|Peace Initiative Adopted by Arab Summit|
Peace Initiative Adopted by Arab Summit
Source: FCO, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, March 28, 2002.
Commenting on the Arab peace initiative adopted by the Arab Summit in Beirut today, the Foreign Secretary’s spokesperson said:
'We welcome the endorsement today by the Arab Summit in Beirut of Crown Prince Abdullah’s initiative. We urge Israel to respond positively to the assurances the Arab states have offered on its future security.
'A comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East is attainable. The Arab Summit outcome strengthens the consensus on the broad outlines of a settlement based on the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. This means two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side within secure and recognised borders.
'Political progress is essential if we are to take the initiative away from extremists. We condemn unreservedly the suicide bombing in Netanya yesterday in which at least 20 people died, as we do all terrorist acts. We urge the Palestinian Authority to do all it can to prevent such atrocities, and Israel to choose restraint rather than revenge. We call on both parties to redouble their efforts with US envoy Anthony Zinni to move ahead with agreement and implementation of a revised Tenet security workplan and the political confidence-building measures recommended in the Mitchell Report.'