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Erekat applauds Chilean parliament for standing by Palestinian rights

Nov. 29, 2018 10:42 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2018 2:46 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, applauded the Chilean parliament, on Wednesday, for standing by Palestinian rights in a resolution it had passed calling on its government to review all agreements between Chile and Israel to ensure their applicability to the 1967 borders.

At the invitation of the PLO, a delegation of 11 Chilean lawmakers, from all the political parties represented in the parliament, visited the occupied Palestinian territories in September.

The Chilean parliament voted, on Tuesday, 99 in favor to 7 against with 31 abstentions on a resolution, which it called on its government to review agreements with Israel to ensure that there are specific references to the borders of the State of Israel and their applicability to the 1967 borders are in accordance with Security Council resolution 2334.

The passed resolution called on the president of Chile to instruct his foreign ministry to make certain that any future agreement between Israel and Chile should be based on United Nations Resolution 19/67, which recognizes the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In addition to issuing directives to businessmen, tourists, and Chilean citizens wishing to visit the region to be aware of the situation in Palestine and not to contribute to investment in the occupation or to cooperate with the occupation otherwise their actions may have legal consequences due to “breach of international humanitarian law.”

The resolution also called on the Chilean government to consider mechanisms to prohibit illegal Israeli settlement products in Chile.

Erekat stressed, "These practical and effective initiatives are the right steps that uphold the true meaning of solidarity with the Palestinian people and the essence of holding the occupiers accountable for all violations of international law and human rights."

Erekat called on governments around the world “to enforce the will of their parliaments and the representatives of their peoples, to intensify visits to occupied Palestine and to work collectively toward ending the Israeli occupation and establishing the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

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