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In my capacity as Chair of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement, I have the honour to enclose herewith a copy of the letter from Felipe Pérez Roque, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, to Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for External Affairs of Germany, on the occasion of the thirty-third Summit of the Group of Eight Industrialized Countries (G-8) (see annex).
The annexed letter conveys to the presidency and the other leaders of the G-8 the viewpoints and positions of the Non-Aligned Movement on issues of particular relevance and priority to its membership, including those to be raised at the thirty-third Summit, which is being held in Heiligendamm, Germany.
I kindly request that the present letter and its annex be circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda items 11, 13, 14, 18, 31, 32, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 47, 48, 51, 52, 53, 55, 57, 58, 60, 62, 66, 67, 68, 69, 79, 80, 81, 90, 91, 92, 96, 100, 110, 112 and 113, and of the Security Council.
Following the established practice, I am writing to you, in our capacity as President of the Non-Aligned Movement and on behalf of the 118 member countries of the grouping, in order to convey to you, and through you to the other leaders of the Group of Eight Industrialized Countries, the viewpoints and positions of the Movement on issues of particular relevance and priority to its membership, including those to be raised right at the 33rd Summit that is taking place in Heiligendamm, Germany.
I would appreciate it if you were kind enough to convey this message to H.E. Mrs. Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, so that it can be circulated among the distinguished participants in the Summit.
The solution to the Palestinian issue continues to be a high priority for the Non-Aligned Movement, which firmly supports the Palestinian people and its leadership and calls for the revitalization of the peace process towards the attainment of a general, just and lasting solution allowing the Palestinian people to exercise its inalienable right to self-determination in an independent and sovereign Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The NAM strongly condemns the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and the relentless aggression by Israel, the occupying power, against the Palestinian people, which has resulted, among other things, in the ongoing slaughter of and injuries to civilian Palestinians for the excessive and inordinate use of force, selective attacks and extrajudicial executions, the widespread destruction of properties, infrastructure and farmland and the detention and imprisonment of thousands of Palestinians.
The NAM demands that Israel, the occupying power, cease the illegal construction of a wall in the occupied Palestinian territory. In this sense, it condemns the flagrant challenge and disrespect by Israel for the Consultative Opinion of the International Court of Justice of 9 July 2004, on the “Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” and its ongoing violation of UNGA Resolution ES-10/15 of 20 July 2004.
The NAM welcomed the formation of the Palestinian Government of National Unity in March 2007, as a result of the Mecca Agreement. The formation of the new government is a signal of the unity of the Palestinian people in these difficult moments.
The Movement believes that at present there is a real opportunity to resume the peace process in the Middle East, in order to achieve a peaceful solution, and calls upon the international community to discharge its responsibility so as not to lose this opportunity.
We deplore the fact the Palestinian people continues to suffer as a result of the blockade of international assistance imposed over a year ago and still in place. While attention is focused on the attempts to revitalize the peace process and the measures adopted by the new Palestinian Government, it is not possible to ignore the serious situation on the ground. In such situation prevails, most certainly any progress that can be made will come to a halt.
We call upon the Government of Israel to accept the Arab Peace Initiative and resume a process of serious and direct negotiations on all fronts.
The NAM will continue to support and contribute to the extent possible to the attainment of just, complete and lasting peace in the Middle East, based on all relevant UN resolutions, the terms of reference of the Madrid Conference, the principle of Territory for Peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Road Map. We are looking forward to working together with the G-8 leaders, some of whom are members of the Quartet for the implementation of the Road Map, in order to achieve this long-yearned objective of the international community.