The Palestinian State Establishment Declaration
Final Communiqué of the Palestinian Central Council (PCC)
The Palestinian Central Council held a two-day meeting on July 2nd and 3rd, 2000 in Gaza under the chairmanship of its President Saleem Zanoon, in the presence of President Yasser Arafat and the speaker of Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmed Qrei.
Full Text of the Communiqué
Pursuance to the natural and historic rights of
the Palestinian people to establish its independent state.
In view of the lack of real progress in the peace
process on both the Interim and Final Status tracks, the PCC appeals to Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak, to all the Arab peoples, to the sponsors of the peace
process i.e. the USA and Russia, to Japan, to the African and Islamic
organizations, the non-aligned countries, and the Secretary General of the UN,
to immediately act at all levels to safeguard the peace process against imminent
collapse; and to back the quest of the Palestinian people to control the
Palestinian territories occupied in June 1967 at the end of the Interim Period
as agreed to by both sides, and request the international community to exercise
pressure against the Israeli government to fulfill its commitments and pledges
including the third redeployment, releasing Palestinian prisoners and detainees,
and to secure a safe return for the displaced Palestinians.
The Council has decided to reactivate its Committees, to complete its formation to hold a state of permanent meeting to finalize plans on political, socio-economic, and legal aspect along with drafting relevant legislations for this purpose. The PCC empowers the PLO Executive Committee and the PNA to follow up the work of these committees.
The PCC reiterates its previous decision related to Final Status talks namely:
The PCC condemns the Israeli attempts to enact new legislations preventing the Palestinian refugees return and to maintain the Israeli decision taken in June 1967 with regard to annexing Jerusalem to Israel. The Council regards the annexation of Jerusalem and the enacting of new legislations by Israel in an attempt to prevent the return of refugees as illegal since they contradict with the UN Resolutions 252, 465 and 478.
Whereas the interim period ends at Sept. 13, the PCC has charged the PLO Executive Committee to take appropriate arrangements for the declaration of the independent Palestinian state in order to embody its control over the land of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital.
The PCC, while declaring this historic decision
to enhance security, peace and stability in the Middle East, addresses its
appeal to all peace loving nations to firmly stand by international legitimacy
resolutions and to work towards its implementation.
The PNA urged the various walks of life in the Palestinian society to unite ranks, for cohesion and unity, which can be achieved through reactivating the various institutions and departments of the PLO in and outside the homeland.
The PCC highly appreciates the performance of the PLO executive Committee for convening this round of the Council. To this effect, the Central Council charged the Executive Committee and the Presidency of the Council to jointly prepare a draft for the formation of a new National Council in accordance with the basic system and the decision of the PCC.
The Council salutes the steadfastness of the
Palestinians in the Diaspora with special emphasis on those in Lebanon who
rejected all schemes to accommodate them in other areas rather than Palestine
and affirms their right to return home from where they were forcibly evacuated
In view of the paramount significance of participation by all Palestinian political factions in fostering the negotiation process in accomplishing our natural objectives of sovereignty and independence, the Council decides to authorize the Executive Committee to monitor the process of the Palestinian - Israeli negotiations. On this point some delegates asked for a complete review of the Middle East Peace Process with the Israeli side and reestablishing it on new basis.
The Council hailed the steadfastness of Palestinian prisoners at Israeli jails assuring them that the hour of freedom is coming soon.
The Council appreciated the big sacrifices rendered by the brotherly Lebanese people for the liberation of South Lebanon. It noted that the Israeli government's compliance to UN resolution 425 and its complete withdrawal from the Lebanese land comes to consolidate our view that Israel should follow suit in implementing UN Resolutions 242 and 338 which called for a complete Israeli withdrawal from all the occupied Palestinian and Arab lands.
The Council signaled out the need for holding an Arab summit to strengthen inter- Arab solidarity.
The Council members stood a minute to pay tribute to passing away Syrian President Hafez Assad, and wished the new Syrian leadership led by Gen. Bashar Assad success and to the brotherly Syrian people more progress and stability.
The Council saluted the Palestinian refugees in their camps in Lebanon and affirmed its commitment to the right of return for every refugee in compliance with UN Resolution 194.
The Council hailed the tremendous sacrifices offered by the Palestinians and assures the Palestinian martyrs that their sacrifices will not go in vain as the Palestinian independent state with Jerusalem as its capital is quite near.
Long live the
free Arab Palestine.
© 2005 Palestinian American Council