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In the delicate situation in which the Middle East region finds itself, I should like to state, on behalf of the Arab Group, that the Arab position of solidarity is based on the following invariable elements:
The Arab Group affirms its support for Lebanon in asserting all of its rights and in taking all legitimate measures to liberate the occupied Shab`a farmlands and secure the return of the prisoners that Israel abducted from their homes in open defiance of international legality and international humanitarian law.
This attack is a manifest attempt to divert attention from the infamous Israeli practices and outrages against the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.
The Arab Group voices its concern at the ongoing series of Israeli threats against and attacks on the unity and integrity of Lebanese territory, and it declares its full solidarity with Lebanon and Syria in their coordinated action to counter this aggression and all the Israeli designs against the two countries.
The Arab Group urges the United Nations Secretariat to take the measures necessary to halt Israeli aggression against Lebanese territory and against the Syrian Arab forces operating there, to prevent any recurrence of such aggression and to require Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and implement the resolutions that embody international legitimacy.
The Arab Group would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm the continuing commitment of the Arab States to a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East in accordance with Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), the principle of land for peace, the Madrid terms of reference and the other relevant resolutions that represent international legitimacy and to reiterate their deep belief that it is such a peace that will provide the region with a climate of security and stability.