|Iraq : Jordan-UK Joint Statemen|
Iraq : Jordan-UK Joint Statement
Prime Minister Tony Blair and King Abdullah of Jordan have issued a joint statement calling on Iraq to comply fully with UN resolution 1441 following their meeting at Downing Street on tuesday. Both leaders also stressed the urgent need for progress towards a resolution of the Israeli / Palestinian dispute. Source: Prime Minister Website, London, February 25, 2003.
'The UK and Jordan have an excellent bilateral relationship; we are and have been allies for many years. This relationship has continued to deepen under the reign of King Abdullah and there is a regular exchange of visits between the two countries, with the last meeting between Prime Minister Blair and King Abdullah taking place last month in Aqaba. Today's meeting further demonstrates our mutual interest in strengthening cooperation on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues.
On Iraq, both the UK and Jordan favour a peaceful solution through full Iraqi disarmament. We are expending every effort and exploring every avenue to achieve this. But time is running out. It is now fifteen weeks since Resolution 1441 was passed unanimously by the UN Security Council. Iraq must now comply actively, fully and completely with the Resolution. The UK and Jordan agree that this is the final opportunity for peace in the region and we call on Iraq not to lose this opportunity.
The UK and Jordan agree on the urgent need for progress towards a resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian dispute. Stability in the region can only be achieved through a just and lasting settlement which delivers a viable Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel. The Arab Peace Initiative and the work of the Quartet are vital elements of the international community's efforts to promote a comprehensive peace. We also support early publication and implementation of the Roadmap.
The international community is determined to tackle the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Occupied Territories and to assist Palestinian reform efforts. The appalling suffering of both peoples cannot be allowed to continue. We urge Israel and the Palestinian Authority to commit to finding a political solution.'