© Fars News Agency
The draft of the final statement of the Palestine Committee of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ministerial meeting in Tehran underlined the necessity for finding a fair and sustainable solution to the crisis in the Palestinian territories, an Iranian NAM official said Wednesday.

"The draft document of the statement of the Palestine Committee underscores the Palestinians' critical situation and asks for finding a fair, comprehensive and sustainable solution" to the Palestinian issue, member of the NAM's Secretariat Mahmoud Abdollahi told FNA on Wednesday.

"NAM has always put the Palestinian issue on its agenda on the sidelines of its high-level meetings within the framework of the Palestine Committee," he added.

His remarks came after Palestinian Authority (PA) Envoy to the UN Riyadh Mansour called on the participants at the NAM summit to pay special attention to the issue of Palestine, especially after the recent uprisings in the Middle-East.

Mansour, who is in Tehran to attend the NAM experts meeting, said on Monday that many regional and international bodies are now focusing on the Middle-East region thanks to the developments in the Muslims countries in the past two years.

He said it is necessary that the NAM looks at the Palestinian issue as the most urgent topic of the Muslim world just as usual.

Meantime, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in his address at the inauguration ceremony of the NAM experts meeting here in Tehran on Sunday that the Palestinian issue can only be resolved when the Israeli regime ends occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Salehi said the "tragedy of Palestine" is the root cause of conflicts in the region, and described Israel as "the greatest threat" to regional security.

"We, as the main part of the international community, want a just policy to determine the fate of the Palestinians and oppose the illegitimate acts of the Zionist regime," Salehi stated, adding that peace in the region is not possible through support for [the] Zionist regime's blind terrorism, occupation and torture.

The Iranian minister further said that an end to the occupation of Palestinian, Syrian, Lebanese lands, the return of the Palestinian refugees and adoption of a democratic mechanism to determine the Palestinian nation's fate are essential parts of the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem and establishment of peace in the region.