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Security Council reiterates two-state vision of Israeli-Palestinian peace

9 March 2005 The United Nations Security Council today recommitted itself to the two-state vision of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security and called on both parties to fully respect the understandings they reached at a summit meeting last month in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

At the summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, it was agreed that all Palestinians would stop all acts of violence against all Israelis everywhere and that Israel will cease all its military activities against all Palestinians everywhere.

In a statement read out at an open meeting by its President for March, Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg of Brazil, welcoming the results of last week's international meeting in London in support of the Palestinian Authority, the Council stressed the key role of the international community in assisting the Authority in strengthening security, good governance and the development of the Palestinian economy.

It reiterated "its demand for immediate cessation of all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction," and repeated its call to both sides to ensure continued progress full implementation of the Road Map peace plan.

That plan, drawn up by the Middle East diplomatic Quartet of the UN, European Union, Russia and United States, calls on both Israel and the Palestinians to take parallel and reciprocal steps leading to two states living side by side in peace, originally by the end of 2005.

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