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Arabic: العربية OICCOMMa_310519
DRAFT FINAL COMMUNIQUE
OF THE 14TH ISLAMIC SUMMIT CONFERENCE
(SESSION OF HAND IN HAND TOWARD THE FUTURE)
MAKKAH AL-MUKARRAMAH, KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
31 MAY 2019
(26 RAMADAN 1440 A.H.)
4. The Conference re-emphasized the centrality of the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Shareef for the Muslim Ummah, reaffirming its principled and continued all-level support to the Palestinian people to regain their inalienable legitimate national rights, including their right to self-determination and the establishment of the independent and sovereign State of Palestine along the 1967 borders, with Al-Quds Al-Shareef as its capital. It also reaffirmed the need to protect the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in accordance with Resolution 194 and to roundly counter any denial of these rights.
5. The Conference affirmed rejection and strong condemnation of any illegal and irresponsible decision to acknowledge Al-Quds as the alleged capital of Israel, the occupying power, and considered such decision null and void and an affront to the legal, historical and national rights of the Palestinian people and the Islamic Ummah. It called on states that have relocated their embassies to the holy city or opened commercial offices therein to retract this step, considered as a serious violation of international law and legitimacy and a deliberate attempt to undermine the prospects of peace process in the Middle East, and a step that serves extremism and terrorism and threatens international peace and security. The Conference called on Member States to take the appropriate measures against the states doing that, taking into consideration the political and economic measures proposed by the General Secretariat in accordance with paragraph 15 of the Final Communiqué of the Seventh Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference held in Istanbul on 18 May 2018.
6. The Conference affirmed its rejection of any proposal of peaceful settlement, if it is not in line and consistence with the inalienable legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, as endorsed by international legitimacy, and with internationally-recognized terms of reference of the peace process, particularly the international law and the United Nations resolutions. It reaffirmed its condemnation and rejection of any stances by any international party that supports the prolongation of occupation and its expansionist settlement project to the detriment of the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people, including the US Administration’s recognition of Al-Quds as the capital of Israel, the occupying power, as well as attempts to undermine the rights of Palestinian refugees.
7. The Conference affirmed the adoption and support for the vision of His Excellency the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, which he announced in his statement at the Security Council on 20 February 2018, by calling international influential parties to engage in sponsoring a multi-lateral political track with a view to launching a credible internationally-sponsored peace process towards achieving peace based on the two-state solution and ending the colonial Israeli occupation, which started in 1967, as provided for by the rules of international law and UN resolution, and based on the terms of reference of the peace process, the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative and the ‘land for peace’ principle, which would reinforce calm and revive hope in reaching a peaceful solution enabling the Palestinian people to live in freedom and dignity in their Palestinian state, with eastern Al-Quds as its capital.
8. The Conference affirmed its rejection and countering of all illegal Israeli measures and decisions aimed at changing the facts on the occupied Palestinian territory, including Al-Quds Al-Shareef, and undermining the two-state solution, whether by the policy of annexation or by expansionist and occupationist colonialism on the Palestinian territories. It called upon the international community and the Security Council to assume their responsibility by implementing the Security Council Resolution No. 2334 and providing the Palestinian people with the necessary protection against the occupation’s brutality; and stressed the need to continue all efforts to stop these illegal practices.
9. The Conference affirmed the OIC Member States’ support for the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Shareef, the central cause of the Ummah, in international forums, including by voting for relevant resolutions in all international organizations; and called on Member States to abide by that; stressing that any principle that any different position would be out of step with the bases and principles on which the OIC was founded. It also called on all states that have not yet recognized the States of Palestine, declared in 1988 in Algeria, to do so, thus consecrating the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination as a basic condition for a solution based on international legitimacy resolutions.
10. The Conference stressed the need to mobilize support for the budget of the Palestinian Government to continue its work. It condemned the colonial occupation authorities’ piracy against the Palestinian tax funds and some states’ cutting of their financial support to exercise political extortion. It called on Member States to activate all relevant Islamic resolutions, including those on supporting and expanding the economic empowerment program for the Palestinian people and supporting the UNRWA to ensure continued and urgent performance of the tasks entrusted to it, by financially contributing to the capital of the Developmental Waqf Fund in support of the Palestinian refugees.
11. The Conference commended the efforts of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, hailing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s outstanding role in supporting and advocating the Palestinian cause, promoting the Palestinian people’s efforts and fulfilling their aspirations to establish their independent state with east Al-Quds as its capital. It also praised the constant and generous support to the holy city’s institutions and population, lauding the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to contribute US$ 320 million in support both of Al-Quds Fund and of Al-Aqsa Fund, for the preservation of Islamic holy sites therein, in addition to the payment of its share to the budget increase for the two Funds, with an amount of 70 million US dollars, as adopted by the Amman Arab Summit of 2017.
12. The Conference commended the continued efforts exerted by His Majesty King Mohamed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, to protect Islamic holy sites in Al-Quds Al-Shareef and counter all measures being taken by Israeli occupation authorities to judaize the holy city. It also lauded the concrete role of the Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency of the Al-Quds Committee through the execution of development projects and activities for the inhabitants of the holy city and support for their steadfastness. It called on Member States to step up their support for the Agency to enable it to continue its work. The Conference also commended the appeal signed by His Majesty King Mohamed VI and Pope Francis in Rabat on 30 March 2019 as it bears a call for making Al Quds a city of peace, fraternity and tolerance, considering the city as a symbol of coexistence of the followers of the three monotheist religions, a shared heritage of humanity and the center for the values of mutual respect and dialogue.
13. The Conference commended the efforts of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the role of His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein, Custodian of the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Al-Quds Al-Shareef, in defending, protecting and preserving the city of Al-Quds and its Islamic and Christian holy sites, supporting the steadfastness of its Arab Palestinian inhabitants on their land against illegal Israeli violations and measures aimed at changing the Arab, Islamic and Christian identity of the city, and renews its rejection of all Israeli attempts to undermine the historical Hashemite custodianship reaffirmed by the important agreement co-signed by His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas of the State of Palestine, in Amman on 31 March 2013. It also commends UNESCO’s resolutions on definition of the ‘Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Qudsi Al-Shared’ as identical terms, and affirming that Bab al-Magharibeh hill is an integral part of the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the right of the Jordanian Al-Quds Endowments and Al-Aqsa Affairs Department, considered as the only body in charge of the supervision of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, to manage, restore, preserve and govern access to the Al-Haram Al-Shareef.
14. The Conference emphasized respect for the legitimacy of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, under the leadership of H.E. President Mahmoud Abbas, commending his efforts towards the Palestinian national reconciliation. It also called on the Palestinian factions and parties to accelerate conclusion of the national reconciliation in accordance with the Cairo Agreement, signed in May 2011, and its implementation mechanisms and instruments, the most recent of which the 2017 Cairo Agreement, to enable the PalestinianGovernment to bear its full responsibilities in the Gaza Strip, and to conduct general elections in the shortest possible time, in order to achieve political partnership. The Conference commended the Arab Republic of Egypt’ tireless efforts in supporting the Palestinian people and cause and achieving the Palestinian national reconciliation, urging Egypt to continue its endeavors to this end.
15. The Conference commended the efforts of the State of Kuwait and the Republic of Indonesia, in their capacity as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, in supporting the Palestinian cause and making several initiatives within the Security Council on protecting Palestinian civilians, including through convening an “Arria-formula” meeting.