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- The ministers of foreign affairs of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Member States adopted a Statement on Efforts to Stabilize the Situation in the Middle East and North Africa.
Bishkek, November 27, 2019
The ministers of foreign affairs of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Member States expressed concern over the continuing tensions in the Middle East and North Africa, which remain a source of security threats for the CSTO Member States, including in the form of proliferation of terrorism and radical ideology.
They called for conflict resolution solely by peaceful means through dialogue based on the principles and norms of international law and the fundamental role of the United Nations.
The ministers reaffirmed support for the establishment of an independent, viable and fully sovereign Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and called upon all parties involved to avoid actions that undermine the prospects of a two-state solution, emphasizing the need for an early resumption of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement on the existing international legal basis.
The ministers expressed their support for international efforts within the Astana format aimed at ensuring stability and security in Syria on the basis of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.
They pointed out the need to continue the fight against terrorism in Syria, welcoming the start of the work of the Constitutional Committee of Syria and stressing the importance of the humanitarian interventions of the Russian Federation and the humanitarian mission of the Republic of Armenia in Syria, calling on the international community to step up their efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to the civilian population and to assist in the post-conflict reconstruction of the country.
The ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya, having stressed that dialogue was the only way to settle the Libyan conflict.
The full text of the statement can be found on our official website: https://en.odkb-csto.org