Statements by The Five Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council
at the 56th Sessioof the United Nations General Assembly
{The Part related to the Middle East}

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

President George W. Bush

Saturday, 10th November 2001
 

The, American government also stands by its commitment to a just peace in the Middle East. We are working toward a day when two states - Israel and Palestine - live peacefully together, within secure and recognized borders, as called for by Security Council resolutions. We will do all in our power to bring both parties back into negotiations. But peace will only come when all have sworn off - forever - incitement, violence, and terror.
 

The European Union

H.E. Mr. LOUIS MICHEL,
PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN
UNION, VICE PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF
FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF BELGIUM

Saturday, 10th November 2001
 

The European Union remains gravely concerned by the situation in the Middle East and continues to act on a daily basis, in conjunction with other States, to persuade the parties to put an end to the infernal cycle of violence. Everyone must realize that there is no alternative to the peace process. The recommendations of the report of the Fact Finding Committee ("Mitchell Report") should be implemented without delay and efforts concentrated on urgently opening up the prospect of a peaceful solution.
 

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

H.E. Mr. Tang Jiaxuan
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of Delegation
of The People's Republic of China

Sunday, 11th November 2001
 

We are following with deep concern the current developments in the Middle East. The Israel-Palestine conflict which broke out in September last year has gone on unabated. It not only poses a grave threat to the Middle East peace process and regional stability, but also exerts an increasingly negative impact on world peace. China supports the relevant UN resolutions and the principle of land for peace. It also supports the Palestinian people in their just cause to regain legitimate national rights and interests. We hope that the Israeli and Palestinian sides will take constructive measures and closely co-ordinate with the international community in its mediating efforts so as to create conditions for easing the tension and reactivating the peace talks process. China supports a greater role of the Security Council in this respect.
 

UNITED KINGDOM
 

THE RT HON JACK STRAW MP,
SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Sunday, 11th November 2001
 

Nowhere are these tensions greater than in the Middle East. The path to a settlement there is plain. It has to be based on a political process, which implements UN Resolutions. It must deliver security for Israel within recognized borders, while at the same time creating a viable Palestinian state.
 
 

Russian Federation

H.E. Mr. Igor S. Ivanov
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Friday, 16th November 2001
 

The international experience shows that new threats and challenges take on particularly dangerous forms in the zones of instability and regional conflicts, whether in Afghanistan or the Middle East, or the Balkans. Successful prevention and settlement of regional conflicts should be integral elements of counter-terrorist activities of the international community.