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        General Assembly
        Security Council

7 August 1990


Forty-fifth session
items 23, 29, 32, 34, 35, 46, 54, 58
82 and 110 of the provisional agenda*
Forty-fifth year

Letter dated 1 August 1990 from the Permanent Representative
of Malaysia to the United Nations addressed to the

I have the honour to transmit, on behalf of the delegations of Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Joint Communiqué of the twenty-third ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, which was recently held at Jakarta on 24 and 25 July 1990 (see annex).

I should be grateful if you could arrange to have the text of the present letter and its annex circulated as an official document of the General Assembly under items 23, 29, 32, 34, 35, 46, 54, 58, 82 and 110 of the provisional agenda, and of the Security Council.

(Signed) RAZALI Ismail
Permanent Representative of Malaysia
to the United Nations


*A/45/150 and Corr.1.


Joint Communiqué of the Twenty-third ASEAN Ministerial
Meeting, held at Jakarta, on 24 and 25 July 1990


1. The twenty-third ASEAN Ministerial Meeting of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held at Jakarta on 24 and 25 July 1990. The meeting was formally opened by His Excellency President Soeharto of the Republic of Indonesia.



66. The Foreign Ministers reviewed the situation in the Middle East and expressed concern that, despite positive developments taking place on the international scene, the situation in the occupied territories continues to deteriorate. They stressed the urgency for a settlement and reaffirmed their strong support for the International Peace Conference on the Middle East, under the auspices of the United Nations, in order to achieve a just, comprehensive and lasting solution. They reiterated their full support for the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people to exercise their inalienable rights, including the right to self-determination and independence, and the restoration of Arab sovereignty over the occupied territories.

67. The Foreign Ministers deplored the creation of new settlements of Jewish immigrants in the Arab occupied territories by Israel. This unjustified act has serious consequences, including changes in the balance of the demographic composition, which would further complicate the search for a political solution to the conflict. This is also in violation of the relevant United Nations resolutions, basic principles of international law, especially the fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, as well as the basic rights of the Palestinian people.

68. The Foreign Ministers expressed their regret over the suspension by the United States of its dialogue with the PLO and called for its early resumption. They expressed their conviction that such a dialogue is an essential ingredient for resolving the Middle East conflict.


69. The Foreign Ministers reiterated their deep concern over the continuing conflict in Lebanon. They reaffirmed their support for the full sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity of Lebanon. They expressed their belief that the Taif Agreement provides a suitable framework for dialogue and negotiations to preserve the integrity, independence and sovereignty of Lebanon and therefore urged all parties concerned to respect and accept the Taif Agreement.



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