Letter dated 11 February 2013 from the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
I have the pleasure to write to you today, in Egypt’s capacity as the Chair of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit, enclosing herewith the text of the outcome documents of the twelfth session of the OIC Summit, held in Cairo from 2 to 7 February 2013, which are as follows:
In this regard, I kindly request that the present letter and the annexes thereto be circulated as a document of the sixty-seventh session of the General Assembly, under agenda items 9, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 33, 36, 37, 38, 39, 43, 47, 53, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 80, 83, 85, 90, 94, 97, 104, 105, 112, 113, 121, 123, 125 and 128, and of the Security Council.
(Signed) Mootaz Ahmadein Khalil
Annex I to the letter dated 11 February 2013 from the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
CAIRO FINAL COMMUNIQUÉ
OF THE TWELFTH SESSION OF
THE ISLAMIC SUMMIT CONFERENCE
(SESSION OF NEW CHALLENGES AND EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES)
CAIRO-ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
(6-7 FEBRUARY 2013)
25-26 RABI' AL-AWWAL 1434H
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate
1- We, the Heads of State and Government of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, met in Cairo, Egypt, on 6 and 7 February 2013, 25-26 Rabi' Al-Awwal 1434H for the Twelfth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference upon the kind invitation of H.E Dr. Mohamed Morsy, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, to jointly review the international situation in the political, economic and social fields with the aim of analyzing the impact on the Muslim Ummah under the overall theme "The Muslim World: New Challenges & Expanding Opportunities".
2- We are witnessing positive developments in a number of countries; however, new challenges may have adverse effects if not addressed. Some of these effects are the result of current trends in the world at large and some have regional basis. The full implications of these trends remain uncertain, but there is a growing realization that greater attention needs to be focused on new challenges facing the Muslim World with a view to maximizing benefits and minimizing risks.
3- We reviewed the reports and recommendations submitted to us, and discussed a number of important issues on the agenda relating to the circumstances that the Muslim World is experiencing and which require wise and careful consideration so that they can be addressed and remedied in a manner conducive to the promotion of Islamic solidarity.
We declare the following:
In the Political Field
4- We reaffirm the centrality of the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif to the Muslim Ummah as a whole and the need for the latter to use all its powers and legitimate ways and means to defend the inviolability of the Islamic and Christian holy places. We reiterate our strong condemnation of Israel, the occupying power, for its ongoing and escalating aggression against the Islamic and Christian holy places in Al-Quds Al-Sharif. We warn against these aggressions, the Judaisation of Al-Quds by erasing its Arab and Islamic identity and flouting the position of the city of Al-Quds for the Muslim Ummah. We reaffirm that, according to the relevant international resolutions, Al-Quds
Al-Sharif is an indivisible part of the State of Palestine’s territory occupied by Israel in 1967.
5- We welcome the UN General Assembly’s adoption of resolution 19/67 on 29 November 2012 upgrading the status of Palestine in the United Nations to Observer State. We commend the support given to the resolution by the majority of world States as an important step toward readdressing the historical injustice inflicted upon the Palestinian people for many decades, which is likely to shore up the efforts to incarnate the sovereignty of the State of Palestine over the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including the city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and all the Islamic and Christian holy places. Thereupon, the Conference condemned Israel, the occupying power, for its response of unbridled hostility, aggression and intransigence to this legitimate, peaceful, political and multi-laterally adopted resolution.
6- We condemn the barbaric Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip in November 2012 and the occupying power’s continuation to inflict collective punishment on the Palestinian people, particularly the illegal and inhumane blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip, which has a serious impact on the humanitarian situation and living conditions of its population. We demand that Israel stops immediately the illegal collective punishment of the Palestinian people and to lift fully the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip. We call for an urgent action to move ahead in the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip after the colossal damage caused by the abhorrent Israeli military aggression of December 2008 and January 2009, as well as the aggression of November 2012. In this context, we demand once again that serious follow-up measures be taken to ensure accountability and justice for the crimes perpetrated by Israel, the occupying power, against the unarmed Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and provide protection for the Palestinian people.
7- We emphasize that just, peaceful and comprehensive settlement of the conflict in the Middle East must be based on the provisions of the international law and the UN Security Council resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), 1850 (2009) and relevant UN General Assembly Resolutions including 19/67 (2012), as well as on the terms of reference of the Madrid Peace Conference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative adopted by the Arab Summit in Beirut on 28 March 2002 and the Quartet’s Roadmap, so as to achieve the two-state solution, to enable the Palestinian people to exercise their inalienable rights, including their right to self-determination in their independent and sovereign Palestinian State on the basis of pre-1967 border with Al-Quds Al- Sharif as its capital, and to reach a just solution that guarantees the return of Palestinian refugees in accordance with the UN General Assembly resolution 194 (III) of 11 December 1948.
8- We call upon all OIC Member States to engage with the Palestinian cause and the question of Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the primary issues on which Member States must adopt a unified stand at the international fora. We task the OIC and its institutions to adopt appropriate measures in this regard in order to ensure realization of OIC’s common positions in international organizations in order to protect the interest of the Muslim World.
9- We call on Member States to establish an Islamic Financial Safety Net to assist Palestine, and we mandate the OIC General Secretariat to take practical measures to follow up its implementation.
10- We commend OIC Member States for their support for the Palestinian People, and in particular Saudi Arabia’s financial assistance in the amount of US$100 million in support of Palestine's budget to enable it meet its commitments to the Palestinian People, support their resilience, and meet the responsibilities in implementation of the resolutions of the Arab Summits in addition to its monthly contribution of US$20 million in conformity with the Arab financial safety net adopted at the Council of the Arab League.
11- We call upon the OIC Member States, the General Secretariat and the IDB to promptly hold a donor conference, in cooperation with the donor states around the world and the relevant international institutions and in coordination with the State of Palestine, in order to finance the Strategic Sector Plan for the Development of the City of Al Quds adopted by the 4th Extraordinary Islamic Summit held in Makkah Al-Mukarramah in August 2012.
12- We hence condemn strongly Israel’s continuous building of the Apartheid Wall around the city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and the subsequent confiscation of thousands of dunums owned by Palestinian citizens, altering the contiguity of the West Bank and isolating Palestinian villages from each other. We also condemn Israel’s failure to abide by the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued on 9 July 2004 concerning the separation wall as well as its failure to comply with UN General Assembly resolution 15/10 adopted on 20 July 2004. We call upon all States and relevant international organizations to work towards compelling Israel to remove the Apartheid Wall, lift the blockade imposed on the holy city, and refrain from demolishing homes, retracting Palestinian citizens’ identity documents and emptying the city of Al Quds Al Sharif from its Arab citizens after seizing their homes, particularly in Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods.
13- We underscore the need for the Israeli credentials submitted to the United Nations not to include the territory occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem.
14- We reiterate our call upon States, entities and international organizations to abide by the international resolutions on the city of Al-Quds as an indivisible part of the Palestinian and Arab territories occupied in 1967. We call upon them not to participate in any meetings or activities that are likely to serve Israel’s objectives of tightening its grip over the occupied city and annexing it. We also call upon States, entities and international organizations to bring their pressure to bear on Israel to reopen the institutions of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Al-Quds.
15- We stress the need to implement UN Security Council resolution 237 on the return of Palestinian displaced persons and UN General Assembly resolution 194 on the return of the Palestinian refugees to their land and properties as two crucial foundations for any comprehensive and just settlement.
16- We call on all Palestinian parties to join forces under the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and in this regard, invite all Palestinian factions to respond promptly to the calls of President Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, for holding general elections as soon as possible, and enabling the Palestinian Elections Commission to do its work in all Palestinian cities, being the shortest way to achieve Palestinian reconciliation and we highly appreciate the role of the Arab Republic of Egypt to realize it. We highlight the current opportunity conducive to reaching the Palestinian reconciliation and its significance in unifying Palestinian structures so as to encompass all factions in line with the preparation process for the new legislative elections in the occupied Palestinian, including Al-Quds Ash-Sharif.
17- We call on the UN Security Council and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to take necessary measures to ensure the respect by Israel, the occupying power, of international law and cease all unlawful and illegal actions in the occupied Palestinian territory including in and around Al-Quds city, including its attempts to destroy Palestinian natural and cultural heritage in the south western part of the City. We strongly condemn the persistence of the Israeli archaeological excavations and works in the Old City of Jerusalem and the failure by Israel to provide the World Heritage Centre with adequate and comprehensive information about its archeological activities thereon.
18- We encourage Member States which have not yet done so to join the Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Funds and to contribute financially to them in conformity with the provisions of the resolution 6-39 adopted by the 39th Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
19- We commend the efforts of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, for protecting Islamic holy sites in Al-Quds Al-Sharif and confronting the measures taken by the Israeli authorities to Judaize the city of Al-Quds. We look forward to the holding of the 20th Session of the Al-Quds Committee soon, under the chairmanship of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. We also appreciate the tangible role played by the Bayt Mal Al-Quds Al-Sharif Agency established by the Al-Quds Committee through the accomplishment of developmental projects and activities for the inhabitants of the Holy City and in supporting of their resilience, and we call on Member States to increase support for the Agency to enable to enable the Agency to continue its work.
20- We affirm our support for the continued efforts of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in preserving the city of Al-Quds Sharif and supporting the steadfastness of its Arab citizens in the face of Israeli attempts to obliterate the identity of the city, change its Arab, Islamic and Christian character and depopulate it of its indigenous population, and we commend his efforts to reconstruct Islamic and Christian places in the city, in particular the restoration of the Saladin historical pulpit, the maintenance of the Dome of the Rock, the renovation of the Islamic museum, and the preservation of Islamic and Christian Waqfs in Al-Quds Al-Sharif.
21- We reaffirm our support for Lebanon to fully liberate all its territories from Israeli occupation through all legitimate means; we stress that Israel must withdraw from the Shebaa Farms, Tilal Kafr Shouba Hills and the Lebanese part of Al-Ghajar village. We call for the full implementation of resolution 1701 (2006) and strongly condemn Israel’s continued violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty by land, sea and air including the spy networks planted in Lebanon. We express our support for Lebanon’s right to benefit from its petroleum and gas resources in its exclusive economic zone. We underscore the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their home-land and reject any form of resettling them. We commend the “BABDA” declaration issued by the National Dialogue Commission on 11 June 2011 including the part related to the national constants.
22- We strongly condemn Israel’s policy refusing to comply with Security Council Resolution 497 (1981) concerning the occupied Syrian Golan and Israel’s policies of annexation and building of colonial settlements, confiscation of land, diversion of water sources, and imposition of Israeli nationality upon Syrian citizens. We also demand that Israel completely withdraws from the occupied Syrian Golan to the June 4th 1967 border pursuant to Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), the principle of land for peace, the terms of reference of the Madrid Peace Conference and the Arab Peace Initiative, adopted by the Arab Summit held in Beirut on 28 March 2002.
23- We reaffirm the need to compel Israel to comply immediately with the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilians in Time of War which was adopted on 12 August 1949 and to apply those provisions to the Syrian detainees in the occupied Syrian Golan. We also demand that Israel releases all Syrian detainees who are citizens of the occupied Syrian Golan some of whom have remained in detention for more than 25 years.
Annex II to the letter dated 11 February 2013 from the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
Resolution on the Cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif
Adopted by the
Twelfth Islamic Summit
Cairo, Republic of Egypt, 6-7 February 2013
Having considered the Report of the Secretary-General on the Cause of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Document No. OIC/SUM-12/SG-REP),
Reaffirming the principles and objectives enshrined in the Charter of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),
Reaffirming also the resolutions adopted by ordinary and extraordinary sessions of the Islamic Summit and by OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the Cause of Palestine, including the cause of the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict,
Recalling all relevant resolutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council, particularly resolutions 242 (1967), 252 (1968), 338 (1973), 425 (1978), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 681 (1990), 1073 (1996), 1397 (2002), 1435 (2002), and 1515 (2003), as well as General Assembly resolution 194 (1948) on the Palestine refugees and the resolutions of the 10th Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly on illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory,
Recalling also the landmark Advisory Opinion rendered by the International Court of Justice on 9 July 2004 on the “Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall on the Occupied Palestinian Territory” as well as General Assembly resolutions ES-10/15 of 20 July 2004 and ES-10/17 of 15 December 2006,
Bearing in mind the relevant resolutions of the Human Rights Council regarding Israeli violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and other occupied Arab territories, as well as the resolutions issued by the Non-Aligned Movement, the African Union and the League of Arab States,
Reiterating the decisions of the Executive Committee in its Expanded Extraordinary Meetings of 6 June 2010 on the Israeli aggression against the Freedom Flotilla, of 1 November 2009 on the Israeli aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, of 3 January 2009 on the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, and of 3 February 2008 on the new developments in Palestine,
Recalling General Assembly resolution 58/292 of 6 May 2004 on the Status of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and affirming the need to preserve the territorial unity, contiguity and integrity of the entire Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,
Welcoming the adoption of General Assembly resolution 67/19, on 29 November 2012, granting nonmember observer State status to Palestine at the United Nations, and the overwhelming reaffirmation of the international community’s commitment to the two-State solution based on the pre-1967 borders and relevant United Nations resolutions, and stressing the significance of this achievement in the just struggle of the Palestinian people to restore their rights and achieve the independence of their State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital,
Condemning Israel’s illegal policies and practices and expansionist plans , foremost settlement activities, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which constitutes the State of Palestine, and reiterating that such policies and practices endanger international peace and security, are denigrating the contiguity of the State of Palestine, are the major obstacle to the resumption of a credible peace process, and threaten the prospects for attaining a peaceful solution to the conflict,
Condemning the November 2012 Israeli military aggression against the Gaza Strip, which caused hundreds of Palestinian civilian casualties, including among children and women, and destruction of civilian property and infrastructure,
Expressing grave concern in specific about the vastly detrimental impact of such illegal colonization practices and measures on the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, including on access to, sanctity of and status of Muslim and Christian holy places and with regard to the displacement of its Palestinian inhabitants,
Condemning also Israel’s ongoing illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip, in collective punishment of the Palestinian people, which is obstructing the normal movement of persons and goods, causing humanitarian hardships, deepening poverty, and severely impairing reconstruction and economic recovery,
Deploring the continued imprisonment and detention of thousands of Palestinians by Israel, the occupying Power, and expressing grave concern about Israel’s physical and psychological mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners and about the critical condition of hunger-striking prisoners,
Hailing the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and their just and valiant struggle to realize their legitimate national aspirations and inalienable rights, including to self-determination and freedom,
1. Reaffirms the centrality of the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif for the whole Muslim Ummah, and emphasizes the Arab and Islamic character of Occupied East Jerusalem and the need to defend the sanctity of Islamic and Christian holy places;
2. Reiterates its strong condemnation of Israel, the occupying power, for its continued aggression against Islamic and Christian holy places in and around Al-Quds Al-Sharif, for its destruction and occupation of Palestinian homes in the City of Al-Quds, particularly in the Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah districts, and for all its illegal colonial practices, settlement and wall construction and other measures in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the City of Al-Quds, which are aimed at changing its legal status, demographic composition, Arab and Islamic character and geographic nature, as well as of illegal and provocative excavations underneath the Al-Haram Al-Sharif and Al-Aqsa Mosque;
3. Condemns Israel’s systematic and gross violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people, including violations resulting from use of excessive force and military operations, which have led to the death and injury of Palestinian civilians, including children and women and non-violent, peaceful protesters, the use of collective punishment, confiscation of Palestinian land, construction of settlements and the wall, and the destruction of homes, properties and civilian infrastructure;
4. Expresses grave concern over the deterioration of social and economic conditions and the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip due to continued Israeli aggression, blockade and other illegal measures against the Palestinian people, and commits to work with the international community to pressure Israel, the occupying Power, to end all of its illegal practices and to scrupulously abide by its obligations under international law;
5. Welcomes the decision by the General Assembly to grant to Palestine nonmember observer State status in the United Nations, and, in this regard, reaffirms its welcoming of Palestine’s membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) ;
6. Reiterates its call on Member States to support the efforts to expand international recognition for the State of Palestine on the basis of the 4th of June 1967 borders, and stresses that the question of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif is the primary issue on which Member States must adopt a unified stand at the international fora, and requests OIC institutions to adopt appropriate measures to ensure support to resolutions submitted by the OIC on this issue;
7. Reaffirms its support for the Palestine Liberation Organization, the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and expresses its support for Palestinian reconciliation and unity, a vital component of the Palestinian people’s quest to realize their legitimate national aspirations and rights, and its hope that this will be speedily achieved;
8. Reiterates the need for Member States, the Islamic Development Bank and private financial institutions to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people in order to alleviate their suffering and to support the continued strengthening of Palestinian State institutions; and requests international institutions to abide by the agreements of Sharm El-Sheikh Conference on the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and to expeditiously disburse pledged commitments for reconstruction;
9. Calls on Member States, in coordination with the State of Palestine, to promptly hold a donor conference no later than April 2013, to finance the Strategic Sector Plan for the Development of the City of Al Quds adopted by the 4th Extraordinary Islamic Summit held in Makkah Al Mukarramah in August 2012;
10. Strongly condemns the failure of Israel, the occupying Power, to implement the recommendations in the report of the international fact-finding mission established by the UN Human Rights Council following Israel's heinous military attack on the international humanitarian aid convoy in international waters on 31 May 2010, which claimed the lives of 9 innocent civilians and injured scores of others;
11. Reiterates its calls on the international community to put pressure on Israel to lift this blockade and ensure free movement of goods and persons to and from the Gaza Strip;
12. Reiterates its strong condemnation of Israel’s illegal colonial settlement campaign in all its manifestations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, in which constitutes a flagrant breach of international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention, and in total disregard of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 9 July 2004 and General Assembly resolution ES-10/15 of 20 July 2004; undermines the contiguity, unity and viability of the State of Palestine; and jeopardizes the prospects for realization of the two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders;
13. Reaffirms in this regard that the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, constitutes one geopolitical unit, constituting the State of Palestine; and demands that Israel, the occupying Power, cease forthwith its construction of settlements and the wall that it dismantle them, as demanded by relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and by the ICJ Advisory Opinion of July 2004;
14. Strongly condemns the violent attacks, harassment and terror being perpetrated by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including Islamic and Christian places of worship and agricultural lands, with the support and protection of the Israeli occupying forces, and calls for the settlers to be held accountable for their crimes;
15. Calls on the United Nations, in particular the Security Council, to assume its responsibilities in this regard by providing international protection for the Palestinian people;
16. Deplores Israel's attempts to seize and judaize Palestinian heritage and falsify its history, including the decision to include Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil and Bilal bin Rabah Mosque in Bethlehem on the Israeli heritage list; and calls in this regard on UNESCO to act to implement the resolutions adopted by the Executive Council of UNESCO at its 186th session on Palestinian historical and heritage sites and to prevent Israel from the theft and alteration of the Palestinian heritage;
17. Condemns the continued imprisonment of thousands of Palestinians, including children and women, and members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, in Israeli jails and detention centers in harsh conditions detrimental to their health, including, inter alia, solitary confinement, torture, denial of access to proper medical care, denial of family visits and denial of trial in accordance with legal principles, and calls for the immediate release of all prisoners and for their treatment in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law;
18. Condemns Israel’s withholding of Palestinian tax revenues and demands their immediate release in line with agreements reached and international legal principles, stressing that this is essential for ameliorating the Palestinian financial crisis, and calls on Member States to provide emergency assistance during this critical period to the Palestinian people and their leadership;
19. Calls on all High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949, to continue, in accordance with Article 1 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and as contained in the Advisory Opinion issued by the International Court of Justice on 9 June 2004, to exert all efforts to ensure that Israel, the occupying Power, abide by the provisions of the Convention in the Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since 1967, and expresses its support for all initiatives taken by the High Contracting Parties, singularly and collectively, to ensure respect of this Convention;
20. Calls on the international community, including the Security Council, to act forthwith to compel Israel to implement the relevant resolutions on the cause of Palestine, to respect the agreements signed with the Palestine Liberation Organization and implement fully the Quartet Roadmap with a view to ending the occupation of Palestinian Territory that began in 1967, including East Jerusalem, and thus realizing the two-State solution, based on the relevant United Nations resolutions, the Madrid principles, including the principle of land for peace, and the Arab Peace Initiative;
21. Reaffirms the permanent responsibility of the United Nations towards the question of Palestine until all of its aspects are justly and satisfactorily resolved;
22. Calls on the international community to increase efforts to advance the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and a just, comprehensive, and lasting peace based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions in this regard, including Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 1397 (2002), and 1515 (2003), and the longstanding terms of reference of the peace process, which call for Israel's complete withdrawal from the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and from all other Arab territories occupied since 1967 and the achievement of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including to exercise self-determination and sovereignty in their independent and viable State of Palestine, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, and for a just solution to the plight of the Palestine refugees that guarantees their right of return in accordance with General Assembly resolution 194 (1948) and the international principles of justice and equity;
23. Reaffirms the importance of the role and assistance provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in ameliorating the plight of the Palestine refugees and helping to provide regional stability, and calls upon Member States to provide the Agency with generous support in order to cover its budget and enable it to continue to render its essential services;
24. Reiterates the need for follow-up to ensure that Israeli credentials to the United Nations do not cover any of the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including East Jerusalem;
25. Mandates the Secretary-General to follow-up the implementation of the present resolution and report thereon to the next Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
Document Type: Communiqué, Letter, Resolution
Document Sources: General Assembly, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Quartet, Security Council
Subject: Agenda Item, Assistance, Closures/Curfews/Blockades, Fence, Gaza Strip, Holy places, Middle East situation, Negotiations and agreements, Palestine question, Peace process, Refugees and displaced persons, Right of return, Separation barrier, Statehood-related, Wall
Publication Date: 11/02/2013