Pax Christi calls for Palestinian state
A delegation from the peace Catholic organisation Pax Christi International has argued that for true and lasting peace in the Middle East, "negotiations should ultimately lead to a sovereign, viable Palestinian state, with Jerusalem the capital of two states, accessible to the followers of three monotheistic religions".
The Tablet reports that in a statement issued in November after a tour of Israel, the delegation recommended that four principles of international law should be observed. These include recognition of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people and the Israeli people's right to secure and recognised borders; full Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied in 1967; right of return of Palestinian refugees; and respect for human rights by all parties.
Among members of the delegation were the president of Pax Christi Netherlands, Bishop Adriaan Van Luyn, Fr Paul Lansu of the International Secretariat of Pax Christi International, and Marjolein Wijninckx of the Middle East Programme of Pax Christi Netherlands.
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