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UN Security Council resolution 1397
The UN Security Council
The UN passed its first resolution explicitly calling for a Palestinian state
On 12 March 2002, the United Nations Security Council adopted its first resolution explicitly calling for an Israeli and a Palestinian state "side by side" in the region. Fourteen Security Council members voted for, none against. Syria abstained. The full text of resolution 1397 (2002) reads as follows:

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 forms 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,

  • Demands immediate cessation of all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction;

  • 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;

  • 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;

  • Decides to remain seized of the matter.
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