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UNITED
NATIONS
A S

        General Assembly
        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
A/55/721
S/2000/1258

29 December 2000

English
Original: Arabic

General Assembly
Fifty-fifth session
Agenda item 40
The situation in the Middle East
Security Council
Fifty-fifth year



Letter dated 29 December 2000 from the Permanent Representative of Lebanon
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


On instructions from my Government and with reference to my previous letters, I have the honour to inform you below of the series of Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty by land, sea and air occurring from 26 December 2000 to 28 December 2000.


Violations on 26 December 2000


TimePlaceObservations
1155-1200Israeli helicopter over Ruwaysat al-Alam in Shab′a Farms
2300-2400Israeli helicopters over Shab′a Farms

Violations on 27 December 2000

Time PlaceObservations
1000Four objectives over DamurMedium altitude
1000Two objectives over JubaylMedium altitude
1000Two objectives over the western BekaaMedium altitude
1015Two maritime objectives 7 miles off the coast from BeirutMedium altitude
1015Military flight over the western BekaaMedium altitude
1230-1430A reconnaissance aircraft over Shab′a FarmsVery high altitude


Violations on 28 December 2000


TimePlaceObservations
1100South-northMilitary flight
1140NabatiyahMilitary flight
1150TyreMilitary flight at very high altitude
1250Shab'aHelicopters
1400South-northMilitary flight
1530 and 1700Shab'a FarmsCombing with medium-weapon fire. Reconnaissance aircraft flight
1810 and 1825Shab'a FarmsHelicopters and a reconnaissance aircraft


The new series of Israeli violations, which follows upon previous ones, constitutes a blatant violation of resolution 425 (1978) and of the sovereignty of Lebanon and a threat to stability in the region.

The Lebanese Government calls upon the Secretary-General to take the necessary measures to put a definitive halt to these violations.

I should be grateful if you would have this letter circulated as an official document of the fifty-fifth session of the General Assembly, under agenda item 40, and of the Security Council.


(Signed) Sélim Tadmoury
Permanent Representative


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