For Peace in the Middle East

July 24, 1989

The 24th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 14-25 July, 1989 in Sydney, Australia:

(WILPF Statement originally adopted at Sydney 1989, as amended by the International Executive Committee meeting at Lillehammer, Norway, July 1991)

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom reaffirms its belief that a lasting peace in the Middle East can only be achieved through agreements among all parties involved in that conflict. We maintain support for and urge:

1. Recognition by all parties to the Arab-Israeli conflict of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including their right to an independent state in the territories occupied by Israel in the June 1967 war;

2. Recognition by all parties to the Arab-Israeli conflict of the territorial integrity and security of the State of Israel within borders based on those before the June 1967 war;

3. Negotiation of agreements to implement 1 and 2 above through an international conference on peace in the Middle East under the auspices of the United Nations, in accordance with General Assembly Resolution 38/58/C of December 1983 and with the equal participation of all parties concerned, including the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people;

4. That the just solution of all other questions be included in the negotiations of the international conference on the Middle East mentioned under 3;

5. An end to arms transfers by all arms suppliers to all countries in the Middle East, in recognition of the fact that military power cannot lead to a just solution of the conflict in the area;

6. The establishment of the Middle East as a zone free of all weapons of mass destruction”

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