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GCC Ministerial Council concludes 123rd meeting.

Jeddah, Rajab 15, 1433, Jun 5, 2012, SPA -- The Ministerial Council (foreign affairs level) of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) concluded in Jeddah today their 123rd meeting under the chairmanship of Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Foreign Minister, who is the President of the current rotating session. Foreign ministers of the GCC member states and its Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani took part in the meeting.

The Council reviewed the developments of the joint work, confirming the determination of the GCC to achieve more and more progress and development of the member countries of the group and support and enhance security and stability for their people. The GCC also discussed a number of regional and international political issues.

Jeddah, Rajab 15, 1433, Jun 5, 2012, SPA -- The Ministerial Council (foreign affairs level) of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) concluded in Jeddah today their 123rd meeting under the chairmanship of Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Foreign Minister, who is the President of the current rotating session. Foreign ministers of the GCC member states and its Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani took part in the meeting.

The Council reviewed the developments of the joint work, confirming the determination of the GCC to achieve more and more progress and development of the member countries of the group and support and enhance security and stability for their people. The GCC also discussed a number of regional and international political issues.

The meeting was briefed on the proceedings and outcomes of the 93rd meeting of the Financial and Economic Committee, an affiliate of the GCC Secretariat General, which approved the regulations of the Customs Union Commission kicked off on the first of this month.

The Council recommended that the Supreme Council approves the Ozone depleting materials governing system of the GCC after having been amended in response to Montreal Protocol recommendations issued during the 17th meeting of the Protocol's Parties in 2007.

Also forwarded to the Supreme Council's summit for approval is the GCC logo's regulations.

The Council assigned a special committee of experts and legal professionals to study the issue of ads and statements usually issued by the GCC Secretariat General.

The meeting was briefed on the progress of negotiations at the First Ministerial Meeting of the Strategic Cooperation Forum between the GCC and the U.S. held in Riyadh on 31 March 2012, including the formation of joint committees and task teams in economic, political, security and military fields.

The Ministerial Council reaffirmed GCC member states firm stance to counter all forms and shapes of terrorism and extremism, regardless of their motivations, justifications and sources. The ministers commended the GCC member states exerted efforts in taking executive measures to reactivate related resolutions, in this respect, reiterating their support for any regional or international effort aiming at countering terrorism, and, coincidently asserting the importance of activating resolutions and statements issued by regional as well as international organizations and conferences, related to counter terrorism.

In this context, the Ministerial Council welcomed the outcomes of the 2nd meeting of the Advisory Council for UN Counter Terrorism Center, which was held on June, 03, 2012, in order to achieve the utmost coordination and cooperation between the members of international community.

The Ministerial Council also highly valued the United Arab Emirates for hosting the 2nd conference on countering maritime piracy in Dubai on 27-28 of June.

The Ministerial Council reiterated its firm stances in rejecting Iran's continuous occupation of the three isles of Tunb the Greater, Tunb the Lesser and Abu Musa of the United Arab Emirates, which were stressed in all previous statements, through: -Backing the United Arab Emirates' sovereignty on the three isles, their territorial waters, air space, continental shelf and Special Economic Zone, as an indispensable parts of the United Arab Emirates.

-Expressing sorrow on failure that contacts with Iran failed to yield any positive outcomes that would lead to solve the issue of the three isles, in a way that contributes to consolidating the regional security and stability.

-confirming that any behaviors or acts done by Iran at the isles are null and void, and will not change the historical and legal realities which endorse the United Arab Emirates' right of sovereignty on the isles.

-Calling on Iran to respond positively to the United Arab Emirates pleas to solve the issue through, either direct negotiations or taking it to the International Court of Justice.

The Ministerial Council strongly reiterated rejecting and denouncing continuous Iranian intervention in the internal affairs of the GCC member states and its violation of their sovereignty and independence. The meeting demanded Iran to abandon, immediately, such behaviors which do not serve the developing of relations with it, calling it to fully commit with the good neighborliness principles, stop intervening in the internal affairs of the GCC member states, observe mutual respect of international norms, laws and charters, solve disputes through peaceful means and direct dialogue, non use of force or threat to use it, in a way that would maintain regional security and stability.

On the Iranian file, the Ministerial Council expressed grave concern at the continuing Iranian nuclear crisis, and in this regard, the Council followed up the results of two rounds of talks that took place in Istanbul and Baghdad between the G5 + 1 and Iran.

The Ministerial Council reiterated the importance of Iran's commitment to cooperate fully and transparently with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

It also reiterated its firm stances on the importance of adhering to the principles of international legitimacy, settling of conflicts by peaceful means and making the Middle East, including the Arabian Gulf, free of weapons of mass destruction and nuclear weapons.

The Council affirmed the right of the region's countries to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Convention, the importance of applying these standards by all countries in the region, stressing the necessity of Israel's accession to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and submitting all its nuclear facilities to international inspection.

Regarding the situations in the Palestinian territories, and the developments of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the GCC Ministerial Council reviewed developments of the Palestinian cause, stressing that a comprehensive, just and lasting peace can't be achieved without the the complete Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab territories to the June 4, 1967 parallel in Palestine, the occupied Syrian Arab Golan, the territories which are still occupied in southern Lebanon, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in East Al-Quads.

It also expressed concern over the faltering Palestinian reconciliation process and the failure to implement any of the agreements agreed upon and called for the implementation of all the terms of Cairo Agreement and Doha Declaration in addition to overcoming all obstacles.

The GCC Ministerial Council condemned the continuation of Israeli settlement policies and programs in the occupied Arab territories designed to change the geographical features and the Judaization of East Al-Quds.

It commended the United Nations Human Rights Council's adoption on March 22, 2012 of a resolution on "the formation of the first independent international fact-finding mission on the repercussions of Israeli settlements on civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people."

Regarding Iraq, the GCC Ministerial Council listened to a briefing by Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamd Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, on the results of his visit to Baghdad at the head of his country's delegation in the meetings of the Kuwaiti-Iraqi Joint Supreme Committee on 29/4/2012.

The Council considered the visit as a serious step toward finding solutions to all outstanding problems between the two countries, stressing the need for Iraq to implement all the commitments in this regard and translate them on the ground.

It also stressed the need for Iraq to complete the implementation of all UN Security Council relevant resolutions, including the completion of the issue of protecting the border markers in implementation of resolution 833, and the completion of the issue of compensation of Iraqi farmers in implementation of resolution 899.

On the Yemeni Affair, the GCC Ministerial Council condemned the savage terrorist operation that took place in Sana'a on May, 21, 2012, that led to the death of scores of innocent, civil and military victims, confirming that all efforts should come together to protect the transitional process.

The Council welcomed the resolutions and steps taken by the Yemeni President Abdu Rabo Mansur Hadi to implement the GCC-sponsored initiative and its protocol, expressing support to complete its other items, and welcomed, also the abiding by all other components of the International Security Council's resolution 2014, emphasizing confidence that Yemen under the leadership of the elect President and the Government of National conciliation is capable of achieving the aspirations of the fraternal Yemeni people.

It also commended the outcomes of the Conference of the Friends of Yemen, which took place in Riyadh on May, 23, 2012 and reviewed the outcome of the 10th meeting of the Joint Technical Committee to specify Republic of Yemen development needs, which was held at the General Secretariat premises on 6-7 of May, 2012, and lauded the progress made in development projects, funded by the GCC member States, instructed to carry on with their completion and welcomed the opening of an office affiliated to the GCC General Secretariat in the Republic of Yemen.

On the Sudanese Affair, the Ministerial Council welcomed the Resolution of African Peace and Security Council on April, 24, 2012 on the roadmap to solve all disputed issues between the two republics of Sudan and South Sudan.

It welcomed also the International Security Council Resolution No. 2046 issued on May, 2, 2012 on the events that took place in Heglig, and the resolution issued by the Arab League Council in its extraordinary session at ministerial level which held in Doha on June, 3, 2012, hoping that the two sides will, positively, respond to the requirements of the resolutions that would lead to end all pending issues and to achieve last peace for both of them.

-- SPA 22:25 LOCAL TIME 19:25 GMT

The Council calls for Iraq to accelerate the implementation of these resolutions, and to identify the remaining prisoners and missing citizens of the State of Kuwait and other citizens of other countries, and the return of property and the National Archives of the State of Kuwait.

It urged the United Nations and other relevant bodies to continue their valuable efforts to meet those commitments

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