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Arab Parliament: Israel must withdraw from occupied territories to achieve peace

May 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm

The Arab Parliament called on Israel to withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories to achieve peace and stability in the region.

Kuwait’s chief delegate and parliamentary speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said yesterday, following the conclusion of the Arab League parliament’s second biannual talks, that “peace will only be achieved when Israel withdraws from the occupied Palestinian territories”.

Al-Ghanim noted that “Israel has to stop its settlement activity and allow the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem, according to the international resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative, and free all Palestinian prisoners including members of the Palestinian National Council and the Legislative Council.”

He said Syria had become the focus of attention adding that the Arab Parliament aims to be an “open space” to encourage democracy, human rights and development and every joint Arab effort is important to move these issues forward.