40th Session of GCC Supreme Council Issues Final Communique 8 Riyadh

Tuesday 1441/4/13 - 2019/12/10
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The Palestinian cause:
37- The Supreme Council affirmed the permanent stances of the GCC states regarding the Palestinian issue as the first Arab and Muslim issue, its support for the permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people over all the Palestinian territories occupied since June 1967, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the return of refugees in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative, international references and decisions of the international legitimacy, stressing the centrality of the Palestinian cause, and the necessity of activating the efforts of the international community to resolve the conflict, in a way that meets all the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people according to those foundations.
38 - The Supreme Council expressed condemnation of the Israeli occupation authorities' demolition of dozens of houses east of Al-Quds, calling on the international community to intervene to stop targeting the Palestinian well-being, the forced displacement of citizens from the city of Al-Quds, plots underway to change the legal nature of the city and its demographic composition, which is inconsistent with international and humanitarian laws and agreements.
39 - The Supreme Council expressed rejection of the Israeli government’s intention to annex settlements in the West Bank, in clear violation of the relevant United Nations Charter and resolutions, including Security Council Resolution 2334 of 2016, the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice in 2004, and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and other relevant principles of international law.
The Supreme Council affirmed what was stated in the statement of the foreign ministers of the Arab countries held in Cairo, September 2019, in this regard, and the decision of the League of Arab States at the ministerial level on November 25, 2019, regarding what was issued by the United States of America regarding settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
40- The Supreme Council affirmed that the Israeli policy of house demolitions, displacement and eviction of Palestinian residents and citizens undermines the possibility of achieving the two-state solution and lasting peace.
41 - The Supreme Council affirmed the statement of the foreign ministers of the OIC Member States held in Jeddah in July 2019, which expressed concern over the continuing attempts to change the historical and legal status of the occupied city of A-Quds, the transfer of diplomatic missions of some countries to it, and its condemnation of any positions, procedures and decisions aimed to change the status of the holy city.
42- The Supreme Council condemned the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the death and injury of dozens of innocent Palestinians and the targeting of residential installations, agricultural lands and security sites, and called on the international community to assume its responsibilities, in this regard.
43. The Supreme Council welcomed the international consensus to vote on the decision to renew the mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) for three years, and this was considered as an international commitment and consensus to support the rights of the Palestinian people and the right of refugees to return to their homes, praising the generous assistance provided by the states of the GCC to support the agency's activities and called on the international community to continue increasing support to the agency to continue its mission until the return of the Palestinian refugees.
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