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UN Resolution 1397

Following a late-night debate on March 12, 2003 the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution that endorses a "vision of a region where two states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side within secure and recognized borders."

india Updated: Jun 26, 2003 19:32 IST

The full text of UNSC Resolution 1397 is as follows:

UN Security Council
12 March 2002

United States of America: Resolution 1397

The Security Council

Recalling all its previous relevant resolutions, in particular resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973),

Affirming a vision of a region where two States, Israel and Palestine, live side-by-side within secure and recognized borders,

Expressing its grave concern at the continuation of the tragic and violent events that have taken place since September 2000, especially the recent attacks and the increased number of casualties,

Stressing the need for all concerned to ensure the safety of civilians,

Stressing also the need to respect the universally accepted norms of international humanitarian law,

Welcoming and encouraging the diplomatic efforts of special envoys from the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the European Union and the United Nations Special Coordinator and others, to bring about a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.

Welcoming the contribution of Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah,

(1) Demands immediate cessation of all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction;

(2) Calls upon the Israeli and Palestinian sides and their leaders to cooperate in the implementation of the Tenet work plan and Mitchell Report recommendations with the aim of resuming negotiations on a political settlement;

(3) Expresses support for the efforts of the Secretary-General and others to assist the parties to halt the violence and to resume the peace process.

(4) Decides to remain seized of the matter.

(The resolution was adopted in a 14-0 vote, with Syria abstaining)

First Published: Jun 26, 2003 19:22 IST