places of worship, holy sites, police stations, government offices, hospitals, health centres, other public facilities, diplomats and diplomatic premises; kidnappings and assassinations of Iraqi religious figures, professionals and eminent personalities and hostage takings and executions of foreign workers.
The Ministers condemned the genocide of innocent Iraqis committed by the former regime and considered this as a crime against humanity. They demanded the trial of those responsible and called upon Member States and the international community not to provide refuge to convicted officials of the former regime, who have committed such crimes against Iraqis and others.
The Ministers welcomed the announcement by the Iraqi Interim Government to establish good relations between Iraq and its Neighbouring States, based on mutual respect and principle of non- interference in their internal affairs, as well as to abide by the existing treaties and agreements, particularly those relevant to internationally recognized borders, and invited Iraq and its Neighbouring Countries to actively cooperate to promote peace and stability in the region and prevent illegal border crossing , in line with the statements issued in the meetings of the Neighbouring Countries of Iraq.
The Ministers called upon all countries and specialized International Organizations to make collective international efforts to stop the illegal trade and smuggling of cultural artefacts of Iraqi archaeological heritage, and stressed the importance of returning all stolen pieces, wherever found.
The Ministers pledged the full support of the Member States for the Iraqi people in their endeavour to rebuild their country and urged the international community to provide urgent assistance needed in this regard. They appealed to all States and International Financial Institutions to contribute to the alleviation of the financial burden on Iraq by writing off or reducing Iraqi debts.
The Ministers expressed their concern over the fact that the Korean Peninsula still remains divided in spite of desires and aspirations of the Korean people for reunification and reaffirmed their support to the Korean people to reunify their homeland through dialogue and negotiations based on the three principles set forth in the North-South Joint Statement on 4 July 1972 and Agreement concluded in February 1992.
The Ministers noted the importance of guaranteeing a durable peace and security in the Korean Peninsula for the sake of the common prosperity of the Korean people as well as the peace and security of Northeast Asia and the rest of the world. They in particular, expressed their hope that the Korean peninsula would be reunified through the genuine aspirations and concerted efforts of the Korean peoples themselves in a way as is stated in the North South Joint Declaration issued at the historic North-South Summit talks held in Pyongyang on 15 June 2000.
The Ministers expressed serious concern over the recent developments on the Korean Peninsula. They expressed hope that these issues be resolved peacefully, including through dialogue and negotiations. They called upon all parties concerned to do everything possible to resolve the nuclear issue peacefully. They also recognised the