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I have the honour to attach herewith a hard copy and a CD-ROM of the Doha Declaration (document M141/(09/03)/06-D(0177)) issued by the second Summit of Arab and South American Countries in Doha on 31 March 2009 following the Arab Summit.
As you are aware, that document contains a number of important resolutions covering the Arab-South American position on the most outstanding issues in the Arab world and in South America, in particular concerning Palestinian matters and the Arab-Israeli conflict, developments in the situation in the Sudan, Iraq, Somalia and Lebanon and the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, together with a number of other important resolutions in the political, economic and social fields and in the fields of sustainable development, science and technology.
In that context, the Summit emphasized the importance of continued efforts to forge close relationships between the two regions with a view to their participation in a fairer and more equitable structure of international relations, and the creation of a new framework of international cooperation based on equivalence and equality. The Summit also emphasized that the attainment of peace, security and stability in the world calls for cooperation based on adherence to multilateral instruments, respect for international law, the observance of human rights and international humanitarian law, a comprehensive commitment to respect for the principles of State sovereignty and territorial integrity, the peaceful resolution of all international conflicts, in particular regional and bilateral problems and conflicts, in accordance with international law, the Charter of the United Nations and the full and non-selective implementation of all United Nations resolutions.
I take this opportunity to reaffirm to you my desire for continued consultation and coordination with you on the various issues of common concern and I should be grateful if you would have the Declaration issued as a document of the United Nations.
I also wish to convey to you my great respect for your wholehearted efforts on behalf of peace, security and development throughout the world.
Express our respect for the Palestinian legitimacy under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas and appreciate his efforts with all Arab and Palestinian parties to achieve national reconciliation and ensure that the Palestinian dialogue succeeds. Also express our respect for the legitimate institutions of the Palestinian National Authority established by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), including the elected Palestinian legislative council.
Appreciate Egyptian efforts to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and to seek Palestinian reconciliation, as well as welcome the results of the International Conference for Donors in Sharm El-Sheikh, held by both Egypt and Norway on 2/3/2009, in order to offer needed funds to rebuild the Gaza Strip and the resumption of international assistance to the Palestinian National Authority and the Palestinian people.
Deplore the Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip, which led to thousands of civilian Palestinian casualties and the destruction of the infrastructure as well as the private and public institutions, and call for the immediate reopening of all the crossing points between Gaza and Israel, and for lifting the siege, so that essential goods and services, including fuel, can be supplied on a continuous basis, in order to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories. Reaffirm our full support for the implementation of the Fourth Geneva Convention in the Palestinian occupied territories.