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I would be grateful if the present letter and its annex could be circulated as a document of the Security Council.
The Commission of the African Union joins members of the international community in strongly condemning the use of military forces and massive attacks on the person and offices of the leader of the Palestinian people, despite repeated appeals to Israel to put a stop to such policies.
The Commission of the African Union calls upon the Government of Israel to forthwith put an end to its current policy of destruction and siege of President Yasser Arafat’s office compound and to heed to the appeal by the United Nations Security Council.
The Commission of the African Union wishes to reiterate that only a genuine and mutually acceptable political solution, recognizing the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and their right to sovereign independence, based on relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, can ensure lasting peace in the region.
The Commission of the African Union therefore calls upon Israel to end its military incursion and withdraw from Palestinian controlled areas so as to create the conducive atmosphere that will facilitate a return to the peace negotiations.