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Israel Did not Support Three Paragraphs of the CICA Summit Declaration

Saturday 15 June 2019

DUSHANBE (Satrapia) — Israel did not support three paragraphs of the Dushanbe Declaration of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

In particular, one of the 49 points of the Joint Declaration states:

We fully support the principle of non-interference in the internal or external affairs of States.

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We reaffirm that no State or group of States has the right, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatsoever, to interfere in the internal or external affairs of any other State, including for the purpose of changing legitimate governments, and that each State has the right to independently determine our political system.

The 5th CICA Summit was held in Dushanbe under the chairmanship of the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, which resulted in the adoption of the declaration. The document contains a declaration by the parties on the establishment of cooperation to solve international problems of an economic, social, cultural and humanitarian nature. The participants in the declaration reaffirmed their commitment to the principles of sovereign equality, territorial integrity of countries, political independence, peace and stability.

However, Israel has opposed paragraphs 17, 18 and 19.

The text of paragraph 17, in particular, refers to the commitment of Palestinians to the establishment of an independent and fully sovereign Palestinian State along the borders of 4 June 1967, with its capital in East Jerusalem, and to strong support for the historic role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as guardian of the holy sites in the sanctuary city of Jerusalem.

It also refers to the resolute rejection of any unilateral decision that could change the status quo in the holy city of Jerusalem. The need for the United Nations to assist Palestinian refugees, the provision of basic and emergency services.

Israel has also not accepted the provisions of paragraph 18, confirming continued support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA), approved by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 in 2015 on Iran. This paragraph welcomes Iran’s full compliance with its nuclear obligations and calls on all other parties to fully comply with their obligations under the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Israel also rejected paragraph 19, which stated that it was necessary to strengthen the global nuclear non-proliferation regime, in particular to support the establishment in the Middle East of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction based on voluntarily agreed agreements.

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