The 23rd conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) concluded on Monday with the adoption of the Cairo Declaration which commends Kuwait's efforts to resolve the conflict in Yemen.
The declaration underlines the need of Yemen recovering its security and stability as early as possible and reaching a peaceful settlement to the conflict in the country based on the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
On Palestine, the Arab top lawmakers reiterated that this question continues to be a top priority for the Arab nation and reminded of the previous AIPU resolutions in this regard.
They approved the call of the AIPU President Nabih Berri for setting up an Arab parliamentary committee, chaired by the outgoing AIPU President and Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim, to back up the struggle of the Palestinian people for their legitimate rights.
The planned committee will be made up of president of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), and representatives of the legislative bodies of Jordan, Morocco and Algeria; it will oversee the implementation of the previous AIPU recommendations.
The conferees approved Al-Ghanim's call for an Arab parliamentary move to expel the Israeli Knesset from the membership of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the declaration says.
They stressed that there will be neither peace nor stability in the Middle East region unless a fair, permanent and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian question is reached based on the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.
Such a solution must ensure an ultimate end to the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories, including the Palestinian territories, and the emergence of Palestine as an independent state within the pre-June, 1967, borderlines with Jerusalem as its capital city, according to the document.
Recalling the UN General Assembly Resolution 194 of December, 1948, on the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland, the conferees agreed that their parliaments should adopt urgent measures to offer the necessary political and material support to Arab residents of Jerusalem in the face of the Israeli attempts to Judaize the holy city and tamper with the Islamic and Christian sanctities there.
They decided to document the racist crimes being committed by the Israeli occupation authorities and the Jewish settlers against the residents of the Palestinian people and expose these crimes to the parliaments of the friendly countries around the globe.
On terrorism, the Arab top lawmakers warned against this global menace which claimed nearly 32,700 lives in 2014, mainly in the Middle East and Africa besides the extensive material damage and adverse impacts on economies.
Regrettably, Iraq, Syria and Yemen continue to be the countries hardest hit by terrorism, the declaration said, citing statistics released by UN agencies in early 2015.
While denouncing the recent terrorist attacks in various parts of the world, the conferees urged making clear distinction between terrorism and the peoples' legitimate right to resist the occupation forces and struggle for independence.
They denounced Israel for its policy of state terrorism against the Palestinian people and called for scaling up support to the Palestinians until they attain their legitimate rights.
They also criticized the attempts of hardline forces to link the phenomenon of terrorism to Islam - the faith of tolerance, as well as the attempts to instigate hatred and xenophobia against Muslims, affirming that terrorism is not confined to any specific faith.
As for the three UAE Arabian Gulf islands being occupied by Iran, the Arab top lawmakers renewed the call for raising this issue in the contacts with parliamentarians of the world as part of lobbying for ending the Iranian occupation.
They urged Iran to translate its stated desire to improve the relations with the Arab countries into tangible actions, including putting an end to its seizure of the islands of Abu Moussa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs.
On Sudan, the conferees appreciated the joint efforts being made by the African Union, the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League to stabilize the country and restore peace in the western Darfur region.
They commended the Qatari mediation which led to the Doha document on peace in Darfur and called on all concerned parties to ensure effective implementation of the document.