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Mr. President,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,

Ladies and Gentlemen,
       Allow me to convey in this august body the greetings of His Majesty King Abdullah II and best wishes for successful Conference. I also express the appreciation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Kazakhstan for the wise leadership and vision conducted in steering this multi-national forum. I would like to also thank President Abdullah Gül for his warm reception and generosity; and to congratulate Turkey for the commencement of its Chairmanship of CICA, pledging Jordan’s commitment and full cooperation on continuing the success of this forum and important initiative.
       A week ago, the Israeli Navy conducted an attack on the Humanitarian Freedom Flotilla. Jordan strongly condemns the attack that was described by His Majesty King Abdullah II as a rejected heinous crime that constitutes a fragrant violation of international law. We reiterate our call to the international community to take immediate serious action to lift the illegitimate  inhuman blockade that Israel is imposing on Gasa in a clear violation to the international legitimacy. We also call for a transparent international investigation into the crime committed by the Israeli forces against the Freedom Flotilla.
       We reiterate our deepest condolences to the Heads of state, governments and people- in particular the families of victims who were aboard the Freedom Flotilla- while wishing a speedy recovery to the injured. Special sympathy goes to Turkey that suffered the most in numbers of lost and injured. Immediately after the attack, His Majesty King Abdullah II instructed the government to start work on transferring the passengers to Jordan; to provide treatment to the injured; and to coordinate with all respective countries to bring their nationals to the Kingdom to receive medical treatment and facilitate their, as well as other passengers’ passage through Jordan to their respective countries.
       The world is getting smaller by the day; the old concept of isolated national countries no longer prevails. We are witnessing a great web of interaction and interdependency among the countries and peoples of the world. With such world wide openness, there comes equal amount of challenges and threats that are not bound by any borders. Such challenges include terrorism which we and the international community strongly condemn in all its forms irrespective of its perpetrators, especially those who commit their acts under the name of Islam… we condemn in this regard the terrorist act that took place earlier today in Istanbul; further transborder challenges are transnational crime, trafficking in persons, illicit trade in drugs and arms and spread of infectious diseases. Conventional wisdom and experience have repeatedly shown that addressing common global threats and challenges in a collective manner is the only possible approach to counter them. It would be impossible for one country at this day and age to face such challenges of regional or international magnitude alone, and come out triumphant.
       No one can question the high political will for CICA’s member states to work collectively, nor can anyone question our ability to pinpoint our challenges and set the appropriate plans to eliminate them. Yet the political will to tackle defined challenges requires also the right environment of work. Stability is a fundamental component that could pave the way for a successful cooperation to counter our collective challenges. Instability and disorder, on the other hand, are essential prerequisites for the vile schemes of perpetrators.
      Jordan, as a Western Asian country, is also a part of the Middle East, where instability has been the dominating reality for decades. The costly delay of a just comprehensive peaceful resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, with the Palestinian question being its core, has been and still is the main cause of instability in our region. Such instability proved through time that it can spread into greater areas beyond the Middle East if left unsolved.
      The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan spared no effort in achieving peace. His Majesty King Abdullah II, is exerting intensified efforts towards the realization of the two-state solution on the Palestinian-Israeli track; and achieving a just and comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace in the region in accordance with the internationally agreed upon terms of reference for Middle East peace in particular the Arab Peace Initiative (API). His Majesty the King is an instrumental figure in achieving the global consensus that the two-state solution is the only solution to the Palestinian  problem whereby a sovereign, independent, viable and territorially contiguous  Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its Capital emerges along the June 4th  1967 lines on all the Palestinian soil. The Palestinian State shall be living in peace, security and harmony with Israel and its other neighbors in a regional context that achieves comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace.
      In 2002 Arab leaders adopted unanimously the Arab Peace Initiative (API) offering Israel peace treaties and a formal end of conflict and claims related to thereto, in return for the establishment of the independent Palestinian State on all the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, the return of all Syrian territories and the reminder of the Lebanese territories occupied in 1967; and resolving the Palestinian refugee problem through negotiations in accordance with UNGA resolution 194. The API is not only endorsed and upheld by the Arab states, yet also it was endorsed in many Summit level meetings of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC)/ on the other hand, the API regrettably has been neglected by successive Israeli governments.
     The Israeli government has to realize and the whole world has to understand that all the ongoing negotiations and contacts, do not constitute a retreat off the firm Arab stance and positions. On the contrary, such negotiations are merely a pressure tool excreted on the Israeli government pushing it towards further international alienation if the Israeli government chooses to continue ignoring the peace efforts; or if it tries to alleviate the international pressure excreted on it, such attempts would only render further wide international condemnation.
      As we are discussing regional cooperation in meeting our challenges and overcoming it, it is of high importance to emphasize that Arab Peace Initiative (API) offers Israel and Israelis real security, recognition, peace and acceptance in the region. It offers them genuine integration, a formal end of conflict and opportunity to reach the full potential that our region and its peoples have. It is high time for the Israeli government to accept this initiative that will usher in the long awaited comprehensive peace to our region, guarantee the security of all its states and peoples and allow them to effectively and efficiently attend to and resolve other pressing challenges and problems in a concerted and collaborative manner, and to be part of the greater region that our CICA covers.
      Jordan fully supports the outcome of the NPT  review conference 2010 held recently in New York. We reiterate the right of countries to develop their nuclear energy programmes for peaceful purposes, while being fully committed to the treaty and cooperating with all states parties and the IAEA to ensure full conformity with all conditions of peace and security. We also reiterate the importance of implementing the outcome of the previous review conferences to declare the Middle East nuclear-weapon-free and calling upon Israel to accede to the NPT as part of its international obligations, and to minimize instability and tension.
Thank you Mr. President.