regarding strategic cooperation between them, which provides for stockpiling United States weapons in Israel, which will encourage its policy of annexation and settlement to the detriment of the Arab territories. It reiterated its condemnation of Israel for its continuing refusal to implement the resolutions of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency calling for submission of its nuclear facilities to international control and inspection.

"The Conference urged the Member States to continue their efforts to oppose current attempts at rescinding the General Assembly resolution 3379 (XXX) of 1975 which considers zionism as a form of racism.

"The Conference strongly condemned Israel for its refusal to abide by United Nations Security Council resolution 497 (1981) and forcefully applying its guardianship, laws and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan as well as for its annexationist policy and practices for implanting settlements, for seizing land. It considered all the foregoing measures null and void and viewed them as a violation of the principles and norms of international law relating to occupation and war, in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.

"The Conference declared the Islamic Ummah's commitment to liberate the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, first Kibla and Third Holy Shrine and reaffirmed that Al-Quds Al-Sharif is part of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 and is the capital of the Palestinian State and reiterated its commitment to strengthen Islamic solidarity for liberation of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and to preserve the Arab Islamic character of the holy city.

"The Conference expressed its strong condemnation of Israel for its plans of settlements particularly in Al-Quds Al-Sharif. It reaffirmed that all the measures taken to annex Al-Quds Al-Sharif and impose Israeli laws on its Arab Palestinian inhabitants are null and void and called on the international community to condemn the continuing criminal acts against Al-Aqsa mosque and other Islamic and Christian Holy Places, and to force it to comply with all international resolutions, the latest of which are Security Council resolutions 672 (1990) and 681 (1990) which provide for the sending of a Committee by the United Nations Secretary-General to investigate the situation in Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and provide the necessary protection to the Palestinian people and the Holy Places.

"The Conference called on all States of the world to refuse to locate their Embassies and Missions in the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, thus expressing their non-recognition of the annexation by Israel of this Holy City.

"The Conference expressed its appreciation of the efforts made by Al-Quds Committee under the chairmanship of His Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco, and took note of all the recommendations made by the Committee at its thirteenth session in Rabat on l5 October 1990. The Conference called for the convening of an Islamic-Christian meeting in coordination with the Vatican and with the participation of other, eastern churches with a view to preserving the identity of that holy city and to preserve its religious and historic character.

"The Conference expressed its appreciation to the United Nations, the League of Arab States, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization of African Unity, the European Economic Community, and the Vatican for their constant support for the cause of Palestine, of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people.

"The Conference, once again, affirmed the importance of the vital role played by Al-Quds Fund and its Waqf for the support of the struggle and jihad of the Palestinian people and their valiant intifadah inside their occupied homeland and particularly the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif; called on Member States to commit themselves to covering the Fund's approved budget and collecting donations for the Fund and its Waqf." (see A/46/486-S/23055)


At the Conference, the following resolutions relative to Palestine were adopted:

"Resolution No. 1/20-P on the Palestine Cause and the
Arab-Israeli Conflict




"Resolution No. 3/20-P on the Blessed Intifadah
of the Palestinian People




"Resolution No. 4/20-P on the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif




"Resolution No. 5/20-P on Al-Quds Fund and its Waqf


II. EXCERPT FROM STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE MINISTERS FOR FOREIGN
AFFAIRS OF THE FIVE PERMANENT MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL
FOLLOWING A MEETING WITH THE SECRETARY-GENERAL


On 27 September 1991, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the five permanent members of the Security Council issued a statement containing the following paragraph:




III. GERMANY INCREASES CONTRIBUTION TO UNRWA


The following press release was issued by UNRWA on 24 September 1991: (see PAL/1768)





IV. COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
CONSIDERS PERIODIC REPORTS OF ISRAEL


At its fortieth session, held in August 1991, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination considered the fifth and sixth periodic reports of Israel under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The Committee has taken the view that, in accordance with article 3 of the Convention, Israel's reports used to encompass the entire population under the jurisdiction of the Government of Israel. Accordingly, information has been requested on the conditions prevailing in the occupied Palestinian territories.

In its concluding observations on its consideration of Israel's reports, the Committee stated the following with regard to the occupied territories:




V. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION


In the course of September, the following information was received by the Division for Palestinian Rights:

1. Women for Women Political Prisoners-Jerusalem: ad hoc publication concerning the plight of female prisoners, available from: P.O. Box 8537, Jerusalem 91083.

2. ASA NEWS, publication of Asian Students' Association. Available from: 5ll, Nathan Road l/F, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

3. ICCP Newsletter No. 36, available from: the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine, l50, route de Ferney, Case postale 2100, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland.

4. Issues, publication of the Arab American Institute. Available from: 918, 16th Street, N.W., Suite 601, Washington, D.C., United States of America.

5. AJME News, journal of Americans for Justice in the Middle East. Available from: P.O. Box 113-5581, Beirut, Lebanon.

6. Une Terre Deux Peuples, publication of the Association pour l'union entre les peuples juif et palestinien. Available from: Case postale 43, 1247 Anières, Geneva, Switzerland.

7. New Zealand/Aotearoa Palestine Review, available from: P.O. Box 29-168, Christchurch, New Zealand.

8. Middle East International, bi-weekly publication, available from: P.O. Box 53365, Temple Heights Station, Washington, D.C., 20009, United States of America.

9. News from Within, independent newsletter, available from: Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 24278, Jerusalem.

10. TANMIYA, quarterly newsletter issued by the Welfare Association concerning developments in the fields of Palestinian education, health, economic affairs and culture. Available from: 7, Av. Pictet-de-Rochemont, P.O. Box 602, CH-1211, Geneva 6, Switzerland.

11. Jerusalem, publication of the Palestine Committee for NGOs. Available from: B.P. 554, Tunis Cedex 1080, Tunis, Tunisia.

12. Israel and Palestine Political Report, available from: Magelan, 5 rue Cardinal Mercier 75009, Paris, France.

13. Solidarité Palestine, bi-monthly publication of the Franco-Palestinian Medical Association. Available from: 14, rue de Nanteuil, 75015, Paris, France.

14. Derechos Humanos, publication of the Asociación por Derechos Humanos de España, available from: José Ortega y Gasset, 77, 2, 28006 Madrid, Spain.

15. Afro-Asian Solidarity, publication available from: 89 Abdel Aziz Al-Seoud Street, 11451-61 Marial El-Roda, Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt.


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