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        General Assembly
6 July 2001

Original: Arabic

Fifty-fifth session
Agenda item 40
The situation in the Middle East

Letter dated 3 July 2001 from the Permanent Representative of Qatar
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

In my capacity as Chairman of the Arab Group for the month of July 2001 and on behalf of the members of the League of Arab States, I have the honour to inform you that on Tuesday, 3 July 2001, the Arab Group held a meeting in New York at the level of ambassadors and permanent representatives to the United Nations. They met in implementation of the resolutions of the 2001 Arab Summit Conference held in Amman, Jordan, and the 2000 Arab Summit Conference held in Cairo, Egypt, on pan-Arab solidarity with Lebanon in the face of Israeli attacks and threats and in the light of the act of aggression committed by Israeli air forces on the afternoon on Sunday, 1 July 2001, against Lebanon, when they attacked a radar position of the Syrian Arab forces operating in Lebanon in the Duhur al-Aytrun locality of the Bekaa, wounding two members of the Syrian forces and an enlisted man in the Lebanese Army.

In the delicate situation in which the Middle East region finds itself, I should like to state, on behalf of the Arab Group, that the Arab position of solidarity is based on the following invariable elements:

I should be grateful if you would have this letter circulated as a document of the General Assembly under agenda item 40.

(Signed) Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser
Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations
Chairman of the Arab Group

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