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GCC welcomes UNSCR 2139 to lifting siege on Syrian cities
March 5, 2014, 9:16 am

The GCC Foreign Ministerial Council Tuesday welcomed UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2139, which called for lifting siege on Syrian cities, halting raids on civilians and facilitating passage of humanitarian convoys.

The council, at the end of its one-day meeting, chaired by Kuwait's Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, called on all UNSC members to exercise more pressure upon the Syrian regime to abide by resolution 2139 in order to alleviate suffering of the Syrian people.

It regretted the failure of the Geneva II conference to have concrete results that would have ended suffering of the Syrian people. It said the Syrian regime must implement the communique of the Geneva I, which called for a political transition in the troubled country.

The Foreign Ministers welcomed outcome of the second donors conference for the Syrian people, which was held in Kuwait last January 15, as well as hailing results of the Friends of Syria meeting in Paris on January 13.

Thy condemned the "irresponsible" statements by some Iranian officials against the Kingdom of Bahrain, considering them blatant violations in Bahrain's internal affairs.

They said relations with Iran should be based on good neighborliness, non-interference in internal affairs, respecting of sovereignty of regional countries and refraining from use of force.

On Iran's nuclear program, the ministerial council called for compliance with the interim agreement signed between Tehran and the P5+1 group in Geneva on November 24, 2013 in order to brush aside the concerns over the controversial program.

The GCC foreign ministers, meanwhile, reiterated firm support of the Palestinian cause to ultimately establish the independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, in line with relevant UN resolution and the Arab peace initiative.

They said the building of settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank was violating the international law, the fourth Geneva convention and UN resolutions, and showed how the Israelis were undermining all peaceful efforts.

The foreign ministers welcomed outcome of the national dialogue in Yemen that would contribute to security, stability and prosperity of the country. They also welcomed formation of government in Lebanon and hoped it would activate its non-interference policy vis-a-vis the Syrian crisis thus contributing to unity, security and independence.

They condemned the bomb attacks in Iraqi cities, calling upon all parties in the country back national reconciliation to bring about success for the political process.
They underlined importance of Iraq's non-interference in affairs of the GCC countries in order to build trust, and boost security and stability in the Arabian Gulf region.

The ministerial council supported the transfer of the file of Kuwaiti prisoners and missing, and return of Kuwaiti properties to the UNAMI. They hoped the Iraqi government continue cooperation with Kuwait and the international community in that respect.

On the other hand, the foreign ministers approved allocation of five million Saudi Riyals (USD 1.3 million) to support green and sustainable development projects. They approved resumption of free trade negotiations with third countries and economic blocs.

The council rejected all forms of terrorism. It commended Saudi Arabia's decision to take measures against those taking part in hostilities outside the Kingdom.

It rebuffed Iran's occupation of the Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Moussa Islands of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which has complete sovereignty over the ilses, their territorial waters and economic zone.

It considered any Iranian act on the three islands as void and would not change the historic and legal facts, which affirmed the UAE's sovereignty over them.
The GCC called on Iran to solve this issue through direct negotiations or international arbitation.

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