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UNITED
NATIONS

Distr.
GENERAL
A/ES-10/L.253
12 December 2003

Original: English

Tenth emergency special session
Agenda item 5
Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem
and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory


Letter dated 10 December 2003 from the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations addressed to the President of the General Assembly


In my capacity as Chairman of the African Group for December 2003, I have the honour to inform you that the African Group has mandated me to convey its utmost abhorrence of the statement made by the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations during the debate of the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly under the item “Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory”, on 8 December 2003.

Members of the African Group were gravely disturbed by the fact that the Permanent Representative of Israel used the forum of the General Assembly to make callous and derogatory remarks specifically directed at the sponsors of the draft resolution, the majority of which are African Group members. The members of the African Group considered the remarks to be particularly offensive and a direct attack against sovereign Member States of Africa and reserve their right to defend themselves against any future verbal attacks of this nature.

The African Group kindly requests the circulation of the present letter as a document of the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly, under agenda item 5.


(Signed) Dumisani Shadrack Kumalo
Ambassador
Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations
Chairman of the African Group for the Month of December


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