Procedure : 2011/2828(RSP)
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Document selected : B7-0529/2011

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

Votes :

PV 29/09/2011 - 10.2

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0525/2011

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

Kyriacos Triantaphyllides, Patrick Le Hyaric, Bairbre de Brún, Jean‑Luc Mélenchon, Willy Meyer, Nikolaos Chountis, Lothar Bisky, Helmut Scholz, Sabine Wils, Marie-Christine Vergiat, Jacky Hénin, Søren Bo Søndergaard, Marisa Matias, Miguel Portas, Sabine Lösing, Ilda Figueiredo, João Ferreira on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group

European Parliament resolution on the situation in Palestine  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Charter of the United Nations,

–   having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

–   having regard to the relevant UN resolutions, in particular UN General Assembly Resolution 181 (1947), 194 (1948) and UN Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973),

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

–   having regard to the Chair's Summary of the Brussels Meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on 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 General Assembly of the United Nations decided to create two states on the territory of the former Mandate for Palestine;

B.  whereas, the state of Israel was subsequently and according to resolution 181 recognized and became member of the UN on 11 May, 1949, while the state of Palestine is yet to be recognized and become a member of the UN;

C. whereas the Palestine is a non-member permanent observer entity at the UN General Assembly;

D. whereas on 23 September, 2011, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has formally submitted an application to the UN Secretary-General for Palestinian membership to the UN;

E.  whereas the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self -determination and statehood is unquestionable, as is the right of the state of Israel to exist;

F.  whereas the establishment of a Palestinian state serves international peace and security and allows to preserve the two state solution and sets ground for the resumption of peace negotiations in line with the Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process of 8 December 2009 and of 13 December 2010;

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

H. whereas in Council Conclusions, 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 recognized;

1.  Calls for the immediate recognition of a Palestinian State and acceptance of the application for membership to the UN;

2.  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;

3.  Acknowledges and welcomes the success of state-building efforts of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, which have proved Palestine ready for sovereign statehood;

4.  Calls on the EU and EU Member States to make all efforts so as to, in line with previous statements, support the recognition of the State of Palestine on 1967 borders, including as regards Jerusalem, and its admission as full member in the UN;

5.  Calls for the immediate end of all settlement activity;

6.  Calls on the international community, including the EU and its Member States, to reconfirm their strong commitment to the security of both the State of Israel and the Palestinian territory;

7.  Reiterates its support to the right of Palestinian refugees to return according to UN General Assembly Resolution 194 (1948);

8.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Governments and Parliaments of the Member States, the President of the UN General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General, the President of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Legislative Council, the Prime Minister of Israel and the Knesset.

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