Non-Aligned countries called upon Israel to release Palestinian prisoners

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NUSA DUA (Indonesia) – The 118 member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement, gathered this week in Indonesia, urged Israel to release a “significant number” of Palestinian prisoners to make a “positive step” toward peace.

The movement also reaffirmed its support for the creation of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, a position that has also become that of the U.S. after the May 19 speech by Barak Obama. This view was rejected by Israel.

 

“The release of large numbers of Palestinian prisoners (…) could be a positive step to improve the climate of mutual trust necessary for the resumption of negotiations”, say in a statement the foreign ministers of the movement.    “This is a central issue and a practical step to building a just peace in the region,” the statement said, calling on Israel to release first the “300 inmates aged 18 and under”.

 

The meeting of the movement was also marked by discussions between the Foreign Ministers of Iran and Egypt for a resumption of diplomatic relations, severed since 1980.

 

This issue will be submitted to the Egyptian parliament after legislative elections scheduled for September, said Minister Nabil al-Arabi quoted by state news agency MENA.    Created in the 1950s in the context of the Cold War, the Non-Aligned Movement brings together 118 States who claim being aligned to any major world power. It includes notably India, Pakistan, Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, South Africa and Iran.      Ennaharonline/ M. Oudina

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