Question of Palestine home
7 October 1988
Agenda items 3, 12, 18, 24, 29,
30, 36, 37, 39, 40, 47, 48,
77, 83, 86, 91, 129 and 136
Letter dated 7 October 1988 from the Permanent Representative of Jordan
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
I have the honour, inasmuch as my country, Jordan, chaired the Seventeenth Conference of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, to transmit herewith the Arabic, English and French texts of the final communiqué adopted by the Co-ordination Meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, held in New York on 29 September 1988.
I should be grateful if you would have this letter and its annexes circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under items
3, 12, 18, 24, 29, 30, 36, 37, 39, 40, 47, 48, 77, 83, 86, 91, 129 and 136, and
of the Security Council.
) Abdullah SALAH
Ambassador, Permanent Representative
Communiqué adopted by the Co-ordination Meeting of the Ministers for Foreign
Affairs of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, held in
New York on 29 September 1988
4. The meeting undertook a review of the items on the agenda in the light of the reports and recommendations prepared by the committee on Palestine, Afghanistan, and South Africa and Namibia, and the background notes submitted to it.
5. The meeting approved the report and recommendations of the Committee of Six on Palestine. It reaffirmed that the Palestine cause constitutes the core of the Middle East conflict. A just and lasting peace in the Middle East could not be established without the withdrawal of Israel from all the occupied Arab and Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem, and the restoration of the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to return, to self-determination and to the establishment of an independent Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital, under the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), their sole and legitimate representative.
6. The meeting expressed full support for the national uprising of the Palestinian people in occupied Palestinian territories and it condemned the brutal and inhuman policies and practices of Israel in the occupied territories in its bid to suppress by force the national uprising of the Palestinian people, which had resulted in the killing of hundreds of Palestinians, injuries to thousands, mass detentions and deportations, wanton and illegal destruction of Palestinian property and an economic blockade of the Palestinian people. The meeting called for concrete measures by the Islamic countries to provide diplomatic, political, financial, and other support, as well as medical and food supplies, for the Palestinian people inside occupied territories. The meeting called for an intensification of efforts by the Islamic world, as well as the international community, towards the early holding of the International Peace Conference on the Middle East, as called for by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 38/58 C, of 13 December 1983, under the auspices of the United Nations, with the participation on an equal footing of all parties directly concerned, including the PLO, the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.
7. Pending the holding of the conference, the meeting called for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to determine ways and means of providing protection to the Palestinian people in occupied territories not only through the full implementation of the fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, but also through the withdrawal of Israel from the occupied territories and the assumption of the administration of the Palestinian occupied territories by the United Nations for a limited transitional period until the establishment of an independent Palestinian State.
8. The meeting decided that a letter from the Islamic and friendly non-aligned States should be addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, expressing reservations regarding the credentials of the representatives of Israel.