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CHAPTER II: ANALYSIS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SITUATION

PALESTINE AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Palestine

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The Ministers reaffirmed their adherence to the positions on Palestine adopted by the XIII NAM Summit, detailed in its main document, as the guidelines for the Members of the Movement as well as their adherence to the positions set forth in the Summit statement on Palestine.

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The Ministers reiterated their grave concern at the continuing deterioration of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, since 28 September 2000, as a result of the destruction and devastation inflicted by Israel, the occupying Power, on the Palestinian society and the Palestinian Authority. They strongly condemned the continuing Israeli military campaign against the Palestinian people, including the systematic human rights violations and the reported war crimes. They condemned in particular the wilful killing of Palestinian civilians, including extrajudicial killings; the excessive and indiscriminate use of force; the wanton destruction of homes, infrastructure and agricultural lands; the detention and imprisonment of thousands of Palestinians; and the imposition of collective punishment on the entire Palestinian population, including severe restrictions on the movement of persons and goods, resulting in the grave socio-economic debilitation of the Palestinian people.

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The Ministers also strongly condemned Israel’s ongoing intensive campaign of settler colonialism, including the continuing illegal land confiscations and the construction and expansion of illegal settlements, as well as its continuing unlawful construction of the expansionist Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The Ministers expressed their grave concern at the devastation being caused by the

rule of law in all efforts to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

ES-10/15, on 20 July 2004, by the tenth emergency Assembly, and stressed the importance of respect for Advisory Opinion and resolution ES-10/15 by Israel, Member States.

special session of the General and compliance with both the the Occupying Power, and by

construction of the Wall and stressed that, State solution practically impossible to strongly welcomed the Advisory Opinion

if completed, the Wall would render the two-

achieve.

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peacefully address the The Ministers further

question of Palestine and resolve the welcomed the adoption of resolution

Court of Justice (ICJ) on the “Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall Occupied Palestinian Territory”, which represents an historic opportunity for return

in to

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The Ministers expressed their concern at the failure of repeated efforts to revive the peace process and expressed their deep regret in particular that the Road Map had yet to be implemented. They noted with concern that the Israeli government has never formally accepted the Road Map, has failed to take the necessary first step in adherence with its obligations therein, and has repeatedly attempted to evade the Road Map and substitute it with different steps. In this regard, they noted that the situation has been aggravated by the Israeli Prime Minister’s “unilateral disengagement plan” as well as the Israeli- American exchange of letters of 14 April 2004. The Ministers reaffirmed that the plan as well as several passages within the letters violate international law, relevant Security

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