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Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine Concludes Its Fifth General Congress

To protect the patriotic effort by:

• putting an end to division, recovering national unity and developing the Palestinian political system.

• guaranteeing the necessary components for continuing the fight against occupation, colonization, the defense of Jerusalem as the capital of the independent Palestinian State, and safeguarding the right to return.

The official spokesman of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine declared the following:

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine announces the conclusion of the work of its fifth National General Congress, which took place in three parallel circles: the West Bank, Gaza and the countries with refugees and those of the diaspora. The Congress was held from the end of February until end of August 2007.

The Congress selected the Central Committee, to be made up of 81 members along with 21 substitutes. The Central Committee met and elected comrade Nayef Hawatmeh as general secretary, as well as a new 13-member Political Bureau: made up of Qais Abdel-Karim, Fahed Suleiman, Taisir Khaled, Saleh Zeidan, Ramzi Rabah, Hisham Abu Ghoush, Alí Faisal, Abdel-Ghani Hellu, Moutasem Hamadeh, Majida Al-Masri, Mohammad Khalil, Abdel-Hamid Abu Jeab and Ibrahim Abu Hijleh.

The Congress approved the political report that was presented concerning the Palestinian situation in general. At the conclusion of the deliberations, it was affirmed that the priority in the ranks of the national struggle resides in the unification of the Palestinian national program. That program is based on the National Reconciliation Document, which serves to accelerate the rhythm of the struggle against occupation and colonization until the ability of achieving national rights is attained. The program operates within the framework of a global and balanced solution, with the creation of the independent Palestinian state established on those Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, and to protect the rights of refugees to return to their homes and properties. This demands the strengthening of the national political position, and not again falling into the trap of partial solutions and temporary agreements, particularly the project of a state with provisional borders, and the indefinite postponing of essential questions of the Palestinian cause, such as the convening of an international conference, without determining authorities or objectives. It also demands —as a supreme patriotic priority— to find away out from the catastrophic and irregular situation that has emerged recently in Gaza, whose solution demands national understanding that will only be possible through dialogue. This should be based on eliminating the consequences of the military strike, the formation of a transitional government made up of figures distant from the current polarizing factors, the modification of the law of general elections through the approval of the law of percentage representation, and the reactivation and development of PLO institutions based on the Cairo Declaration and the Document of National Reconciliation.

The Congress reaffirmed that the armed struggle is the main support that nurtures the Intifada – it doesn't reduce it, but contributes to its development and leads the occupiers into a protracted war of attrition, increasing the material and human costs and forcing them to recognize the inalienable rights of Palestinian people.

The Congress reaffirmed the necessity of preserving the movement of Palestinian refugees as an independent democratic popular movement that fights to maintain the validity of the right to return, included on the agenda of Palestinian political work. As well, it reaffirmed the need to fight to heighten and activate the role of refugees, within the framework of blocs and alliances already formed, with the aim of realizing the right to return, by virtue of the United Nations Resolution 194.

Likewise, the Congress ratified the necessity to guarantee the protection of Palestinian refugees in Iraq, who live under imperialistic occupation. Also dealt with was the critical situation in which our people are suffering in the Nahr Al-Bared Camp in north Lebanon. It was pointed out that that this crisis placed difficult tasks before the Palestinian struggle regarding the destiny of this camp, its existence and position, which over long years the National Palestinian Movement fought to protect. At the same time it called upon a wide political movement of masses to form a general opinion —at the Palestinian, Lebanese and international level— with the objective of applying pressure to reconstruct the Camp, protect its position, return its displaced people, and to organize its administration through dialogue with the Lebanese government so as to prevent it from taking control of its destiny according to the pattern of that project.

The Congress adopted a call to the masses of our people —as much in the homeland as in the diaspora— for this to be the year of the recovery of Palestinian national unity and the putting to an end of the division that they suffer on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.

The Congress expressed its pride and admiration for the heroic stability and resistance of the Lebanese people. It directed greetings to the children of occupied Golan, for their stability in the liberation of their territories, and their attachment to their Syrian national identity and the incorporation with the native motherland. It saluted with pride the fight of Iraqi People against the foreign occupation.

The Congress adopted a call for solidarity with heroic Cuba, demanding the end to the blockade imposed by the empire of the North, and sent a message of greeting to the left forces of Latin America, especially to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Bolivia’s Evo Morales.

Central Office Information
of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
August 28, 2007


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