World Jewish Congress Profoundly Concerned at Latin American Unilateral Declarations

Dec 07, 2010, 17:28 ET from World Jewish Congress

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Jewish Congress expresses its profound concern at recent expressions of support from Latin America for the unilateral establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1949 armistice lines (mistakenly referred to as the "1967 borders"). Last week, Brazil, and this week, Argentina, became the first major countries to express such support for unilateral Palestinian sovereignty, and reports from the Palestinian Authority indicate that several other Latin American countries have made similar declarations.

The WJC calls on the United States and other members of the Quartet - Russia, the EU and the United Nations - to unequivocally denounce such moves and to restate their firm commitment to resolving the Middle East conflict solely through bi-lateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The principles of a negotiated solution between the parties is enshrined in UN Security Council Resolution 242 of November 1967 that has governed all peace diplomacy between Israel and its Arab neighbors, including the treaties of peace with both Jordan and Egypt, the Madrid peace talks, the Oslo Accords and the 2003 Road Map, all of which emphasized that peace between Palestinians and Israelis can only be achieved through direct negotiations. This point has been reiterated by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton as part of ongoing US efforts to re-launch direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress said, "We find these announcements made by Brazil, Argentina, and other Latin American countries to be troubling. Palestinian- Israeli peace making is a delicate process and is meant to be directly negotiated between the parties as mandated by United Nations resolutions."

"Premature announcements by other countries regarding the recognition of any Palestinian statehood do not, as some might think, contribute to peace between Israel and her neighbors, but rather undermine the negotiations and risk derailing a fragile peace process and triggering regional instability," said Lauder.

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