Thursday, August 21, 2014

European proposal for Gaza: Open borders, return of PA, security assurances for Israel

19 August 2014

Condemns all violence and hostilities directed against civilians, as well as indiscriminate attacks resulting in civilian casualties, and all acts of terrorism.

Calls for an immediate, sustainable and fully respected ceasefire, including an end to all firing of rockets as well as to any other offensive military operation in the Gaza Strip;

Calls for the parties to support a sustainable ceasefire based, inter alia, on the following principles:
- the return of the Gaza Strip to the control of the Palestinian Authority;

- the security arrangements to prevent the resumption of hostilities;

- the prohibition of sales or supply of arms and related material to the Gaza Strip except as authorized by the Palestinian Authority;

- the obligation to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism;

- the lifting of economic and humanitarian restrictions on the Gaza Strip, to enable its reconstruction, full economic rehabilitation and development;

- the full opening of the crossings into the Gaza Strip taking into account the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access;

Decides to establish an international Monitoring and Verification Mission with a mandate to include:
- investigating reports of ceasefire violations and reporting them to the parties and the Security Council;
- monitoring and verification of the implementation of principles supporting the ceasefire;

- assisting in facilitating the flow of persons and commercial goods to and from the Gaza Strip;

- maintaining close contact and liaison in order to ensure effective communications between the parties to the ceasefire;

- disseminating information to humanitarian agencies, wider civil society and other involved in the implementation of the resolution;

Requests the Secretary-General immediately to develop, in coordination with relevant international actors and the concerned parties, detailed proposals to implement the relevant provisions of this resolution and to inform the Security Council of those proposals;

Requests that the Secretary-General conduct an assessment of the needs on the ground with regards to establishing effective governance and service delivery by the Palestinian Authority in the Gaza Strip and to report to the Security council with options for deployment of appropriate technical and stabilization expertise;

Calls on Member States and international organizations to provide support to the Palestinian Authority, including towards resuming the payment of salaries of civil servants as well as building the necessary capacity of its security forces;

Calls on member states to contribute to the recovery and reconstruction needs of the Palestinian people in the Gaza in coordination with United Nations, including through convening a Reconstruction Conference for the Gaza Strip;

Calls upon all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949;

Calls for renewed and urgent efforts by the parties and the international community to resume the negotiations in order to achieve a comprehensive peace based on the vision of two democratic States, Palestine and Israel, living side by side on the basis of the pre-1967 borders in peace and security, as envisaged in resolution 1850 of 16 December 2008, and stressed in this regard the importance of the Arab Peace Initiative.

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