Prince Turki discusses peace process at NYU

April 22, 2009

Prince Turki Al-Faisal, President of the Riyadh-based King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, highlighted the efforts of Saudi Arabia to bring about peace in the Middle East during an address in New York last night.

Delivering a lecture at New York University (NYU) entitled "Horizons of Peace in the Middle East," Prince Turki cited the late King Fahd’s peace plan and King Abdullah’s current peace initiative as evidence of the Kingdom’s efforts to facilitate peace in the region. He noted that King Fahd’s plan was approved by all Arab countries in 1982, while King Abdullah’s initiative gained the endorsement of the Arab world in 2002.

Prince Turki urged Israel to adhere to previous international resolutions and peace agreements. In addition, he demanded that Israel refrain from building settlements on Palestinian land, assassinating Palestinian individuals, and demolishing Arab homes. He noted that the International Court of Justice has decided that Israel’s "separation wall" is illegal and should be dismantled.

Prince Turki also called upon Palestinians to "adhere to the previous agreements and the Arab peace initiative, and work for formation of a broad-based national unity government." He affirmed that reaching a durable and just settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute depends on the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state.