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6 May 1985
Item 38 of the preliminary list*
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Letter dated 3 May 1985 from the Permanent Representative of Italy
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
On behalf of the Ten States members of the European Community, I wish to draw your attention to the Declaration on Lebanon adopted by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Ten in Luxembourg on 29 April 1985.
I shall be very grateful if you could kindly arrange for the circulation of this letter and of the annex* as an official document of the General Assembly, under item 38 of the preliminary list, and of the Security Council.
(Signed) Maurizio BUCCI
* A/40/50/Rev. 1.
Declaration on Lebanon adopted by the Ministers for Foreign
Affairs of the ten States members of the European Community
The Ten continue to view with concern the deterioration of the situation in Lebanon and in particular its consequences for the civilian population in the south, which continues to be subjected to unjustifiable acts of violence. Following the Israeli Government’s decision to withdraw its forces, they look for the early, orderly and complete withdrawal of those forces from that region in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, as well as of those other forces which are not there at the request of the Lebanese Government. The Ten consider it important that appropriate security arrangements be reached between the Israeli and Lebanese Governments.
The Ten appeal to all the parties concerned, both within Lebanon and outside, to act in such a way as to facilitate the process of restoring the sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity and independence of Lebanon, a process which has been seriously compromised by the recent worsening of the political and security situation. The Ten reaffirm their support for UNIFIL. The Ten call on all parties to respect UNIFIL’s role, avoiding all incidents, co-operating fully with the Force and ensuring the safety of its personnel.
They are deeply concerned at the suffering of the Lebanese people and the kidnapping involving foreign nationals.