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Source: Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
21 August 2005


Statement issued by the general secretariat of the organization of the Islamic conference on the commemoration of solidarity day with Al-quds al-alshareef and Palestine
 

The day of solidarity with AL-Quds Al-Shareef and Palestine comes at a time when the Palestinian people are witnessing the withdrawal of occupation forces and Israeli settlers from an important part of the Palestinian territories. The people of Palestine, together with the Islamic Ummah and all peace-loving peoples of the world expect that this step will be followed by a withdrawal of occupation forces and Israeli settlers from all Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including Al-Quds Al-Shareef. They also look forward to the dismantling of the separation wall and all settlements, the lifting of the blockade imposed on the City of Al-Quds, and the ending of the continuous hostility to and violation of the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and to enabling the Palestinian people move freely in their country and between their country and the rest of the world.
 
Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, realizes the dangers and difficult conditions under which the City of Al-Quds and its people live due to illegal Israeli measures and practices aimed at the Judaization of the holy city and the alteration of its civilisational, historical and demographic features. He also realizes the immense importance of this holy city for all world believers. He, therefore, calls on the international community, particularly the Quartet, to act swiftly and compel Israel to end its hostilities and measures and to respect and implement the international resolutions relevant to the City of Al-Quds.
         
The creation of such a positive atmosphere will afford an opportunity for the resumption of the peace process in accordance with the foundations on which it was based. It will also enable all regional and international powers, particularly the Quartet, to continue their efforts towards implementing the Road Map plan and the establishment of the desired peace in the region.
 
On this day of commemoration, the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference reiterates the firm position of the Islamic Ummah on the preservation of the Arabic and Islamic character of the City of Al-Quds, and calls on all Member States to continue to extend all forms of support and backing for the just struggle of the Palestinian people towards freedom and independence.
 
Jeddah 21 August 2005

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