Middle East

22 August 1968

The 17th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 18-24 August, 1968 in Nyborg Strand, Denmark:

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting at Congress, August 1968,

Considering that a permanent peace can be established only through the cooperative efforts by both sides in the Middle Eastern conflict, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom,

Urges on all the Powers concerned to take immediate steps, either through direct contact of through the representative of the Secretary General of the U.N or any other third party acceptable to both sides, to negotiate a peaceful settlement, based on the reciprocal recognition of the sovereign independence of all the States concerned,

We Express the Earnest hope that all the states in the Middle East, in order to avert further bloodshed, will substitute cooperation for belligerency, and thus ensure to all of them within the framework of a just and enduring peace, secure and recognized frontiers, freedom of navigation through international waters, free access for all faiths to their Holy Places and a solution, with international support and help, of the refugee problem,

We Urge the great Powers to encourage immediate steps towards such a peace, and to undertake appropriate means to ensure its permanence on the basis of the resolution of November 22nd, 1967, unanimous adopted by the Security Council which defined the principles, which it should embody,

We are Convinced that the United Nations will contribute both to the negotiations of such a peace, and to the implementation of its provisions, all the resources and support at its disposal.