The Palestine Liberation Organization Negotiations Affairs Department released a report, Road for Palestine Statehood – Recognition and Admission, says that Palestine has met all the conditions for forming an independent state according to the 1933 Montevideo Convention, which states the rights and duties of countries.
The Palestine Liberation Organization Negotiations Affairs Department released a report this week saying that Palestine has met all conditions and preparations for full membership in the United Nations.
The report, Road for Palestine Statehood – Recognition and Admission, says that Palestine has met all the conditions for forming an independent state according to the 1933 Montevideo Convention, which states the rights and duties of countries.
**Recognizing Palestine is Long-overdue Fulfillment:**
According to the PLO report, the right of the Palestinian people to an independent, sovereign state has awaited implementation for sixty-four years. It is a debt owed by the international community to the Palestinian People that is long overdue.
“When the British government sought to terminate its mandate in Palestine, the international community, through the United Nations (UN), recommended a solution to the conflict between immigrant Jewish communities and the indigenous Palestinian Arabs“ the PLO stated.
According to the study report the solution contained in General Assembly Resolution 181 (II), called for the creation of two states. “Today, however, it is only one state, the State of Israel, that exists and is a full member of the UN. The Palestinians, who have suffered decades of displacement, dispossessions, and the systematic denial of their national and human rights, have yet to realize their independent state.” the PLO said.
In 1988 the PLO declared the establishment of the State of Palestine over the territory occupied by Israel in 1967 – the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. “By limiting our national aspirations to 22% of the Palestinian people’s historic homeland, the PLO made an historic compromise in the interest of peace. Palestinian concessions over land have been painful but they have been honored.” The report reads.
The PLO says that since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the international community has repeatedly affirmed that the only formula for peace in the region is the two-state solution, which requires the establishment of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state.
“More recently in 2009, the international community endorsed the Palestinian state-building plan, which concludes in September 2011 and later recognized that Palestinians are indeed ready for statehood. Now it is time for Israel and the international community to honor commitments made to us by recognizing the State of Palestine on the remaining 22% of our patrimony and admitting Palestine to the UN as a full member,” added the report.
**The State of Palestine is ready to join the community of nations as a full member to the United Nations:**
The PLO reports that the State of Palestine has met all prerequisites to statehood listed in the Montevideo Convention, which is the 1933 treaty that sets out the rights and duties of states. The permanent population of our land is the Palestinian people; its right to self-determination has been repeatedly recognized by the UN and by the International Court of Justice in 2004.
“Our territory is recognized as the lands framed by the 1967 border, though it is occupied by Israel. We have the capacity to enter into relations with other states and have embassies and missions in more than 100 countries. And the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Union have indicated that our institutions are developed to the level where we are now prepared for statehood. The State of Palestine also intends to be a peace-loving nation, committed to human rights, democracy, the rule of law and the principles of the United Nations Charter,“ explained the PLO.
The report concludes that “In UN General Assembly Resolution 181 II- the resolution that provided the legal basis for Israel’s admission to the UN – the General Assembly instructed that “sympathetic consideration” be given to our application for membership in the UN. Thus, international recognition of the State of Palestine and its admission to the UN as a full-member is consistent with, and supports a resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. That was envisioned by the international community since 1947.”
So far the US and Israel have refused the State bid, and called it destructive; while the US vowed to use its veto against the bid and stop aid to the Palestinians, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said this week that he will go through with the state bid in September adding that the destructive action against peace is the Israeli settlement construction on Palestinian land.