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        General Assembly
3 March 1986


Forty-first session
Item 37 of the preliminary list*

Letter dated 3 March 1986 from the Permanent Representative of
the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

On instructions from my Government, I have the honour to inform you of the following:

Continuing its systematic defiance of the Charter of the United Nations and the resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council on the occupied Arab territories, Israel has since last week stepped up its terrorist and repressive operations in the occupied Syrian Arab territories of the Golan Heights, with the aim of destroying their Syrian Arab identity and expelling the Syrian Arab inhabitants from their land and property, replacing them by foreign settlers and settlements. Most recently, the Israeli occupying authorities arrested 45 Syrian Arab citizens of the occupied Golan Heights.

These repressive Israeli practices and policies in the Syrian Arab Golan Heights constitute not only a flagrant violation of the provisions of the United Nations Charter and the human rights Covenant, hut also an infamous breach of the rules of international law, in particular the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (12 August 1949), the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly, in particular resolutions 36/226 of 1981, ES-9/1 of 1982, 37/123 A of 1982, 38/180 of 1983, 39/146 B of 1984 and 40/168 B of 1985, and the resolutions of other international organizations. It is once again clear that Israel is not a peace-loving country and does not comply with its obligations under the United Nations Charter or Security Council resolutions, in particular resolution 497 (1981), which states, inter alia, that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect, and demands that Israel rescind forthwith its decision.

The vicious campaign currently being waged against the Syrian Arab inhabitants of the Golan Heights once again underscores Israel's aggressive, racist and fascist nature and its determination to continue to defy the international community by violating the Charter and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.

The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic draws the attention of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the dangerous situation resulting from Israel's violation of the United Nations Charter, the principles of international law and the Organization's resolutions and to the consequent threat to peace and security in the region and in the world as a whole. It has the honour to request that this letter be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under item 37 of the preliminary list.

(Signed) Dia-Allah EL-FATTAL
Permanent Representative




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