Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah supports re-examining peace process

March 24, 2013

Vice Foreign Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has called for a re-examination of the Mideast peace process in light of growing international support for the creation of a Palestinian state. Speaking at a preparatory meeting for the 24th session of the Arab League Council in Doha today, Prince Abdulaziz said, “This summit comes after the recognition of the State of Palestine as a non-member observer state at the United Nations. This international recognition of Palestine necessitates that the Summit shall take decisions to enhance the status of the Palestinian state, and strive to push the United Nations Security Council to quickly take necessary recommendations to accept Palestine as a full member of the United Nations.”

He continued, “The last ministerial session of the Arab League issued a resolution that mandates the Arab Peace Initiative Committee re-evaluate the Arab position about the peace process in all its aspects, and to reconsider the feasibility of the Quartet and the international approach in dealing with the Palestinian issue and the Arab-Israeli conflict in order to change this approach to terminate Israeli occupation of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.”

Prince Abdulaziz claimed that Israel is stalling the peace process, while attempting to change the facts on the ground. “We’re categorically rejecting Israeli settlement activity, which we believe is an attempt to undermine the two-state solution by isolating Palestinian towns from each other and encircling Al-Quds [Jerusalem] with settlements,” he said. “We are also rejecting plans that seek to Judaize the city of Al-Quds, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque. We call on the international community to stop those practices that undermine any action towards reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause.”

Prince Abdulaziz also called upon the international community to pressure Israel to turn over the money owed to the Palestinian National Authority.