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UNITED NATIONS
Press Release

Department of Public Information l News Coverage Service l New York

SG/SM/4324
28 August 1989



SECRETARY-GENERAL'S STATEMENT ON DEPORTATION OF

FIVE PALESTINIANS BY ISRAELI AUTHORITIES


The following statement was issued this morning by the spokesman for Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar:

The Secretary-General has learned with dismay and grave concern that the Israeli authorities have, over the weekend, deported five Palestinians, reportedly four to Lebanon and one to France.

He once again appeals to Israel, as the occupying Power, to rescind such deportation orders and to abide by its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention. He earnestly hopes that all those who have been deported in this way will be allowed to return to their homes and be reunited with their families.

He also recalls in this connection that the Lebanese authorities have categorically rejected the concept that Palestinians in the occupied Territories can be deported to Lebanon in this manner.

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