just demand and rights to restore the full Syrian sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan on the basis of the terms of reference of the Arab peace initiative, the Madrid peace process, the UN Security Council resolutions, as well as the principle of land for peace. They again demanded that Israel respects all commitments and pledges it entered into with the aim of laying down the basis for a substantive progress on the Syrian-Israeli track.
The Ministers reaffirmed Lebanon’s legitimate right to defend its territories and to liberate the remaining parts under Israeli occupation and demanded that Israel puts an end to its continuous: threats, aggression and violations of the Lebanese territories, air space and territorial waters. They reiterated their support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Lebanon and its right on its natural resources and for Lebanon’s demand to maintain the peacekeeping mission deployed in Southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) without any further reduction in the number of its troops and without any change in the nature of its mandate in accordance with Resolutions 425 (1978) and 426 (1978). They encouraged and supported all international efforts aimed at expediting the removal of landmines planted by Israel during its occupation of Southern Lebanon, and called for an end to the continuing Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty and for the release of all Lebanese detained in Israel, in defiance of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and its relevant protocols.
The Peace Process
The Ministers reaffirmed their support for the Middle East peace process based on Security Council Resolutions 242, 338, 425, 1397 and 1515 and the principle of land for peace. They reiterated the need for ending the Israeli occupation of all occupied territories since 1967 and the establishment of the State of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital. The Ministers welcomed and supported the Arab peace initiative adopted by the 14th Arab Summit in Beirut. They urged the Security Council to act upon that initiative towards achieving just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
The Ministers reiterated their continued support for the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and welcomed the decision of the African Union (AU) at the 2nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and
Government of the African Summit of the AU in Addis of NEPAD into the AU
Union held in Maputo from 10 to 12 July 2003, and the 3rd Ababa from 6 – 8 July 2004, which mandated the integration
community to honour and renew their strong General Assembly Resolutions 57/2 and 57/7
support, as reflected in the adoption of of 16 September 2002 and 4 November
2002 respectively. The Ministers welcomed the briefing by the President and Chairperson of the African Union, H.E. Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki on the 8th ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 5 November 2002, the strategic partnership for development between ASEAN and Africa.
of South Africa NEPAD during which launched
The Ministers welcomed the transition from the Organisation of African Unity to the African Union and took note of the holding of the First Summit of the African Union held