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HM the King: Settlement of Al Quds Issue Requires Genuine Political Will, Concerted Efforts

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The settlement of Al Quds Issue requires genuine political will, concerted efforts and the involvement of international sponsors, relying on their experience, clout, neutrality and the ability to exert influence, HM King Mohammed VI underlined.
HM the King: Settlement of Al Quds Issue Requires Genuine Political Will, Concerted Efforts
26 June 2018

In a message to participants in the 5th international Conference on Al-Quds, which opened Tuesday in Rabat, the Sovereign, chairman of the Al Quds Committee, said that the issue of Al-Quds does not concern a specific faith, people or country. It is a question that concerns two peoples and two states. Its settlement requires genuine political will, concerted efforts and the involvement of international sponsors, relying on their experience, clout, neutrality and the ability to exert influence.

This is a conflict that can be resolved if delusions and nostalgia for the past are abandoned, and provided a sense of realism and confidence in the future prevail, the monarch noted, adding that the duration of the conflict and the state of political stalemate it has been in since 2014 should not lead to apathy or indifference; nor should the stalemate lead to negative attitudes or unjust decisions that deepen the feelings of frustration and resentment among the Palestinians, plunging them into situations conducive to radicalism and despair.

In view of the above, the international community is duty-bound today to pool efforts at a faster pace so as to put the issue on the table with a view to reaching a negotiated, safe and fair settlement. This should be achieved through an orderly process based on a realistic vision and a specific timeline, using the existing frame of reference to which the parties concerned would commit in a serious, proactive and responsible manner, HM the King underlined.

The sovereign went on to say that the influential global powers, particularly the United States of America, and dominant regional countries, should each play their role in a responsible, equitable manner in their respective sphere of influence.

Recalling the decision by the United States of America to recognize Al-Quds as the capital of Israel and to move its embassy there, which it did officially on 14 May 2018, HM the King noted that the lack of political prospects in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict - which is compounded by unilateral decisions and practices the Palestinians find provocative - is the main reason for the tense situations that lead to acts of mutual violence and to the excessive use of force by the Israeli occupation forces.

"This tension was clearly felt in the demonstrations which were held during the Great March of Return at the Gaza border and which were of a peaceful, symbolic nature," the monarch highlighted, stressing that the Israeli occupation forces reacted to them by firing live bullets directly at the demonstrators, killing dozens and wounding hundreds of unarmed Palestinian civilians.

Insisting on the fact that Al Quds needs a realistic, equitable political settlement leading to the determination of the final status, through direct negotiations between the parties concerned based on the existing international frame of reference, HM the King underlined the importance of mobilizing the good will of all those concerned, within a unified framework, relying on a balanced collective mechanism.

Such mechanism would help both parties to the conflict to abide by international law, international legitimacy and bilateral agreements and understandings, to refrain from predetermining solutions to any of the final status issues, particularly those relating to Al-Quds, refugees and borders, and to pledge to deal with these issues within the framework of final status negotiations, HM the King affirmed.

"Al-Quds has been and will remain a space for coexistence and tolerance - a collective heritage shared by the followers of the revealed religions. We must all preserve and safeguard it by being purposefully mobilized, exerting sincere efforts and proposing sound ideas," His Majesty stressed.

"To give concrete substance to this approach, which reflects the importance and universal, symbolic value of Al-Quds, I suggest that the convening of certain sessions of this international conference in countries outside the Arab and Islamic world be considered," HM the King said.

Last modified : 26 June 2018

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