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UNITED
NATIONS
A S

        General Assembly
        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
A/56/682
S/2001/1159

6 December 2001

Original: English

General Assembly
Fifty-sixth session
Agenda items 18, 25, 27, 34, 41, 42, 49, 67,
71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 82, 89,
92, 95, 96, 99, 101, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108,
112, 113, 115, 117 and 166
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Security Council
Fifty-sixth year


Letter dated 6 December 2001 from the Permanent Representative of South Africa
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


I have the honour, in my capacity as Chairman of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement, to enclose herewith the final communiqué of the meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and heads of delegation of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries held in New York on 14 November 2001 (see annex).

I shall be grateful if the present letter and its annex could be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly under agenda items 18, 25, 27, 34, 41, 42, 49, 67, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 82, 89, 92, 95, 96, 99, 101, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 112, 113, 115, 117, 166 and of the Security Council.


(Signed) Dumisani S. Kumalo
Ambassador and Permanent Representative




Annex to the letter dated 6 December 2001 from the Permanent Representative
of South Africa to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

Final communiqué of the meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs
and heads of delegation of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries
held in New York on 14 November 2001


1. We, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Heads of Delegation of the Non-Aligned Movement, met in New York on 14 November 2001 within the framework of the 56th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, to coordinate our efforts and establish guidelines to enable the members of the Movement to work in a collective manner on matters of common concern and interest vis-à-vis the agenda of the General Assembly.

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36. We, the Ministers of the States Parties to the NPT welcome the outcome of the 2000 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty. In this regard we reiterate our call and the firm commitment by all States parties to the Treaty and call for the full implementation of the unequivocal undertaking given by the Nuclear Weapons States to the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals. We expect that this undertaking be demonstrated without delay through an accelerated process of negotiations and through the full implementation of the thirteen practical steps to advance systematically and progressively towards a nuclear-weapon-free world. We also call for the accession of Israel to the Treaty in the realisation of the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.

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53. We express our grave concern over the tragic and deteriorating situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem and its dangerous impact on the situation in the Middle East as a whole. We reaffirm the need to achieve comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East. We affirm our determination to actively strive towards the achievement of a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and the principle of land for peace. In this context we stress the need for the Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and the Syrian occupied Golan to the line of 4 June 1967. We reaffirm the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital. Furthermore, we reaffirm that a just and comprehensive peace can only be achieved by upholding international legitimacy and relevant United Nations resolutions. In this regard we consider the attempts by the Israeli government to undermine the terms of reference of the Middle East peace process which started in Madrid as a serious obstacle to the realisation of peace. We call for an end to continuing Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for the release of all Lebanese detained in Israeli prisons and express our support for the current mandate of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and for the demining assistance in the South of Lebanon. The Ministers also adopted a separate declaration on Palestine.

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