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UNITED
NATIONS
A S

        General Assembly
        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
A/55/687
S/2000/1187

13 December 2000

Original: FRENCH

General Assembly
Fifty-fifth session
Agenda items 40 and 41
The situation in the Middle East
Question of Palestine
Security Council
Fifty-fifth year



Letter dated 12 December 2000 from the Permanent Representative of France
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


I have the honour to call your attention to the statement on the Middle East issued on 8 December 2000 by the Presidency of the European Union on behalf of the European Union (see annex).

I should be grateful if you would have the text of this letter and its annex circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda items 40 and 41, and of the Security Council.

(Signed) Jean-David Levitte
Permanent Representative of France
to the United Nations


Annex to the letter dated 29 November 2000 from the
Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
addressed to the Secretary-General


[Original: English and French]

Statement on the Middle East issued on 8 December 2000
by the Presidency of the European Union on behalf of the European Union


The prospect of peace must return to the Middle East.

Nobody can tolerate violence, the suffering of populations or hatred between peoples.

The negotiations must resume. The European Union considers the following essential in this connection:


The European Union has major interests in the Middle East. Its positions have been clearly defined, inter alia, at the Berlin European Council meeting in March 1999 and in the European Union’s Statement of 12 September 2000. It is willing to consult with all parties on the means of achieving these objectives with a view to the resumption of negotiations for a peace agreement.



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