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Source: European Parliament
13 March 1997
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
1997-1998 SESSION
EXTRACT
OF THE MINUTES
OF THE MEETING OF

13 MARCH 1997
IN THE CHAIR : Nicole FONTAINE, Vice-President


Israel and building authorizations in Jerusalem

B4-0198, 0219, 0224, 0233, 0248 and 0264/97

Resolution on Israel's policy of new settlement and the peace process in the Middle East

The European Parliament,

- having regard to its previous resolutions on the situation in the Middle East and in particular its resolution of 14 November 1996(1),

- having regard to the Council Declarations of 1 October 1996 and 27 February 1997,

- having regard to UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338,

A. concerned by the decision of the Israeli government to build a new Jewish neighbourhood in Jabal Abu Ghneim in Arab East Jerusalem and by the announcement of the Israeli Housing Ministry of its plan to sell plots of land in 1997 for new Jewish settlements on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip,

B. whereas that decision constitutes a violation of UN Resolution 242,

C. whereas that decision forms part of the resumption of the Israeli policy of colonizing the Occupied Territories of Gaza and the West Bank,

D. recalling that the ultimate status of Jerusalem will have to be discussed during the third phase of negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and that all parties must therefore refrain from any act designed to modify their positions in East Jerusalem,

1. Deplores the decision by the Israeli Government to approve construction plans for the Har/Homa Ghneim area, because such action is bound to have a negative impact on the peace negotiations, and calls for the immediate stop of the Har Homa project;

2. Calls upon Israel and the Palestinian Authority to adhere strictly to the principles and agreements which both agreed to, with a view to reaching the permanent status negotiations, and to refrain from actions, declarations and practices that may have a negative impact on these negotiations;

3. Espouses the declaration made by the Council Presidency and consequently urges the Council to act accordingly and to cooperate with all the signatories to the Oslo Agreements in order to guarantee the effective resumption of the peace process;

4. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Israeli Government, the Palestinian Authority, the UN Secretary-General and to the Governments of the United States and Russia.

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(1) OJ C 362, 2.12.1996, p. 255.



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