dispute were ratified.
The Ministers noted that Guatemala has since stated, in its letters of August 25th, 2003 and February 24, 2004 that it was not in a position to accept said Proposals or put them to referendum, although it expressed a willingness to continue negotiations within the OAS framework to find a just, equitable and permanent solution to the territorial dispute.
The Ministers noted that the Parties have agreed to hold a meeting at Ministerial level in the near future to agree on a new mechanism for resolving the territorial claim definitively and quickly, and to agree on new and expanded confidence building measures to improve relations.
The Ministers commended the Parties on this initiative and urge the international community to provide every assistance that will make the proposed mechanism effective.
The Ministers stressed their full support for the actions of the Colombian government aimed at restoring the security, tranquillity and welfare of the Colombian people within the framework of the rule of law and the effective exercise of human rights and international humanitarian law. They also expressed their support to the Colombian government in its quest for negotiated peaceful solutions to overcome internal security concerns. They reiterated their condemnation of terrorist acts perpetrated by illegal armed groups in Colombia, which have claimed numerous lives and injured numerous civilians, and stressed that such acts, like any act of terrorism, are a threat to peace and security. They reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to peace and security caused by terrorists acts, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under United Nations General Assembly and Security Council resolutions including Resolution 1373(2001) to work together and co- operate with and provide support and assistance as appropriate, to the Colombian authorities in their efforts to find and bring to justice the perpetrators, organisers and sponsors of this terrorists attacks.