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17 December 1992
SECRETARY-GENERAL URGES ISRAEL TO RESCIND ORDER TO DEPORT
PALESTINIANS TO SOUTHERN LEBANON
The following was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali:
The Secretary-General has learned with grave concern of the decision by Israel to deport to southern Lebanon several hundred Palestinians from the occupied territories. He notes that the Security Council has repeatedly reaffirmed the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 12 August 1949 to the territories occupied by Israel, and recalls that Security Council resolution 726 (1992), unanimously adopted on 6 January, specifically requested Israel to refrain from such action. He calls on the Israeli authorities to rescind the deportation orders and to permit the safe and immediate return of those expelled.
The Secretary-General is disturbed by the recent escalation of violence in the occupied territories, which has resulted in Israeli and Palestinian casualties. The Secretary-General condemns the violence and urges all sides to avoid steps which might lead to a worsening of the situation and could hamper the peace process aimed at achieving a comprehensive settlement of the Arab- Israeli conflict.
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