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12 December 1988
Agenda items 37 and 40
QUESTION OF PALESTINE
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Letter dated 28 November 1988 from the Permanent Representative of
Malta to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
I have the honour to transmit herewith the text of the statement issued by the Government of Malta on 16 November 1988 concerning the decision by the Palestine National Council, at its extraordinary session in Algiers on 15 November 1988, to proclaim the establishment of an independent Palestinian State.
"The Maltese Government:
"1. Reaffirms its recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to a state of their own.
"2. Welcomes the declaration of independence made in Algiers on 15 November 1988 and acknowledges this declaration as a true and genuine expression of the right of the Palestinian people to a state of their own.
"3. Considers the said declaration of independence as an opportunity for a negotiated peaceful settlement which should not be missed.
"4. Welcomes the endorsement of resolution 242 as a very positive step towards a just and peaceful settlement".
I should be grateful if you would arrange for the text of this letter to be circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda items 37 and 40, and of the Security Council.
) Dr. Alexander BORG OLIVIER