Statement by the Socialist International on the continued grave developments in the Middle East

24 September 2002

The Socialist International remains deeply concerned about the grave situation in Ramallah, where, following the destruction of the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority, which we have protested against, its President Yasser Arafat and members of his Administration are still under siege.

Our organisation fully supports the UN Security Council resolution adopted this morning in New York addressing the serious situation in the region and demanding an end to all acts of violence, terror and destruction; that Israel immediately cease measures in and around Ramallah, including the destruction of Palestinian civilian and security infrastructure; the expeditious withdrawal of the Israeli occupying forces from Palestinian cities to positions held prior to September 2000; calling on the Palestinian Authority to meet its commitment to ensure that those responsible for terrorist acts are brought to justice; and, expressing its full support for the efforts of the Quartet.

The Socialist International, which is in contact with its Israeli and Palestinian members, will continue to work in favour of the implementation of the objectives of this resolution and of bringing both sides back to negotiation and dialogue.