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SC/7503
16 September 2002


MINISTERS FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF SECURITY COUNCIL'S FIVE PERMANENT
MEMBERS, SECRETARY-GENERAL MEET, DISCUSS RANGE OF ISSUES
(Delayed in Transmission)


Following is the statement issued after the 13 September meeting between the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the five permanent members of the Security Council:  Tang Jiaxuan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China; Dominique de Villepin, Minister for Foreign Affairs, France; Igor Ivanov, Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Russian Federation; Jack Straw, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, United Kingdom; Colin Powell, Secretary of State, United States; and Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.

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The Ministers reiterated their determination to promote a just, comprehensive and lasting settlement of the Middle East conflict on the basis of the Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and 1397 (2002), the Madrid terms of reference, and the principle of land for peace.  They strongly support the goal of achieving a final Israeli-Palestinian settlement, and remain committed to implementing the vision of two States, Israel and an independent, viable and democratic Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.  They strongly and unequivocally condemn all acts of violence and terrorism.  The Ministers are increasingly concerned at the mounting humanitarian crisis in Palestinian areas and, while recognizing Israel’s legitimate security concerns, call on Israel to take the immediate measures necessary to alleviate humanitarian sufferings of the Palestinian people.  They expressed support for advancing Palestinian reforms.

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