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UNITED
NATIONS
A S

        General Assembly
        Security Council
A/51/975
S/1997/707

11 September 1997

GENERAL ASSEMBLY SECURITY COUNCIL
Fifty-first session Fifty-second year
Agenda items 33 and 35
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
QUESTION OF PALESTINE

Letter dated 9 September 1997 from the Chargé d'affaires a.i. of
the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations addressed
to the Secretary-General


I have the honour to enclose herewith the final communiqué that was issued at the end of a summit hosted by Egypt on 7 September 1997 between His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan, His Excellency President Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, and His Excellency President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.

I should be grateful if you would kindly circulate the present letter and its annex as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda items 33 and 35, and of the Security Council.

(Signed) Soliman AWAAD
Chargé d'affaires a.i.


ANNEX
[Original: Arabic]
Final communiqué of the talks held in Cairo on 7 September 1997
by King Hussein Bin Talal, President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and
President Yasser Arafat


At the kind invitation of His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, His Majesty King Hussein Bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and President Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, met in Cairo on Sunday, 7 September 1997, in order to discuss the current situation in the Middle East region and the challenges facing the process of achieving a comprehensive and just peace.

The assembled leaders agreed that the situation currently obtaining in the region constituted a grave danger for all their peoples and presented a genuine threat to their vital interests in the present and for the future. Concerted efforts are therefore required by all forces that believe in peace so as to thwart those hostile to peace and prepare on an urgent basis for the resumption of negotiations on all tracks in accordance with the terms of reference accepted by international consensus, approved by all the parties concerned without exception and based on the steps taken thus far with the blessing of the peoples of the region. These terms of reference are epitomized in the relevant Security Council resolutions, the principle of "land for peace" and the achievement of the legitimate political rights of the Palestinian people.

The assembled leaders called upon the entire international community and, in particular, upon the Powers that play a fundamental role in sponsoring the peace process to intensify their efforts and give increased attention to confronting the dangers that threaten the peace process. They discussed the means available to have them play a more active role and make a greater contribution to assisting the parties directly concerned in the conflict to overcome the existing obstacles and extricate themselves from the present critical situation, which is greatly damaging for all the regional and international forces concerned. In this connection, the assembled leaders welcomed the mission to the region of the Secretary of State of the United States of America, to be undertaken in the next few days, and they conveyed to her their best wishes for the success of that mission.

The three leaders reiterate the importance of endeavouring to revive hope among all the peoples of the region for the achievement of peace and to enhance their commitment to peace as a fixed strategic objective from which there can be no retreat and on which there can be no haggling. They do so in the belief that peace is the natural and moral option urged by all the divinely revealed religions and one on which a universal popular consensus has taken shape. It is the road that leads to the achievement of security, stability and prosperity, as was unanimously affirmed by the leaders of the Arab countries at their summit meeting held in Cairo on 23 June 1996. Accordingly, it is in the interest of all peoples that they should resolutely oppose all assertions that cast doubt on the viability of peace, that daily raise obstacles to it and that promote vengeful and hostile attitudes in an endeavour by those who make such assertions to assail the gains and achievements that have already been made along the road to a just and comprehensive peace and to retreat from the commitments and undertakings that the parties have assumed in a framework of reciprocity and mutual interest.

The assembled leaders are of the view that, to salvage the peace process from the dangers that it faces, the parties directly concerned are required to take tangible and specific steps that include, first and foremost:

In concluding their talks, the assembled leaders agreed to maintain contact with each other and with the parties concerned with a view to extricating the peace process from the present crisis for the good of all the peoples of the region.

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