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UNITED NATIONS
Press Release

Department of Public Information l News Coverage Service l New York

SG/SM/4073
13 January 1988

SECRETARY-GENERAL REGRETS ISRAEL'S DEPORTATION OF FOUR PALESTINIANS

TO SOUTHERN LEBANON AND HOPES FOR THEIR PROMPT RETURN HOME

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar:

The Secretary-General has learned with deep regret that the Israeli authorities have today deported four Palestinians to southern Lebanon, in spite of the call contained in Security Council resolution 607 (1988) that Israel refrain from any such deportations and abide by its obligations arising from the Fourth Geneva Convention of 12 August 1949.

The Secretary-General earnestly hopes that the four Palestinians will promptly be allowed to return to their homes and families. He has noted, in this connection, that the Government of Lebanon has categorically rejected the concept that Palestinians in the occupied territories can be deported to Lebanon in this manner.
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