The following is the text of
declaration issued by 13 Palestinian groups issued Thursday at the end of three
days of meetings in this satellite city of Cairo.
(1) Those gathered
confirmed their adherence to Palestinian principles, without any neglect, and
the right of the Palestinian people to resistance in order to end the
occupation, establish a Palestinian state with full sovereignty with Jerusalem
as its capital, and the guaranteeing of the right of return of refugees to their
homes and property.
(2) Those gathered
agreed on a program for the year 2005, centered on the continuation of the
atmosphere of calm in return for Israel's adherence to stopping all forms of
aggression against our land and our Palestinian people, no matter where they
are, as well as the release of all prisoners and detainees.
(3) Those gathered
confirmed that the continuation of settlement and the construction of the wall
and the Judaization of Jerusalem are explosive issues.
(4) Those gathered
explored the internal Palestinian situation and agreed on the necessity of
completing total reform in all areas, of supporting the democratic process in
its various aspects and of holding local and legislative elections at their
determined time according to an election law to be agreed upon. The conference
recommends to the Legislative Council that it take steps to amend the
legislative elections law, relying on an equal division (of seats) in a mixed
system, and it recommends that the law for elections of local councils be
amended on the basis of proportional representation.
(5) Those gathered
agreed to develop the Palestine Liberation Organization (news - web sites) on
bases that will be settled upon in order to include all the Palestinian powers
and factions, as the organization is the sole legitimate representative of the
Palestinian people. To do this, it has been agreed upon to form a committee to
define these bases, and the committee will be made up of the president of the
National Council, the members of the PLO's Executive Committee, the secretaries
general of all Palestinian factions and independent national personalities. The
president of the executive committee will convene this committee.
(6) Those gathered felt
unanimously that dialogue is the sole means of interaction among all the
factions, as a support to national unity and the unity of the Palestinian ranks.
They were unanimous in forbidding the use of weapons in internal disputes,
respecting the rights of the Palestinian citizen and refraining from violating
them, and that continuing dialogue through the coming period is a basic
necessity toward unifying our speech and preserving Palestinian rights.