JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday rejected the US administration’s peace plan for the Middle East and called on its member states not to help implement it.
The OIC “rejects this US-Israeli plan as it does not meet the minimum aspirations and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and contradicts the terms of reference of the peace process,” it said in a statement.
A meeting of foreign ministers at OIC headquarters in Jeddah called on “all member states not (to) deal with this plan or cooperate with the US administration efforts to enforce it in any way or form.”
Under the US plan unveiled last week, Israel would retain control of the disputed city of Jerusalem as its “undivided capital” and annex settlements on Palestinian lands.
The OIC reiterated its support for East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, stressing its “Arab and Islamic character.”
It said peace would “only be achieved with the end of the Israeli occupation, the full withdrawal from the territory of the State of Palestine, in particular, the holy city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem) and the other Arab territories occupied since (the) June 1967 (Middle East war).”
The organization urged the US administration to abide by legal terms of reference for a just resolution of the issue and for lasting peace in the region.
The OIC warned Israel against taking any measures to consolidate its “colonial occupation” of the Palestinian territories. It called on the international community to confront all such measures.