The World of Parliaments
Quaterly Review (Web version)
Decisions taken by the IPU Council during its 171st session
held in Geneva from 23 to 27 September 2002
The Committee on Middle East Questions supports the idea
of holding a meeting in Geneva between Israeli and Palestinian legislators
The IPU Committee on the Middle East Questions also met in Geneva on the occasion of the 171st session of the IPU Council. It held a hearing of an Israeli parliamentarian delegation and a Palestinian delegation, in the presence of the President of the People's Assembly of Egypt, and two representatives of Jordan, as well as an observer from the League of Arab States.
In its report, the Committee asked Parliaments to support the presidential and parliamentary elections which will take place in the Palestinian territories on 20th January 2003. It called for a safe, free and fair process. The Committee called on parliaments to send MPs as observers and asked the IPU to organize a mission to observe the elections.
The Committee also studied the proposal submitted by the Swiss Group and the "Manifesto – Movement for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Middle East", to hold a meeting in Geneva between legislators from the Knesset and the Palestinian Legislative Council. The members of the Committee gave their unanimous support to the proposal and urged the IPU to do its utmost to organize the meeting and play an active part in its work.