Brazil and Members of the ASPA Affirm Commitment to Palestinians
AFP file picture shows (left to right), Bolivia's Minister Hugo Fernandez Araoz,
Minister Celso Amorim, Argentina's Minister Jorge Taiana, Saudi Arabia's
Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, and Arab League General Secretary Amr Moussa.
South America and Arab Countries meeting in Buenos Aires, Thursday, February.
BPNIC Briefing, March 2008
Brazil's Celso Amorim
along with other Ministers of Foreign Affairs of South
America and Arab countries (ASPA) gathered in Buenos Aires
on 20 and 21 February 2008.
ASPA member states reaffirm the need to intensify
existing efforts to resume
the peace process in order to
reach fair, lasting and comprehensive peace in the
Israeli-Arab conflict on all tracks on the basis of:
Relevant resolutions of the Security Council and of
the General Assembly of the United Nations, particularly
the Resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and 1515 (2003).
The Madrid Framework, in particular the "Land for
ASPA express deep concern about
the situation in Gaza and
call for the immediate reopening of the crossings between
Gaza and Israel so that essential goods and services,
including fuel, can be supplied on a continuous basis, so as
to avoid and prevent further deterioration of the
humanitarian situation in Palestinian cities.
ASPA also reaffirm their support for the full implementation
of the Fourth Geneva Convention in occupied Palestinian
cities, including Gaza.
In addition to Brazil and the host country-Argentina, the
Foreign Ministers of Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Algeria,
Bahrain, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Comores, Djibouti,
Ecuador, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Guyana, Iraq, Jordan,
Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Paraguay,
Peru, Qatar, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Tunisia,
Uruguay, Venezuela and Yemen, as well as the General
Secretary of the League of Arab States attended and took
part in the meeting.