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 30-31/ 12/ 2002

Final communiqué adopted by the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council at its twenty-second session, held in Muscat, Oman, on 30 and 31 December 2001

(...) Political issues 

The Supreme Council, recalling and reaffirming its decisions taken at previous sessions, discussed developments in the context of Iraq's compliance with the Security Council resolutions relating to the situation between Iraq and Kuwait and the consequences of Iraq's occupation of the State of Kuwait. 

In its concern to create appropriate conditions for the achievement and consolidation of security, peace and stability in the Gulf region, the Council again urged Iraq to discharge all of its obligations under the Security Council resolutions relating to the situation between Iraq and Kuwait, including its obligation to respect the security, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kuwait and its obligations to resume its cooperation with the United Nations in order to resolve the outstanding issues relating to cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Tripartite Commission and Ambassador Yuli Vorontsov, the United Nations high-level coordinator for the prisoners issue and the return of property, with a view to devising an expeditious and definitive solution to the problem of Kuwaiti and third-country prisoners and hostages and bringing about the return of all of the Kuwaiti property in its possession. 

The Council urged Iraq to take all necessary steps, in implementation of Security Council resolution 949 (1994) and so as to achieve security and stability in the region, to demonstrate its peaceful objectives and intentions and to refrain from any provocative or hostile action against the State of Kuwait. 

 The Supreme Council urges Iraq and the Secretary-General of the United Nations to resume the dialogue between them concerning renewed cooperation on a basis that will enable the Security Council to lift the economic sanctions imposed on Iraq and end the suffering of the fraternal Iraqi people. It reaffirmed its established position that the independence, unity and territorial integrity of Iraq must be respected and that there must be no interference in its internal affairs.