2002 Public Statement

The Beirut declaration

The Council of the League of Arab States at the Summit Level, at its 14th Ordinary Session:


  1. Requests Israel to reconsider its policies and declare that a just peace is its strategic option as well. 
  2. Further calls upon Israel to affirm:
    (a) Full Israeli withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967, including the Syrian Golan Heights to the lines of June 4, 1967, as well as the remaining occupied Lebanese territories in the south of Lebanon.
    (b) Achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian Refugee problem to be agreed upon in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 194.
    (c) The acceptance of the establishment of a Sovereign Independent Palestinian State on the Palestinian territories occupied since the 4th of June 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital. 
  3. Consequently, the Arab Countries affirm the following:
    (a) Consider the Arab-Israeli conflict ended, and enter into a peace agreement with Israel, and provide security for all the states of the region.
    (b) Establish normal relations with Israel in the context of this comprehensive peace. 
  4. Assures the rejection of all forms of Palestinian patriation which conflict with the special circumstances of the Arab host countries. 
  5. Calls upon the Government of Israel and all Israelis to accept this initiative in order to safeguard the prospects for peace and stop the further shedding of blood, enabling the Arab countries and Israel to live in peace and good neighborliness and provide future generations with security, stability, and prosperity. 
  6. Invites the international community and all countries and organizations to support this initiative. 
  7. Requests the Chairman of the Summit to form a special committee composed of some of its concerned member states and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States to pursue the necessary contacts to gain support for this initiative at all levels, particularly from the United Nations, the Security Council, the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the Muslim States and the European Union.