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UNITED
NATIONS
A S

        General Assembly
        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
A/44/494
S/20824

30 August 1989

ENGLISH
ORIGINAL: ARABIC

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Forty-fourth session
Items 23, 37, 39, 48 and 78 of
the provisional agenda*
SECURITY COUNCIL
Forty-fourth year


Letter dated 30 August 1989 from the Permanent Representative of
Bahrain to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General



I have the honour to transmit to you herewith the press release issued by the thirty-second session of the Ministerial Council of the Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, held at Jeddah from 28 to 29 August 1989.

I should be extremely grateful if you would have this letter and its annex circulated as an official document of the forty-fourth session of the General Assembly, under items 23, 37, 39, 48 and 78 of the provisional agenda, and of the Security Council.

(Signed) Karim Ebrahim AL-SHAKAR
Permanent Representative

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* A/44/150


ANNEX

Press release issued at the end the thirty-second session of
the Ministrial council of the co-operation Council for the Arab
States of the Gulf, held at Jeddah from 28 to 29 August 1989.


The Ministerial Council held its thirty-second session at Jeddah from 27 to 28 Muharram A.H. 1410, corresponding to 28 to 29 August A.D. 1989. The Council reviewed the situation in the region, the developments in the negotiations between Iraq and Iran, the question of Palestine, the situation in Lebanon, the matters before the summit conference of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries at Belgrade arid the reports of the ministerial committees concerning their work on the implementation of the economic agreement.

The Council studied the situation in the region in all its aspects. In keeping with its policy of supporting the endeavours being made by the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the implementation of Security Council resolution 598 (1987), the Council decided to entrust its President, acting on behalf of the Council, with the task of intensifying contacts with the Secretary-General with a view to supporting his efforts, to stress the Council's policy of strengthening its own efforts for the implementation of Security Council resolution 598 and to make endeavours with the members of the Security Council and other States so that they might fulfil their role in support of the Secretary-General and of his efforts.

The Council recalled the statements made in the final communique of the ninth session of the Supreme Council concerning the valiant intifadah (uprising). In keeping with the resolutions of the Casablanca Summit on all matters relating to the uprising and its resolute nature, the Council expresses its continued support for the struggle of the people of Palestine and for its fight to exercise its legitimate right to self-determination and to establish its independent State. The Council commends its heroic stand and its staying power in the face of inhuman Israeli practices in the occupied territories. The Council calls upon the international community in general and the Security Council in particular to assume their responsibilities by taking the appropriate steps to halt such oppressive Israeli practices as demolition, expulsion, the denial of rights and the confiscation of property.

The Council reviewed the situation in Lebanon and expressed its deep concern and extreme distress at the turn events have taken in that fraternal Arab country.

The Council further commended the comprehensive report presented by the Tripartite Committee of Arab Heads of State, which itemized the objectives of the Committee, its plan of action, the inter-Arab and international contacts that it had established and the obstacles that it had encountered in implementing the task, entrusted to it by the Extraordinary Arab Summit Conference at Casablanca, of ending the Lebanese crisis and the painful tragedy afflicting the country, a tragedy which has continued to increase in voracity and cruelty, to cause the deaths of an ever greater number of innocent victims and to spread universal ruin and destruction in Lebanon in such a way not only as to jeopardize its security and stability but to endanger its very existence and the unity of its territory.

In that context, the Council expresses its absolute support for the tenor of the Committee's report and calls upon all parties concerned to remove the obstacles encountered by the Committee and to co-operate with it. The Council stressed that delay in reaching the desired settlement of the Lebanese crisis is liable to perpetuate the status quo with all the dangers that it poses to the unity, sovereignty and independence of Lebanon. The Council also expressed its appreciation for the support of the international community for the resolution adopted by the Extraordinary Arab Summit Conference at Casablanca relating to Lebanon and for the efforts made by the Committee to implement that resolution.

The Council took note of the reports of the various ministerial committees and decided to approve them, while stressing the need for the necessary steps to be taken for more decisions to be taken within the framework of the implementation of the economic agreement in accordance with the Manamah communique and the resolutions of the ninth summit at Bahrain.


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