Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal last night left Sharm El-Sheikh, where he had led the Saudi delegation to the one-day “Summit of the Peacemakers”, and arrived in Cairo to attend the 105th session of the ministerial council of the League of Arab States.
At the peacemakers summit, Prince Saud made a statement on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz reaffirming that a just, comprehensive and durable peace in the Middle East could never be realized without the implementation of the UN Security Council’s resolutions relevant to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the principle of land for peace.
Following the summit, a statement was issued by co-sponsors Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and U.S. President Bill Clinton, in which the participants unanimously condemned terrorism and called for continuation of Arab-Israeli negotiations, expressing “full support for the Middle East Peace Process and their determination that this process continue in order to accomplish a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the region”. The statement outlined goals of enhancing the Middle East Peace Process; promoting security in the region; and defeating terrorism. The participants, representing 27 states, also stressed “their strong condemnation of all acts of terror in all its abhorrent forms, whatever the motivation and whoever the perpetrator” and reaffirmed “their intention to stand staunchly against all such acts and to urge all governments to join them in condemnation and opposition.” They further agreed to seek “coordination of efforts to stop acts of terror on bilateral, regional, and international levels by ensuring that instigators of such acts are brought to justice”.
The summit’s participants announced their decision to form an open task force with the purpose of preparing recommendations on the best methods of implementing the items in the statement.