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Economic and Social Council
28 July 1995
Middle East peace process
The Economic and Social Council
General Assembly resolution 49/88 of 16 December 1994,
the convening of the Peace Conference on the Middle East at Madrid on 30 October 1991, on the basis of Security Council resolution 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 and 338 (1973), and the subsequent bilateral negotiations, as well as the meetings of the multilateral working groups, and noting with satisfaction the broad international support for the peace process,
the continuing positive participation of the United Nations as a full extraregional participant in the work of the multilateral working groups,
Bearing in mind
the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, signed by the Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington, D.C., on 13 September 1993,
/ and the subsequent Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area, signed by the Government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, the representative of the Palestinian people, at Cairo on 4 May 1994,
Also bearing in mind
the Agreement between Israel and Jordan on the Common Agenda, signed in Washington, D.C., on 14 September 1993, the Washington Declaration
signed by the Governments of Jordan and Israel on 25 July 1994, and the Jordan-Israel Treaty of Peace of 26 October 1994,
the Declaration of Casablanca, adopted at the Middle East/North Africa Economic Summit,
held at Casablanca from 30 October to 1 November 1994,
the peace process started at Madrid, and supports the subsequent bilateral negotiations;
the importance of, and need for, achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;
Expresses its full support
for the achievements of the peace process thus far, in particular the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, signed by the Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, the subsequent Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area, signed by the Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, the representative of the Palestinian people, their 29 August 1994 agreement on the preparatory transfer of powers and responsibilities, the Agreement between Israel and Jordan on the Common Agenda, the Washington Declaration, signed by Jordan and Israel on 25 July 1994, and the Jordan-Israel Treaty of Peace of 26 October 1994, which constitute important steps in achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, andurges all parties to implement the agreements reached;
Also expresses its support
for the ongoing negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization on modalities for elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the redeployment of Israeli forces, and the further transfer of responsibilities in the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority, and urges the parties to conclude these negotiations as soon as possible;
the results of the Conference to Support Middle East Peace, convened in Washington, D.C., on 1 October 1993, including the establishment of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, and the subsequent work of the World Bank Consultative Group, welcomes also the appointment by the Secretary-General of the United Nations Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories, and urges Member States to expedite and to increase economic, financial and technical assistance to the Palestinian people during the interim period;
the need to achieve rapid progress on the other tracks of the Arab-Israeli negotiations within the peace process;
all Member States to extend economic, financial and technical assistance to parties in the region and to render support for the peace process;
the Middle East/North Africa Economic Summit, to be held at Amman from 29 to 31 October 1995, and expresses the hope that this Summit will contribute to the promotion of regional and international cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa;
that an active United Nations role in the Middle East peace process and in assisting in the Implementation of the Declaration of Principles can make a positive contribution;
regional development and cooperation in the areas where work has already begun within the framework of the Madrid Conference."
/ A/48/486-S/26560, annex.
/ A/49/180-S/1994/727, annex.
/ A/49/300-S/1994/939, annex.
/ A/49/645, annex.