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International community unable to lift iniquity against Palestinians: al-Arabi
International community unable to lift iniquity against Palestinians: al-Arabi
Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi
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"The International community is unable to lift the iniquity against Palestinian people," Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi said before the Third European Union - League of Arab States Foreign Affairs Ministerial meeting. 

Al-Arabi said, " the world has to make efforts to end Israeli occupation,"  explaining  that it is the last illegal colonial occupation in the 21st century. 

He expressed  Wednesday  his concern regarding unilateral Israeli  measures in violation of international and humanitarian laws, including the settlement activities in occupied East Jerusalem, and in particular affecting the Holy Sites under the Hashemite Custodianship.

The Arab Foreign Ministers recalled that current EU legislations in relation to settlements should be fully and effectively implemented.

They called on the EU to take further steps on settlements in line with its own laws as well as international obligations.

The Ministers called to respect the rules of international law, international humanitarian law, human rights law and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 in respect of all Palestinian and Arab prisoners and detainees in Israel prisons.

They called for the release of prisoners in accordance with previous agreements and the end of excessive use of administrative detention in contravention of international law. 

The Ministers expressed their concern at the grave humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip largely caused by the closure imposed by the Occupying Power. They condemned all violent acts against civilians and called for the full implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1860 and full respect of international humanitarian law. 

The Foreign  Ministers agreed on the need to continue to support Palestinian state-building both politically and financially.

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union (EU) and of the League of Arab States (LAS) gathered in Athens, on 10-11 June, for the Third Ministerial Meeting between the EU and LAS. The meeting was convened at the invitation of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Dr Nabil Elaraby, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, and Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, and was hosted by Evangelos Venizelos, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece.

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