United Nations Security Council Resolution 1397

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1397

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 Security Council Resolution
United Nations Security Council Resolution
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, adopted on March 12, 2002, after recalling resolutions 242
United Nations Security Council Resolution 242
United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 was adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council on November 22, 1967, in the aftermath of the Six Day War. It was adopted under Chapter VIof the United Nations Charter...

 (1967) and 338
United Nations Security Council Resolution 338
The three-line United Nations Security Council Resolution 338, adopted on October 22, 1973, called for a ceasefire in the Yom Kippur War in accordance with a joint proposal by the United States and the Soviet Union. The resolution stipulated a cease fire to take effect within 12 hours of the...

 (1973), the Council demanded an end to violence during the Second Intifada between the Israel
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i and Palestinian
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 sides. It was the first Security Council resolution to call for a two-state solution
Two-state solution
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 to the conflict.

Before the adoption of the resolution, the Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan
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 had called on Palestinians to end "morally repugnant" acts of terror and suicide bombings and on Israelis to end their "illegal occupation
Israeli-occupied territories
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" of Palestinian territory and use of excessive force.


The Security Council affirmed the vision of Israeli and Palestinian states existing side by side with secure and recognised borders. It expressed concern at events that had taken place since September 2000 in the region and the need for all to ensure the safety of civilians and respect for international humanitarian law
International humanitarian law
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. The Council welcomed efforts by the United States
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, Russia
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, European Union
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, Saudi
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 Crown Prince Abdullah
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 and others to bring about a just and lasting peace in the Middle East
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The resolution demanded the immediate cessation of violence, terror, incitement, provocation and destruction, calling upon the Israeli and Palestinian sides to co-operate in the implementation of the Tenet work plan and Mitchell Report. Finally, the efforts of Kofi Annan and others to resume the peace process and end violence were commended.

Resolution 1397 was adopted by 14 votes to none against and one abstention
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 from Syria
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, whose representative felt that the resolution did not address the concerns of Arab countries
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See also

  • Arab–Israeli conflict
    Arab–Israeli conflict
    The Arab–Israeli conflict refers to political tensions and open hostilities between the Arab peoples and the Jewish community of the Middle East. The modern Arab-Israeli conflict began with the rise of Zionism and Arab Nationalism towards the end of the nineteenth century, and intensified with the...

  • Israeli–Palestinian conflict
    Israeli–Palestinian conflict
    The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The conflict is wide-ranging, and the term is also used in reference to the earlier phases of the same conflict, between Jewish and Zionist yishuv and the Arab population living in Palestine under Ottoman or...

  • List of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1301 to 1400 (2000 – 2002)
  • Second Intifada

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