Note by the Security Council President
On the International Conference for Peace in the Middle East
New York, 20 December 1990
At the resumed 2970th meeting, on 20 December 1990, prior to the adoption of resolution 681 (1990), the President made the following statement on behalf of the members of the Security Council:
The members of the Security Council reaffirm their determination to support an active negotiating process in which all relevant parties would participate leading to a comprehensive, just and lasting peace to the Arab-Israeli conflict through negotiations which should be based on resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) of the Security Council and which should take into account the right to security of all States in the region, including Israel, and the legitimate political rights of the Palestinian people.
In this context they agree that an international conference, at an appropriate time, properly structured, should facilitate efforts to achieve a negotiated settlement and lasting peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
However, the members of the Council are of the view that there is not unanimity as to when would be the appropriate time for such a conference.
In the view of the members of the Council, the Arab-Israeli conflict is important and unique and must be addressed independently, on its own merits.