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Press Release
UNITED NATIONS
Department of Public Information · News Coverage Service · New York


Security Council
4511th Meeting (Night)
SC/7360
10 April 2002


 
SECURITY COUNCIL EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR JOINT STATEMENT ON MIDDLE EAST

ISSUED TODAY BY UN, UNITED STATES, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, EUROPEAN UNION
 
  The Security Council this evening expressed its support for the Joint Statement issued in Madrid today on the situation in the Middle East by the Secretary-General, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Spain, the Secretary of State of the United States, and the High Representative for the European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy.
 
In a statement read out by its President, Sergey Lavrov (Russian Federation), the Council called upon the Government of Israel, the Palestinian Authority and all States in the region to cooperate with the efforts to achieve the goals set out in the Joint Statement and insisted on the immediate implementation of resolutions 1402 (2002) and 1403 (2002).
 
The Joint Statement reiterates that there is no military solution to the conflict and calls on the parties to move towards a political solution of their disputes based on resolutions 242 (1968) and 338 (1973), as well as the principle of land for peace.  It also reaffirms support for the objective expressed by the President of the United States, George Bush, spelled out in resolution 1397 (2002), of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side within secure and recognized borders.  The Statement warmly welcomes the Saudi Arabian peace initiative as a significant contribution towards a comprehensive peace, that will include Syria and Lebanon.
 
To enable progress towards shared goals, the Joint Statement reaffirms that resolution 1402 (2002) must be fully implemented immediately, as called for in resolution 1403 (2002).  It calls for Israel to immediately halt its military operations.  It further calls for a meaningful ceasefire and immediate Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian cities, including Ramallah, and specifically Chairman Yasser Arafat’s headquarters.
 
According to the Joint Statement, the Quartet stands ready to assist the parties in implementing their agreements, in particular, the Tenet security work plan and the Mitchell recommendations, including a third-party mechanism, as agreed to by all parties.
 
The meeting began at 7:34 p.m. and was adjourned at 7:39 p.m.
 
The full text of the presidential statement, which will be issued as S/PRST/2002/9, reads as follows:

 
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Related documents:
- Secretary-General's remarks at Conference
- Quartet Madrid Press Conference
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