The UAE has called on the international community and the United Nations, UN, to work hard to find decisive solutions to the Palestinian question, which are aligned with the principles of international law, the UN Charter, international legitimacy, the land-for-peace formula and the Arab Peace Initiative.
The UAE's call was made in its annual solidarity message sent by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Fode Seck, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, on the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, marked on 29th November.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa expressed the UAE's deep regret at the continuing decades-long ordeal of the Palestinian people and their daily suffering from the brutal Israel occupation and its military hegemony over its territories, at a time when the international community has abandoned colonialism and racial segregation.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa called on the world’s active powers to compel Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories.
"The true security for Israel is to live in peace with the Palestinian people, within its independent, sovereign state and internationally recognised borders," the UAE President said in his message.
"Despite the UN declaration of the right of peoples to self-determination, the Palestinian people are the only ones who are suffering from oppressive occupation that champions racism, repression and collective punishment," he noted.
"As guarantors of world peace and security, the international community, especially the UN, are demanded to manage the Palestinian crisis in a way that does not aggravate the suffering of the Palestinian people. Rather, they should find lasting solutions in accordance to the principles of international law, the UN Charter, international legitimacy, the land-for-peace-formula and the Arab Peace Initiative," he added.
"The Arab Peace Initiative has set out a final solution to the question, and the international community and the UN are required to oblige Israel to accept its long overdue comprehensive solutions and restore hope for the Palestinian people, to live its present free of fear and despair, and plan its future with hope and peace," he further added.
He affirmed that the UAE has been and will always remain a staunch supporter for the right of the Palestinian people to establish its independent state within its territories on the 4 June 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
''We hope that Israel would stop its illegal practices of confiscating more Palestinian lands and building more settlements. We are also looking forward to international influential players to compel Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories as military hegemony and oppression of peoples are now things of the past. Israel should understand that its true security is to live in peace with the Palestinian people,'' he further added.
The UAE is looking forward to seeing real action on ground, not only good intentions to resolve the Palestinian cause and forge a comprehensive solution that ensures peace and security for all the peoples of the region.
The UAE delegation to the UN called in a statement yesterday for reinforcing regional and international efforts to ensure Israel's respect for its legal and international obligations, including revoking all its unilateral measures, affirming that peace efforts in the region will not fructify without putting an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands.
The statement warned in this respect against terror organisations using this issue to promote extremism and violence in the region.
The statement reiterated the UAE's sustained support for the Palestinian people at all levels until they retrieve their rights to a Palestinian State within its 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. The statement condemned Israel's continued occupation of Arab lands and its aggressive and colonial practices, which represent flagrant violations of the international law and all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and undermine the two-state solution.
The statement expressed support for the Palestinian reconciliation agreement signed recently in Cairo, as likely to contribute to realising the Palestinian people's ambitions for establishing their independent state, valuing in this respect the role played by Egypt in sustaining reconciliation efforts.