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115. The Ministers expressed outrage and condemned the willful killing, vast destruction and other atrocities committed by the Israeli occupying forces against the Palestinian people, especially since the start of the Israeli military assault on Palestinian cities and the Palestinian Authority on 29th March 2002. They expressed, in particular, grave concern about reports on war crimes and massacre committed in the Jenin refugee camp and in other Palestinian cities. In this regard, the Ministers rejected what has become an Israeli culture of acting with impunity and with disregard for resolutions of the UN Security Council. The Ministers stressed the need for full accountability and an end to the application of double standards.
116. The Ministers reiterated the traditional principled support of the Movement for the establishment of the independent State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital and the support for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land occupied since 1967, the dismantling of Israeli settlements, and a just solution of the Palestine refugee problem based on General Assembly resolution 194 (III) of 1948. The Ministers once more called for the upholding of international law and international humanitarian law and the implementation of relevant United Nations resolutions and reaffirmed the permanent responsibility of the United Nations towards the question of Palestine until it is effectively solved in all its aspects.
117. The Ministers welcomed the reconvening of the Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention on 5 December 2001 in Geneva and supported the important declaration adopted by the participating High Contracting Parties. The Ministers called for measures to be taken on the national, regional and international levels to fulfil the legal obligations of the High Contracting Parties to ensure respect by the occupying Power of the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem. The Ministers also stressed the international liability regarding grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and in this regard called for actions against the perpetrators by the United Nations system, including the Security Council or alternatively the General Assembly. The Ministers reiterated that Israeli representation in the work of the General Assembly and international conferences must be in conformity with international law and called for ensuring that Israeli credentials do not cover the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem.
118. The Ministers called for the intensification of efforts to end the current tragic situation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and in the Middle East region as a whole towards the conclusion of a final peace settlement. They reiterated their support for the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East based on Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) and the principle of land for peace and the existence of two States as envisaged in Security Council resolution 1397 (2002). The Ministers welcomed all efforts and positive contributions in that direction. In this regard, the Ministers specifically welcomed the peace initiative adopted by the Arab Summit in Beirut and also welcomed other efforts, including that of the Quartet. The Ministers stressed the need for a comprehensive approach in dealing with the situation, with a complete road map, including the final goal, mechanism and international presence on the ground. The Ministers called for an increased role and full engagement of the Security Council and expressed their support for the efforts and initiatives of the United Nations Secretary-General in this regard.
119. The Ministers reaffirmed that all measures and actions taken, or to be taken by Israel, the occupying power, such as its illegal decision of 14 December 1981 that purports to alter the legal, physical and demographic status of the occupied Syrian Golan and its institutional structure, as well as the Israeli measures to apply its jurisdiction and administration there, are null and void. The Ministers also reaffirmed that all such measures and actions constitute a flagrant violation of international law, international conventions, the Charter and decisions of the United Nations, particularly Security Council resolution 497 (1981), the Fourth Geneva Convention of 12 August 1949 on the protection of civilians in time of war, and the defiance of will of the international community. The Ministers reiterated the Movement’s demand that Israel comply with Security Council resolution 497 (1981) and withdraw fully from the occupied Syrian Golan, to the lines of 4 June 1967, in implementation of Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, and that Israel adheres to the Madrid terms of reference based on the principle of land for peace, which are in their entirety considered to be a primary and basic element in the negotiation process that should be adhered to, including the immediate commencement of the demarcation of the 4 June 1967 line.
120. The Ministers reaffirmed the NAM’s unwavering support and solidarity with the Syrian just demand and rights to restore the full Syrian sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan on the basis of the terms of reference of the Madrid peace process, the decisions of the international legitimacy, as well as the principle of land for peace. They again demanded that Israel respect all commitments and pledges it entered into with the aim of laying down the basis for a substantive progress on the Syrian-Israeli track.
121. The Ministers reaffirmed Lebanon’s legitimate right to defend its territories and to liberate the remaining parts under Israeli occupation, and in light of the continuous Israeli threats, aggressions and violations of the Lebanese territories, air, space and territorial waters, they reiterated their support for Lebanon’s demand to maintain the peacekeeping mission deployed in Southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) without any reduction in the number of its troops, or change in the nature of its mandate. They encouraged and supported all international efforts aimed at expediting the removal of land mines planted by Israel during its occupation of Southern Lebanon, and called on Israel to release all Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails, detained in defiance of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and its relevant protocols.
The Peace Process
122. The Ministers reaffirmed their support for the Middle East peace process based on Security Council Resolutions 242, 338, 425 and the principle of land for peace. They reiterated the need for ending the Israeli occupation of all occupied territories since 1967 and the establishment of the State of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital. The Ministers welcomed and supported the Arab peace initiative adopted by the 14th Arab Summit in Beirut. They urge the Security Council to act upon that initiative towards achieving just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
Security and Co-operation in the Mediterranean
170. On developments in the Mediterranean region, the Ministers reiterated the Movement’s determination to intensify the process of dialogue and consultations in the promotion of comprehensive and equitable co-operation in the region towards resolving the problems existing in the Mediterranean region, in the elimination of the causes of tension and the consequent threat to peace and security. Respect for the right to self-determination, elimination of foreign occupation and foreign bases and fleets, non-interference in the internal affairs and respect for the sovereignty of States are prerequisites for the establishment of peace and stability in the Mediterranean region.