Magazine article DISAM Journal

Gulf Cooperation Council-Plus-Two Ministerial Joint Settlement

Magazine article DISAM Journal

Gulf Cooperation Council-Plus-Two Ministerial Joint Settlement

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Media Note Office of the Spokesman Washington D.C.

[The following are excerpts from a media note issued jointly by participating Foreign Ministers following the Gulf Cooperation Council, plus-two ministerial meetings on January 16, 2007, in Kuwait City, Kuwait.]

Motivated by their shared vision of astable, peaceful and prosperous Middle East, and acting within a framework of partnership consistent with the principle of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Egypt, Jordan, and the United States, with the participation of the Secretary-General of the GCC, met today in Kuwait City to affirm their commitment to continue their cooperation to promote regional security and peace. The participants affirmed the value of these meetings as a means to consult and exchange views and to consider common approaches to key issues of the day.

Agreeing that the peace and security of the Middle East including the Gulf Region are critical to the health of the global economy and international stability, and its destabilization would threaten the vital national interests of all, the participants resolve to continue their long-standing cooperation against such threats. The participants affirmed that disputes among states should be settled peacefully and in accordance with international norms, and that relations among all countries should be based on mutual respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states, and on the principle of noninterference in the internal affairs of other nations.

The participants reiterated their condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and reaffirmed the February 2005 Riyadh Declaration, which calls for the following:

   Fostering the values of understanding, tolerance, dialogue,
   coexistence, pluralism and the rapprochement between cultures. For
   fighting any form of ideology that promotes hatred, incites
   violence, and condones terrorist crimes, which can by no means be
   accepted by any religion law.

The participants agreed on the following principles on Iraq: that a stable, prosperous, and unified Iraq, based on respect for Iraq's territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty is in the interest of all countries: that efforts to achieve national reconciliation that encompasses all elements of Iraqi society without excluding any group should be strongly supported: that sectarian violence aimed at undermining the ability of the Iraqi people to live in peace and security should be condemned; and that all militia should be disarmed and dismantled. In this vein, the participants, expressed their collective desire to prevent Iraq from becoming a battleground for regional and international powers and urged all to help end sectarian violence in Iraq. The ministers expressed the hope that the Iraqi government will actively engage all components of the Iraqi people in a real political process and act in a manner that ensures inclusiveness and paves the way for the success of national reconciliation. …

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