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About the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
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UNITED
NATIONS
S

        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
S/2001/296
29 March 2001

Original: English

Letter dated 29 March 2001 from the Chairman of the
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the
Palestinian People addressed to the President of the Security Council


In my capacity as Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, I have the honour to refer to the summary statement by the Secretary-General on matters of which the Security Council is seized and on the stage reached in their consideration (S/2001/15).

I should like to reiterate the Committee’s continued objection to the deletion from the list of items relating to the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East, which are of special concern not only to the Committee but also the majority of Member States. The Committee believes that, pending a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East, the core of which is the question of Palestine, in accordance with international legitimacy, these items should remain on the list of matters of which the Council is seized, as they continue to engage its responsibility with regard to the maintenance of international peace and security.

I should also like to stress our view that any decision to delete these items, especially at this critical juncture in the peace process, would go well beyond procedural reform and would have far-reaching negative political implications. On behalf of the Committee, I would like once again to express firm hope that decisions of such fundamental importance will be taken in thorough consultation with all the parties concerned.

I should be grateful if you would have the text of the present letter circulated as a document of the Security Council.

(Signed) Ibra Deguène Ka
Chairman
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights
of the Palestinian People

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