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OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF
( SESSION OF INTEGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT )
SANA’A, REPUBLIC OF YEMEN
21-23 JUMADA AL-UWLA 1426H
(28-30 JUNE 2005)
1. Reaffirms all the resolutions adopted by the Islamic Conferences and Al-Quds Committee concerning the Cause of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
2. Addresses again its condolences to the Palestinian people for the passing of the late leader P resident Yassir Arafat, and calls for unity around his struggle legacy and the national constants he set. The Conference further commends the capability which the Palestinian people have shown in overcoming their crisis, the smooth transfer of power, and the success of the democratic presidential elections, and congratulates President Mahmud Abbas for his election as President of the Palestinian National Authority.
4. Affirms its full support and backing for the Palestinian people in strengthening their national unity and unifying their internal front; and expresses its support for the Palestinian national dialogue efforts and for its steadfastness in the face of the practices of Israeli occupation authorities.
5. Affirms the necessity of ending the Israeli occupation of the Arab and Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, the occupied Syrian Golan and the other occupied Lebanese territories.
6. Affirms the necessity of reaching a just solution to the Palestinian cause in all its aspects on the basis of international law and legitimacy and the terms of reference agreed upon, embodied in the relevant UN resolutions, the principle of land for peace and the inadmissibility of acquisition of others’ territory by force, the Arab peace initiative and the Roadmap, such as to enable the Palestinian people to achieve their national independence and exercise their sovereignty in their Palestinian State and its capital Al-Quds Al-Sharif.
7. Affirms the illegality of the Israeli laws and practices in East Jerusalem, aimed at annexing, judaizing and changing the demographic make-up of the city. Demands States and international institutions and bodies to abide by international resolutions on the City of Al-Quds as an integral part of the Palestinian and Arab territories occupied in 1967; and calls on them also to not participate in any meeting or activity that serves Israel’s objectives in establishing its occupation and annexation of the Holy City.
8. Reaffirms the necessity of finding a just solution to the problem of Palestinian refugees in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy, particularly UN General Assembly resolution 194 (1948), and reiterates its rejection of all forms of settlement, and emphasizes the United Nations’ responsibility towards the Palestinian cause and the role of the UNRWA in this respect..
9. Reaffirms its commitment to and support for the Arab peace initiative and the Roadmap, and rejects the stands that run counter to the rules of international legitimacy and the terms of reference of the peace process enshrined in the two speeches of the Israeli Prime Minister and the American President, including those stands that attempt to anticipate the outcomes of negotiations on the final settlement issues. Demands all States and international organizations to not recognize or deal with any guarantees or promises undermining the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and rewarding the Israeli occupation which seeks to impose its conditions through the policy of fait accompli.
10. Calls upon the QUARTET to resume serious work in order to achieve just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East in accordance with the Roadmap and the Arab peace initiative, and to affirm that any Israeli withdrawal from Gaza Strip and parts of Northern West Bank should be complete and a step toward full Israeli withdrawal to the line of 1967, under the Roadmap and a first step toward its implementation, which will requires similar steps to be taken all over the West Bank. The Conference emphasizes the Palestinian territorial unity and integrity, including East Jerusalem, rejects any changes in the legal status of only a part of this territory, excludes the option of a State with temporary borders, and tresses , on the other hand, the need to agree on the final form of comprehensive resolution and settlement.
11. Considers the recent understandings reached at Sharm El Sheikh Summit as a first step toward the implementation of the Roadmap that should be followed with other executive steps translating these understandings into faithful and sincere acts on the ground, moving gradually toward rapid implementation of the subsequent phases of the Roadmap, including all negotiation tracks to reach just and comprehensive peace in the region. Invites the international community to compel Israel to implement the commitments and understandings reached without any procrastination or postponement.
12. Invites the UN Security Council to assume its responsibility in maintaining international peace and security by forcing Israel to put an end to its aggression and State terrorism practiced by its government and military institutions embodied in the killing of civilians, assassination, detention, collective punishment, siege and destruction of the Palestinian economy. Calls for the necessity of ensuring release of Palestinian and Arab prisoners and detainees in Israeli occupation prisons.
13. Affirms its condemnation of Israel for continuing to colonize the Palestinian territories through all forms of settlement activity, and requests the UN Security Council to work toward their immediate ending and prohibition and to remove the existing Israeli settlements in accordance with UNSC resolution 465 and the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice. The Conference calls on the UN Security Council also to reinvigorate the International supervisory and Monitoring Committee in order to prevent settlement in al-Quds and the occupied Arab territories in accordance with UNSC resolution 446.
14. Strongly condemns Israel, “the occupying power”, for continuing to build the expansionist wall on Palestinian territories, including the so-called “Jerusalem Envelope” which is aimed at tearing apart al Quds and isolating its population. It stresses the extreme importance of the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice issued in this connection and providing for the need for Israel, the UN Member States and the UN itself to abide by their legal obligations, including the appeal launched by the General Assembly of Switzerland, in its capacity as the State wherewith the Fourth Geneva Convention is deposited, to make the necessary consultations to convene a meeting of the high contracting parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.
15. Demands the international community to counter the construction of the wall and its damaging impacts on the Palestinian people and their land, waters and borders, and the need to stop the construction of the wall and removing the existing parts thereof. It invites all States of the world to impose punitive measures against the bodies and companies contributing to the construction of the wall and against settlers, settlement products and all those making profit of any settlement activity on the occupied Palestinian territories, including al-Quds, in implementation of the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice and the UN General Assembly resolution ES-10/15.
16. Condemns Israel for the excavation works around and beneath the blessed Al Aqsa Mosque and for willfully destroying cultural and heritage sites in Al Quds, Nablus and Al-Khaleel (Hebron), and commends the initiative of the Director General of UNESCO concerning the preservation of the historical heritage of the city of Al Quds. In this regard, resolves to coordinate between the OIC General Secretariat and the UNESCO, and invites the Member States to support this initiative and help implement it.
17. Condemns Israel for plundering, moving and sabotaging cultural assets in numerous Palestinian cultural centers and museums, and demands the international community, the UNESCO and the World Heritage Commission to impose deterrent sanctions on Israel on grounds of the danger it constitutes to the treasures of world heritage, and to act toward the return of these plundered assets to Palestinian museums and cultural centers.
18. Calls for strengthened cooperation and coordination with international and regional organizations concerning the cause of al-Quds al-Sharif and Palestine, and requests the General Secretariat to organize joint activities with these organizations to support the Palestinian’s rights.
19. Strongly condemns the continuous threats against Islamic and Christian holy places, particularly the threats to break into and damage the blessed Al Aqsa Mosque; and holds Israel, as the “occupying power”, fully responsible for the consequences of these aggressions, particularly as they happen under the guise and protection of Israeli occupation forces. It condemns terrorism exercised by settler gangs against Palestinian civilians and peace activists.
20. Reaffirms the previous resolutions of the Islamic conferences supporting the city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and consolidating the steadfastness of its people, and calls upon the Member States to support Bait Mal Al-Quds and Al-Quds Fund in order to enable them to perform their missions in safeguarding the Arab, Islamic and civilizational character of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and strengthening the steadfastness of its people in countering the Israeli attempts to judaize the Holy City.
21. Commends the efforts put in by the Islamic Development Bank both in managing the Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds Funds, and through financing the building, equipment and rehabilitation of health and educational facilities, as well as in consoling of affected families, the injured and victims of abuse, and alleviation of their suffering.
22. Invites the Member States that have not yet joined the two funds to do so, and urges volunteering institutions to utilize the technical capacities and the contracting and disbursement mechanisms provided by the IDB in order to finance programmes and projects that meet the priority needs of the Palestinian people according to the best professional standards and practices.
23. Entrusts the General Secretariat and the Islamic Development Bank to make consultations to mobilize resources in order to support the Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds funds from the rest of OIC Member States, and to issue appropriate resolutions to increase the Funds’ resources and contributions.
24. Affirms its firm support and backing for the Syrian Arab Republic’s demand and right to restore the totality of the occupied Syrian Arab Golan to the line of 4 June 1967, on the basis of the peace process and the resolutions of international legitimacy, building on what has been accomplished in post-1991 Madrid Conference negotiations. It reaffirms the previous Islamic resolutions which reject all the actions taken by the Israeli occupation authorities aimed at changing the legal, natural and demographic status of the occupied Syrian Arab Golan, considering these actions null and void and a violation to international agreements and to UN Charter and resolutions.
25. Emphasizes that the continued occupation of the Syrian Arab Golan constitutes a permanent threat to peace and security in the region and the world, and strongly condemns the Israeli practices of building and expanding settlements. It urges the international community to hold to the resolutions of international legitimacy, and renews its support and backing for the steadfastness of the Arab citizens in the occupied Arab Syrian Golan in countering occupation and its oppressive practices, as well as their determination to hold fast to their land and Syrian Arab identity.
26. Reaffirms its support for Lebanon in its efforts to complete the liberation of all its territories up to the internationally recognized borders, and in its demands to release Lebanese prisoners and detainees in Israeli prisons. Also demands the UN Security Council to act toward preventing the repeated Israeli violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty in land, air and sea, and to force Israel to pay damages for all the losses sustained by the Lebanese territories as a result of its continuous aggressions against Lebanon. It supports Lebanon in its demands for the removal of the mines left behind by the Israeli occupation, as Israel is responsible for laying and removing these mines, and for the need to hand over full mine location maps. It also supports the inalienable rights of Lebanon to utilize its waters in accordance with the international law, condemns Israel’s designs on these waters, and holds Israel responsible for any action that would infringe upon Lebanon’s sovereignty, political independence, safety of its people and integrity of its territories.
27. Demands the international community and the UN Security Council to compel Israel to comply with U.N. resolutions, especially Security Council resolution 487 of 1981, to join the Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty, implement the resolutions of the General Assembly and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) calling for subjecting all Israeli nuclear installations to the Agency’s comprehensive safeguards system. Emphasizes the necessity for Israel to declare rejection of nuclear armament and to submit to the UN Security Council and the IAEA a factual statement on its capabilities and stockpile of nuclear weapons and substances, given the fact that those are imperative steps toward making the Middle East a WMD-free area, particularly of nuclear weapons, which is essential to the establishment of a comprehensive and just peace in the region.
28. Requests the Secretary-General to follow up on the implementation of the present resolution and to report thereon to the 33 rd Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.
1. Confirms the position of the member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, also in their capacity as high contracting parties to the Geneva Conventions, that the time is not ripe for convening a Diplomatic Conference concerning draft Third Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the adoption of an additional distinctive emblem;
2. Confirms further , the absolute necessity by the members of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, to fully respect and comply with the provisions of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, under all circumstances;
3. Requests the Chairman of the 32nd Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Sana’a, Yemen on 28-30 of June 2005, to convey this resolution to Switzerland in its capacity as the depositary country of the Geneva Conventions.
2. Invite those Member States that have not yet set up regional offices for the Boycott of Israel in their countries, to do so and to designate directors for such offices as well as their liaison officers.
3. Adopt the recommendations issued by the Eighth Conference of the Liaison Officers of the Islamic regional offices for the Boycott of Israel, which was held at the OIC General Secretariat’s headquarters in Jeddah on 4-6 Safar 1426H (14-16 March 2005).
4. Pay tribute to the existing cooperation between the Arab and Islamic offices for the Boycott of Israel, for the purpose of achieving greatest efficacy in the implementation of the provisions of the boycott against Israel in the Islamic states.
5. Request the Secretary General to follow up the implementation of the present resolution and to report thereon to the 33 rd Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.
Note : Pursuant to resolution 13/31-P on the review and rationalization of agenda items and resolutions of OIC, all resolutions previously adopted by the Conference of Foreign Ministers are considered to be in force and are not listed on a regular basis.