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27 May 2009
THE EUROPEAN UNION
Phnom Penh, 28 May 2009
10479/09 (Presse 159)
17th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting (AEMM)
JOINT CO-CHAIRMEN’S STATEMENT
27-28 May 2009,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
1. The 17th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, under the theme of "ASEAN-EU Partnership for Peace, Economic Growth and Development" was held on 27-28 May 2009, in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia. ...
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS AND GLOBAL ISSUES
39. The Ministers reaffirmed their support to reach a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East. They called for renewed efforts by all parties concerned and the international community to achieve a comprehensive peace based on the vision of a region where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace with secure and recognised borders, as envisaged in UN Security Council resolution 1850 (2008), and the Arab Peace Initiative. Towards this end, talks between the Israeli and Palestinian sides should be held as soon as possible. They welcomed the result of the International Conference in support of the Palestinian Economy for the reconstruction of Gaza hosted on 2 March 2009 by Egypt. They underlined that an immediate and unconditional opening of the Gaza crossing for humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons is important. The Ministers encouraged inter-Palestinian reconciliation support the mediation efforts of Egypt and Arab League in this respect. The Ministers reiterated their appreciation of the Arab Peace Initiative which offers a framework for the achievement of a comprehensive peace in this region.