Palestine question/Peace process – GCC Supreme Council twenty-seventh session/Final communiqué – Note verbale from Saudi Arabia (excerpts)

Note verbale dated 10 April 2007 from the Permanent

Mission of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations addressed to

the Secretary-General



  The Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations presents its compliments to the Secretary-General and has the honour to request that the final document of the twenty-seventh session of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council, held in Riyadh on 9 and 10 December 2006, be circulated as a document of the General Assembly under agenda items 13, 14, 87, 93 and 100.

    Annex to the note verbale dated 10 April 2007 from the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


[Original: Arabic]



  Final communiqué of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council at its twenty-seventh session held in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 18 and 19 Dhu’lqa`dah A.H. 1427, corresponding to 9 and 10 December A.D. 2006



   “The Sheikh Jaber Summit”



  The Supreme Council reviewed recent developments in the Palestinian territory and the Middle East peace process, and declared the positions of the GCC States with respect to them as follows:

 •   It renewed its abhorrence and condemnation of continued Israeli acts of aggression against the Palestinian people and its perpetration of the most vicious massacres against them, the most recent of such crimes being the Beit Hanoun massacre whose victims were innocent civilians including children, the elderly and women.

 •   The Supreme Council affirmed that the GCC stood by the side of its Palestinian brethren, calling on the international community to move quickly to put an end to these repeated Israeli acts of aggression, and affirmed the need to hold an international conference to put an end to arbitrary Israeli measures and criminal acts and revive the peace process in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative, the Road Map and internationally recognized resolutions.

 •   In this context, the Council welcomed the United Nations General Assembly resolution which, by a large majority, had condemned Israel for the massacre it perpetrated at Beit Hanoun. It also welcomed resolutions related to the rights of the Palestinian people adopted by the Human Rights Council, which convened on 15 November 2006, the effort to make Israel release tax revenues owed to the Palestinian authority, and the international community’s effort to remove the siege and suffering being undergone by the brotherly Palestinian people. It also demanded the release of all prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons.

 •   The Supreme Council also called on the Palestinian leadership to make greater efforts to promote Palestinian accord and expedite the formation of a Palestinian government of national unity that made unity of purpose a priority, in order to enable the Palestinian people to achieve internal security and stability.

 •   The Council also affirmed that a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East would only come about through the establishment of an independent viable Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital, and Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Arab Golan to the line of 4 June 1967, as well as from the Shab`a farmlands in the South of Lebanon.

 •   In this context, the Council welcomed the ceasefire between the Palestinians and Israelis as an important step in the right direction, towards dialogue and a resumption of the peace process, stressing the importance of the parties adhering to that agreement and hoping that it would put a stop to acts of violence and counter-violence, bring about stability, open the way for the formation of a Palestinian national unity government, and help lift the unjust siege being imposed on the Palestinian people.

 •   The Council concluded that the lack of a just solution to the Palestinian problem and the vast suffering being borne by the Palestinian people, which exceeded the bounds of imagination, was the true cause of the worsening and multiplying conflicts in the Middle East. The Council demanded that the international community give the highest priority to reaching a just solution to that problem in accordance with the principles of international legitimacy, because temporary solutions or partial settlements were neither adequate nor acceptable if the region was to enjoy the blessings of security and stability.


  The Supreme Council looks forward to reconvening for its twenty-eighth session, scheduled to be held in the Sultanate of Oman in Dhu’lqa`da/Dhu’lhijjah A.H. 1428, corresponding to December A.D. 2007, at the kind invitation of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Sultan of Oman.


Sunday, 19 Dhu’lqa`da A.H. 1427, corresponding to 10 December A.D. 2006




Document symbol: A/61/848
Document Type: Communiqué, Note verbale
Document Sources: General Assembly, Gulf Cooperation Council, Security Council
Country: Saudi Arabia
Subject: Agenda Item, Holy places, Palestine question, Peace process
Publication Date: 10/04/2007

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