Procedure : 2011/2828(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B7-0527/2011

Texts tabled :

B7-0527/2011

Debates :

PV 27/09/2011 - 13
CRE 27/09/2011 - 13

Votes :

PV 29/09/2011 - 10.2

Texts adopted :

P7_TA(2011)0429

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0525/2011
26.9.2011
PE472.710v01-00
 
B7-0527/2011

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure


on the situation in Palestine


Véronique De Keyser, Hannes Swoboda, Kader Arif, Pino Arlacchi, Emine Bozkurt, Proinsias De Rossa, Roberto Gualtieri, Richard Howitt, Maria Eleni Koppa, Wolfgang Kreissl-Dörfler, María Muñiz De Urquiza, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Kristian Vigenin, Boris Zala, Raimon Obiols on behalf of the S&D Group

European Parliament resolution on the situation in Palestine  
B7‑0527/2011

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions on the Middle East,

–   having regard to the Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process of 8 December 2009,

–   having regard to pertinent UN resolutions, in particular UN General Assembly Resolution 181 (1947) and UN Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), and 1850 (2008),

–   having regard to the Middle East Quartet statement of 23 September 2011,

–   having regard to the IMF staff report prepared for the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on Recent Experience and Prospects of the Economy of the West Bank and Gaza of 18 September 2011,

–   having regard to the World Bank Economic Monitoring Report to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on Building the Palestinian State: Sustaining Growth, Institutions, and Service Delivery of 13 April 2011,

–   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas, in its Resolution 181 of 29 November 1947, the UN General Assembly decided to create two states on the territory of the former Mandate for Palestine;

B.  whereas the EU has repeatedly confirmed its support for the two-state solution with the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security, called for the resumption of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and declared that no changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties should be recognised;

C. whereas state-building achievements of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad have been endorsed by various international actors including the Middle East Quartet, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank;

D. whereas on 23 September 2011 President Mahmoud Abbas submitted to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon the application of Palestine to become member of the United Nations;

E. whereas the inalienable right of Palestinians to self-determination and to have their own state is unquestionable as it is the right of Israel to exist;

1. Reiterates its strong support for the two-state solution, based on the 1967 borders and Jerusalem as capital of both states, with the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security;

2. Recognises and welcomes the success of state-building efforts of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, which have been encouraged and supported by the EU and endorsed by various international actors, and considers, on this basis, Palestine ready for sovereign statehood;

3. Supports and calls on Member States to be united in supporting the aspiration of the Palestinian people to be represented as a state at the United Nations; expresses its support, in this context, to the application submitted by President Mahmoud Abbas to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September 2011;

4. Calls on, at the same time, the international community, including the EU and its Member States, to reconfirm their strong commitment to the security of the State of Israel;

5. Stresses again that peaceful and non-violent means are the only way to achieve a sustainable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; warns against any punitive measures against the Palestinians, such as cuts in aid provision or tax revenues delivery that may be imposed as a response to the UN application;

6.  Calls for the immediate resumption of direct and serious peace talks, based on the internationally recognised parameters and a timetable agreed by both parties, as only a negotiated agreement between the two sides can bring lasting peace and security to Israelis and Palestinians; stresses again that all steps that may undermine the prospects of a negotiated agreement, with special regard to settlement-building in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, should be avoided and that no changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties should be accepted; considers, in this context, the new initiative made by the Middle East Quartet on 23 September 2011 an encouraging contribution to peace efforts;

7. Urges the EU and its Member States to have a united position and to play a more active role, also within the Quartet, in the efforts aimed at achieving a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians;

8. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the President of the UN General Assembly, the Middle East Quartet Envoy, the Knesset and the Government of Israel, the President of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Legislative Council.

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