UAE Position Supportive of the Peace Process

  • 26 July 2009

Statements made by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,‮ ‬Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, during a meeting with George Mitchell—the special US envoy for the Middle East—last Friday at the “Emirates Palace”‬ reflects the vision of the UAE in support of the peace process in the Middle East and in the necessity to work to reinvigorate the process. His Highness stressed the need for action at the regional and international levels, to push both Palestinian and Israeli parties toward the path of peaceful negotiations and to find a peaceful and permanent solution based on the resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative ‮.

The UAE stance on supporting the peace process in the Middle East stems from a number of constants. First, the fixed principles of a solution approved by the international legitimacy, especially UN Resolutions (242) and (338) calling for an immediate Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Palestinian lands and territories since June 1967 and the principle of ‘land for peace.’ This is why the UAE has repeatedly confirmed these principles as the basis for good, constructive and successful negotiations, especially in light of growing

Israeli additions in the basic terms of reference, and to impose new terms of reference that are far from achieving the aspirations of Arabs and Palestinians. This was clearly in evidence in recent days when the Israeli government began attempts to Judaize the city of Jerusalem and change its Arab features, and also in its attempt to impose a fait accompli on Arabs and Palestinians.

‬‬The second of these constants which the UAE position espouses is the affirmation of the right of Palestinians in creating their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. The UAE spares no effort in supporting the Palestinian Authority at international and regional forums and also spares no effort in providing assistance to Palestinian people, and is ‮providing everything that would support the steadfastness of the Palestinian people to face the difficult circumstances under occupation.
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Third of these constants is the commitment of the Arab position on the fundamentals of the peace process in the context of “the Arab initiative,” that was endorsed by the Arab Summit in Beirut in 2002, which called for a just  and comprehensive formula for peace that would guarantee the security of Israel as well. The UAE is clearly aware that peace, which has the ability to continue, thrive, and challenge all obstacles and problems, should be a just peace that is based on the restoration of legitimate rights, rather than on imposition, domination and hegemony, and should cover comprehensive peace for all countries of the region, without exempting anyone.

‬Fourth, the UAE supports regional and international efforts aimed at reviving the peace process; therefore the UAE supports any initiative and productive effort in this regard, invests its strong and distinctive international relations to push forward the influential powers of the world to move the peace process. This stems from its belief that major complications surrounding the peace process in the Middle East requires international support. This position, without doubt has gained in importance with the coming of the Netanyahu government, which is not heeding international demands to halt colony-building in the Holy City of Jerusalem.