Summary: EU Presidency Statement – International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People (29 November 2005: New York)
EU Presidency Statement to mark International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People, by the UK Mission to the UN, on behalf of the European Union, United Nations General Assembly, New York
On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, the European Union would like to reiterate its firm commitment to the self-determination of the Palestinian people as well as to a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East.
The European Union reiterates its appeal to both sides to take all possible political, security, economic and social measures to bring about a resumption of negotiations on the basis of the Roadmap presented to the parties on 30 April 2003. There is no other means of achieving a just and lasting settlement which satisfies the legitimate expectations of the peoples of the region, on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242, 338, 1397 and 1515, the principles adopted at the Madrid Conference – in particular the principle of land for peace – and the Oslo accords and subsequent agreements. The European Union confirms its commitment to the self-determination of the Palestinian people through the establishment of a viable, sovereign, peaceful and democratic State for Palestinians that will guarantee Israelis the right to live in peace and security within internationally recognised borders.
The European Union welcomes the holding of multi-party elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council foreseen for 25 January 2006. The European Union underlines that free and fair elections are an indispensable step in the process of consolidating democratic institutions. The EU stands ready to assist the Palestinian Authority.
The European Union welcomed the recent Agreement on access issues relating to Gaza reached between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as a major breakthrough. These issues are fundamental to improving the humanitarian situation in Gaza and essential for promoting peaceful economic development. The priority now is to ensure that the commitments made in it are translated into reality. The European Union is ready to undertake the Third Party role described in the Agreement. The European Union will monitor the operations of the Rafah border crossing point and provide assistance to reinforce Palestinian border management capacities. The European Union will continue to provide assistance to support the excellent work of Quartet Special Envoy James Wolfensohn. Capacity building, through training, equipment and technical assistance, is being taken forward through the European Community’s assistance to the Palestinian Authority.
The European Union reiterates its willingness to support the peace process in close cooperation with the other partners in the Quartet.
The European Union also confirms its commitment to continue its technical and economic aid for the Palestinian people and to contribute to the strengthening of Palestinian institutions representing a peaceful and democratic State governed by the rule of law.