2001 Public Statement

Final communiqué of 13th Arab Summit, Amman
The leaders of the League of Arab States meeting in Amman, Jordan, have issued the following statement.

1)     The Arab leaders confirm that convoking an Arab Summit periodically and regularly every year constitutes a new momentum to joint Arab action and aims at tackling the vital issues of the Arab World.
2)     Concerning the Palestinian issue, the Arab leaders
a)     reviewed the critical situation witnessed by the Palestinian people due to the widespread aggression launched by the occupation forces against them, with the use of all kinds and means of oppression and harm, including internationally-banned weapons, in addition to tightening the economic blockade and continuing to build settlements, proceeding with the killings and demolition of homes, in flagrant breach of the international agreements and treaties in this regard.
b)     paid tribute to the Palestinians' steadfastness and their courageous intifada, declaring the Arab stance at their side in their daily struggle to resist the occupation until their national just demands are observed, including the right of return and the right to establish an independent Palestinian State with the Al Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital.
c)     called on the signatories of the 1948 Fourth Geneva Convention to hold a conference as soon as possible and take the necessary measures to protect Palestinian civilians.
d)     demanded that the UN Security Council to shoulder its responsibility to provide the necessary international protection for the Palestinians, and bring to justice the Israeli war criminals who committed atrocities against Arab nationals both inside and outside the occupied territories.
e)     expressed resentment at the use by the United States of its veto in the Security Council against a draft resolution on protecting the Palestinian people and establishing a UN observer force, and completely rejected the U.S. excuses in this regard.
f)      assigned the Supreme Council of the Al-Aqsa and intifada Funds to support the budget of the Palestinian Authority and, in particular, to pay the needed amount of money to support the Authority's budget for the next six months.
g)     warned the government of Israel of the consequences of its dissociation from the bases, references and principles on which the peace process was based in Madrid in 1991.
h)     stressed the inseparability of the Lebanese and Syrian tracks from the Palestinian track and affirmed their adherence to the UN Security Council resolutions.
i)      resolved to continue the suspension of Arab countries' participation in multilateral negotiations and the cessation of all activities of regional economic cooperation with Israel; and to confront firmly Israeli attempts to infiltrate into the Arab World under any name, to halt the establishment of any relations with Israel, and to demand activation of a boycott on Israel through regular convening of the Arab boycott conferences that are called for by the relevant bureau.
3)     The Arab leaders stressed their solidarity with Syria and Lebanon and rejected recent Israeli threats against these two Arab countries, as well as against Palestinians, and called for a clear Arab strategy to be drawn up in order to uncover Israel's designs that do not serve peace and threaten security and stability in the region. They affirmed their support for Lebanon in completing the liberation of its territories to the internationally recognized borders, including the Shaba'a farms, praising the Lebanese resistance and calling for the release of Lebanese prisoners of war and detainees in Israeli jails.
4)     The Arab leaders stressed that the achievement of peace and security in the Middle East region requires that Israel join the treat of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and to open up its nuclear facilities to international inspection.
5)     The Arab leaders stressed the importance of making the Middle East a region free of nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction.
6)     The Arab leaders stressed the sovereignty of the United Arab Emirates over its three islands, and called on Iran to end its occupation of the islands and pursue peaceful means for resolving the dispute, including referring it to the international court of justice.
7)     The Arab leaders renewed their support and solidarity with Libya in its demand for the UN Security Council to immediately and finally lift the sanctions imposed on it, and do not consider themselves bound to the sanctions if they continue after Libya has fulfilled its obligations as provided by the relevant UN resolutions. The Arab leaders declared that Libya has the right to obtain compensation for the material damages inflicted upon it because of the sanctions.
8)     The Arab leaders welcomed the efforts of the transitional government of Somalia to achieve national unity.
9)     The Arab leaders stressed their desire for the unity of territorial integrity of Sudan, and their support for the Egyptian-Libyan initiative in order to achieve national reconciliation in the Arab African country.
10) The Arab leaders stressed their concern for the national unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Comoros Islands, and resolved to offer financial support to aid them in reconstruction.
11) The Arab leaders affirmed their support for Arab economic integration and stressed the need to develop Arab potential in the field of information and telecommunications.
12) The Arab leaders emphasized the importance of enhancing Arab relations with neighboring countries.
13) The Arab leaders stressed the necessity of continual enhancement of cooperation with African countries, and elimination of barriers to this.
14) The Arab leaders stressed the necessity of enhancing cooperation with European countries, such as revival of Arab-European dialogue and development of relations in all fields.
15) The Arab leaders thanked the outgoing Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Esmat Abdulmajeed for his leadership of the affairs of joint Arab effort.
16) The Arab leaders unanimously elected Egyptian foreign minister Amr Musa as the new Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, and authorized him to take the necessary steps to reform the post.
17) The Arab leaders thanked the chairman and members of the follow-up committee for their efforts, emphasized the importance of this committee in implementation of the Summit's resolutions and decided the continuation of its work, resolving that the committee meet bimonthly at the ministerial level and monthly at the level of permanent delegates or personal representatives of the ministers at the Arab League headquarters or one of the member countries of the committee.
18) The Arab leaders resolved that the next session of the Arab League at Summit level be convened in Beirut, Lebanon during March of 2002, and that Bahrain would assume the Presidency of the Summit Council in March of 2003.
19) The Arab leaders considered the address of Jordanian King Abdullah II as one of the documents of the Summit, and expressed thanks to Jordan for hosting the Summit.