Indonesia urges NAM to find permanent solution for Palestine

Indonesia urges NAM to find permanent solution for Palestine
The extraordinary meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement Committee on Palestine which held virtually on Tuesday (June 22, 2021) was initiated by Indonesia. (The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – Indonesia has urged the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) organization to find a permanent solution to the conflict in Palestine.

The statement was conveyed by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the extraordinary meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement Committee on Palestine which was held virtually on Tuesday (June 22) at the initiative of Indonesia.

During the meeting, the Indonesian foreign minister said that violent acts committed by Israel over Palestinians have become routine, and would continue if the world could not find a solution to the root of the problem, which is the Israeli occupation over Palestine.

She emphasized three important actions that the NAM should take.

First, the NAM must support the resumption of credible multilateral negotiations.

“A credible political process is the only way to prevent a re-occurrence of violence by Israel. There have been no substantive peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine for a long time,” said Retno.

The NAM’s support for the re-implementation of peace negotiations is very important, and can be carried out through a multilateral platform based on the two-state solution and in line with international parameters.

Second, the NAM must support the status of Palestine as a state.

The large number of NAM member countries is a force and their votes would be taken into account by the world. Therefore, NAM must have one voice in supporting the status of Palestine as a state and the struggle of the Palestinian people to achieve their independence.

“We must also encourage the NAM countries and other international communities that have not yet recognized Palestine as a state to immediately recognize it,” said the Indonesian foreign minister.

Third, the NAM must prevent the recurrence of Israeli brutality against Palestine.

The Indonesian foreign minister said that at the U.N. General Assembly Meeting last May, Indonesia proposed the establishment of an international presence in Al-Quds to monitor and ensure the safety of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories, as well as maintain the status of Al-Haram Al-Sharif as a separate entity of the holy site of three religions.

Indonesia expects the NAM to also make the same proposal.

“The NAM member countries that are members of the UN Security Council must be at the forefront of pushing for this initiative,” she stressed.

Foreign Minister Retno reiterated that the purpose of establishing NAM was to end imperialism and colonialism. Therefore, the NAM still owes to the Palestinian people a state that is independent and equal to other countries.

“Our struggle is far from over. However, by working together, I believe that one day Palestine will be free,” she said.

The Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting of the NAM Committee for Palestine produced a Political Declaration which among other things condemned Israel’s violation of the ceasefire, affirmed that Israel’s aggression and annexation of Palestine was a violation of international law, as well as encouraged the international community to recognize the status of Palestine as a country.

Reporting by Indonesia Window

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