Saturday, Aug. 01
Latest News
  1. 'PKK attack' kills 2 police in tense Turkey
  2. Local official: 10 killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria village
  3. Tunisia extends state of emergency by 2 months
  4. Erdogan slams claims of Turkey IS cooperation as 'black propaganda'
  5. Trial results: Vaccine offers 100% Ebola protection
  6. Abbas wants ICC to probe arson that killed Palestinian toddler
  7. WikiLeaks: US spied on Japan government, companies
  8. Female suicide bomber blows herself up in NE Nigeria market
  9. Libya's UN envoy to discuss peace plan with rival lawmakers
  10. Fears of humanitarian crisis in Serbia as refugees stream in
  11. Pentagon denies US-trained rebels captured in Syria
  12. Egypt, Saudi sign pact to boost military ties
  13. IMF approves $1.24 bn Iraq emergency lifeline
  14. Humanitarian chief: Yemen blockade 'killing' civilians
  15. Turkey probes Kurdish leader, ramps up air strikes against PKK
  16. Israel PM calls Palestinian toddler death 'act of terrorism'
  17. PLO holds Israel government 'fully responsible' for toddler's death
  18. IMF approves $1.24 bn Iraq emergency lifeline
  19. Egypt, Saudi sign pact to boost military ties
  20. Embassy: US delivers F-16s to Egypt ahead of Kerry visit

Non-aligned states urge release of Palestinians

May 27, 2011 12:07 P.M. (Updated: May 29, 2011 9:35 A.M.)
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AFP) -- The 118-nation Non-Aligned Movement on Friday demanded Israel release a "substantial number" of Palestinian political prisoners as a "positive step" toward peace.

At the end of a ministerial meeting in Indonesia, the movement reiterated its support for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, a position it shares with the United States but which is rejected by Israel.

In a joint statement, the ministers "reaffirmed the longstanding international consensus recognizing the Palestinian people as a nation and recognizing their inalienable right to self-determination and independence in their state of Palestine, with east Jerusalem as its capital."

They called on Israel to release Palestinian "political prisoners" including 300 under the age of 18 and 10 members of the Palestinian legislative council.

"The issue is a central one and a practical and effective benchmark in the construction of a just peace in the region," the statement said.

"The ministers stressed that the release of a substantial number of Palestinian prisoners ... could constitute a positive step towards fostering the climate of mutual trust necessary for the resumption of permanent status negotiations."

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono opened the meeting on Wednesday and warned of new strategic rivalries between states as the world deals with complex challenges including terrorism and climate change.

But in their declaration the foreign ministers referred only to the Palestinian issue and a long-standing call for nuclear disarmament.

"The ministers declare their firm commitment to work for convening a high-level international conference to identify ways and means of eliminating nuclear weapons at the earliest possible date," they said.

The declaration made no mention of specific events in member states such as Libya, Yemen or Bahrain, countries which are in the grip of violent turmoil as unpopular regimes try to cling to power in the face of unrest.

On the sidelines of the meeting on the resort island of Bali, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi told the official MENA news agency that he had met his Iranian counterpart to discuss re-opening diplomatic ties.

He said Egypt's next parliament, which will be elected in September, would review the establishment of diplomatic relations with Iran.

Iran severed diplomatic relations with Egypt in 1980 in protest at Cairo's peace treaty with Israel signed a year earlier, and the two states maintain only interests sections in each other's capitals.

But they have signalled they plan to mend ties in the wake of the Feb. 11 fall of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's regime.

Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015