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Statement by H.e. Mr. Yasser Arafat

President of the State of Palestine –

Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization

Chairman of Palestinian National Authority

Your Excellency, Brother, Nursultan Nazarbayev,

President of the Republic of Kazakhstan,

Presidents, Ladies and Gentlemen!

On the occasion of the first CICA summit, which will take place in the hospitable Almaty city under the chairmanship of my Friend and Brother,President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, I am delighted to extend on behalf of Palestinian people and my own heartfelt and sincere congratulations to the participants of the summit and,especially,to the Republic of Kazakhstan, which is the coordinator of this idea and has been coordinating all efforts on its realization.

I would like to express my gratitude to the Special Working Group, which has accomplished great and useful work that made this summit possible.

In this connection I would like to especially congratulate H.E. President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev for his wise timely initiative on convocation of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, which reflects absolute necessity for Asia with its variety of cultures,civilizations and political systems of establishment a forum for dialogue, consultations and interaction. It will facilitate peaceful resolution of all problems, conflicts and disputes, which can arise between our countries.

Mr. President, dear guests,

The essence of the summit for Asia, especially these days, is to make a major step against suffering, famine, illiteracy, environmental pollution, weapon of mass destruction, deprivation of freedom and human rights.

Justice and common sense require from each side to respect its obligations under the peace process. From our side we have been fulfilling all obligations and responsibilities. However, the action of Israeli occupation forces directed at destruction of the Palestinian Authority and its bodies, namely, tightening the blockade, murders, destruction of houses complicate conditions and undermine all sincere efforts aimed at finding the way out of the present crisis, reconciliation and fulfillment of the agreements and treaties,resuming negotiations on the basis of the Resolutions of the International Legality and in particular Resolutions of the UN Security Council 242, 338, 194, 425, 1397, 1402 and 1403 and on the basis of the principle — territories in exchange for peace, and Arab Peace initiative.

Palestinian people derive its power from the firm belief that its cause is just, from support and solidarity of the brothers and friends, driven by the firm belief in success of the peace process. Therefore, we believe very much in your efforts and your support of the international efforts directed at halting continuos aggression against our people. Renewal and reiteration of solidarity with our just cause gives us new faithin strengthening our sincere efforts directed at achieve ment of the lasting and comprehensive peace. Being based on principles of legality, justice, equality, mutual respect and constructive cooperation, peace will become stronger. Peace, which will put an end to the sufferings of the past and will open new era of cooperation and prosperity to the peoples of region.

Once again I welcome you and I wish to the first CICA summit success. I am confident that with the signing of the Almaty Act, the principle of the peaceful resolution of conflicts will determine future relations among states. In this regard, we join the international efforts to solve conflict between two neighboring states, India and Pakistan. We fully support the achievement of this objective. From this high tribune and based on brotherly relations, friendshi p and solidarity with India and Pakistan,we call upon them for self-restrain and to exert all efforts to find solution to the current crisis through dialogue and negotiations, avoiding confrontation, which will have catastrophic consequences for two countries, Asia and all the world.

We also declare our support for the people of Afghanistan in rehabilitation of their country, restoration of peace, security and stability in this brotherly country.

We also hope for your support to the Palestinian people in restoring state institutions and infrastructure, which were destroyed as a result of the Israeli aggression.

In the end, I would like to assure You, Your Excellency, that we shall strictly adhere to the resolutions of the summit. The State of Palestine from this time on will play an active, constructive role in realization of the high objectives of the CICA and its further development.

Wassalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi   Wa Baraktauh.