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15 March 1988
Letter dated 14 March 1988 from the representative
of Algeria to the Secretary-General
[15 March 1988]
I have the honour to transmit to you herewith the text of the statement made on 12 March 1988 by the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria following official notification of the decision of the United States of America to close the Permanent Observer Mission of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United Nations.
I should be grateful if you would have this letter and the annex thereto circulated as a document of the General Assembly and of the Security Council.
Permanent Representative of Algeria
to the United Nations
Statement made on 12 March 1988 by the spokesman for the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Algeria
The decision of the United States of America to close the Permanent Observer Mission of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United Nations constitutes a particularly negative and dangerous development in every respect.
This arbitrary decision, which deliberately overlooks the intemational obligations of the United States, runs directly counter to the universality of the United Nations, both as regards its composition and its operation. It demonstrates a propensity to impose individual positions of the host country on the collective will of the international community; the latter bases the observer status granted to the Palestine Liberation Organization on the fact that PLO is the sole, legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.
What is more important, this decision tends to deprive the United Nations efforts to establish a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East of the irreplaceable contribution of the Palestine Liberation Organization and to conceal the international personality of the Palestinian people.
Coming as it does in the context of the general protest which has been going on for the past three months in demonstration of the irrepressible will of the Palestinian people to exercise its inalienable national rights, this decision - whose illegality has been established by the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Member States having spoken almost unanimously - is likely to exacerbate the Middle East crisis and lastingly to thwart settlement of that crisis.
Algeria rejects this inadmissible decision and invites the Member States and competent organs of the United Nations to do all within their power to prevent it from being implemented and to avert the considerable injury that would ensue for the world Organization and for the prospects for peace in the Middle East.
*Circulated under the double symbol A/43/217-S/19623.