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UNITED
NATIONS
A S

        General Assembly
        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
A/51/783
S/1997/65

22 January 1997

ENGLISH
Original: RUSSIAN

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Fifty-first session
Agenda items 33 and 35
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
QUESTION OF PALESTINE
SECURITY COUNCIL
Fifty-second year


Letter dated 21 January 1997 from the Permanent Representative of Kazakstan
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


I have the honour to transmit herewith the text of a statement issued on 18 January 1997 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakstan regarding the signing, on 15 January 1997, of the agreement between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian authorities on the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the town of Hebron (see annex).

I should be grateful if you would have the text of this letter and its annex circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under agenda items 33 and 35, and of the Security Council.

(Signed) Akmaral A. ARYSTANBEKOVA
Ambassador
Permanent Representative of the Republic
of Kazakstan to the United Nations
ANNEX
Statement issued on 18 January 1997 by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakstan


Kazakstan welcomed the news of the signing, on 15 January 1997, of the agreement between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian authorities on the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the town of Hebron, which represents a major breakthrough in the implementation of the agreements concluded earlier between the parties.

This step is an important contribution to the continuation of the peace process and will help create conditions conducive to beginning the final stage of the Palestinian-Israeli talks and a definitive settlement of the Middle East problem.

Kazakstan supports the goodwill and political realism of the participants in the peace process and expresses its hope for the speedy achievement of a comprehensive and just peace in the region, based on a balance of interests and the granting of the legitimate rights of all peoples living in the region, including the right of the Palestinian people to establish an independent State.

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