Minister Cowen welcomes UN Security Council Resolution 1397
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Brian Cowen T.D., welcomed this morning's decision by the UN Security Council to adopt a Resolution on the situation in the Middle East. Ireland was active in securing the adoption of this text. Resolution 1397, which refers for the first time in a Security Council Resolution to a State of Palestine was described by the Minister as:
" A landmark Resolution which offers a foundation for a just solution to one of the world's most intractable problems."
He also applauded the engagement of the United States, which tabled the Draft Resolution, saying that:
" It is essential for the credibility of the Security Council that it express itself clearly and decisively on this grave crisis which poses a serious threat to international peace and security."
Resolution 1397, which was adopted with the support of 14 members of the Security Council with one abstention (Syria) demands an immediate cessation of all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction.
It calls on both sides to cooperate in the implementation of the Tenet and Mitchell Recommendations with the aim of resuming negotiations on a political settlement.
Minister Cowen reaffirmed his consistent support for Tenet and Mitchell and said
"I now call on the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to assume their responsibilities and to proceed to the immediate implementation of the Tenet and Mitchell plans without further delay or preconditions. "