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UNITED
NATIONS
A S

        General Assembly
        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
A/43/971
S/20332

15 December 1988

ENGLISH
Original: ARABIC/ENGLISH

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Forty-third session
Agenda items 37
QUESTION OF PALESTINE
SECURITY COUNCIL
Forty-third year


Letter dated 14 December 1988 from the Charge d'affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission
of Qatar to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


I have the honour to transmit herewith the statement in Arabic issued by the Council of Ministers of the State of Qatar which includes the recognition by the State of Qatar of the independent Palestinian State (see annex).

I should be grateful if you would have the present letter and its annex distributed as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda item 37, and of the Security Council.
(Signed) Nassir Abdelaziz AL-NASSER
Charge d'affaires a.i.

ANNEX
Statement issued on 16 November 1988 by the Council of Ministers of the State of Qatar
concerning the recognition of the Palestinian State
Declaration by the Council of Ministers


The State of Qatar, which has constantly given its utmost support to the fraternal Palestinian people and backed its just struggle to regain its legitimate rights, first and foremost its right to self-determination and to establish an independent State on its own soil under the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization, its sole legitimate representative, declares that it warmly welcomes the historic decision issued by the Palestine National Council at its nineteenth extraordinary session, held in the Democratic Republic of Algeria from 12 to 14 November 1988, to declare the establishment of an independent Palestinian State on Palestinian soil.

The State of Qatar, in declaring its recognition of the Palestinian State, expresses its sincere wish that the heroic struggle of the fraternal Palestinian people, which is engaged in resisting the odious Zionist occupation and which has set admirable examples of courage and displayed a spirit of self-sacrifice, will culminate in a clear victory and that the Palestinian people will attain its noble goal of living as a fully independent master of its land in complete freedom and dignity.




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