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UNITED
NATIONS
A S

        General Assembly
        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
A/40/462
S/17325

5 July 1985

ENGLISH
ORIGINAL: ARABIC

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Fortieth session
Item 38 of the preliminary list*
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
SECURITY COUNCIL
Fortieth year


Letter dated 5 July 1985 from the Permanent Representative of Lebanon
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


I have the honour to transmit to you the text of a note addressed to you by the Lebanese Government (see annex) concerning the announcement by the United States of America of its decision to take legal and practical measures to isolate Beirut International Airport, with the request that you have the note circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under item 38 of the preliminary list, and of the Security Council, it being understood that the Lebanese Government reserves the right, if necessary, to call for a meeting of the Security Council.

(Signed) Rachid FAKHOURY
Ambassador and Permanent
Representative of Lebanon
to the United Nations


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*A/40/50/Rev.1.



ANNEX


On 2 July 1985, the Government of the United States of America announced that it intended to take legal and practical measures to isolate Beirut International Airport, to call upon foreign airlines to suspend their flights to Beirut, to prevent Lebanese aircraft from using American airports and to urge other States to take similar measures. The American Government justified this position on the grounds that it represented a response to the hijacking of the American aircraft that took place recently.

The Lebanese Government regrets this course of action and considers that it constitutes a step that will have negative consequences for both Lebanon and the United States of America, to say nothing of the fact that it may further complicate matters rather than provide the elements required for a solution. The Lebanese Government considers that the following matters should be taken into consideration:
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