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I kindly request that this enclosure, map and letter, be circulated as an official document of the fifty-fourth session of the General Assembly, under agenda item 43, and of the Security Council, as a second addendum to document number A/54/870-S/2000/443.
Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.
In looking at the map, there is clearly visible a boundary line numbered from 4 to 39 and then 56, so that north of that line falls the territory of the Lebanese Republic, including all the Shab`a farmlands, while Syrian territory is located south of the line. It should also be mentioned that the Syrian-Lebanese boundary line is located at a distance that varies between a minimum of 500 metres and a maximum of 120 metres north of the Baniyas-Marj Uyun road, which is shown on all of the military and civilian maps in circulation.
This map, the original of which is in the possession of the Lebanese Government, proves incontrovertibly that the Shab`a farmlands are subject to Lebanese sovereignty.
Any failure to take account of such irrefutable documents and cogent evidence or the adoption of any other view of the matter will constitute gross and unwarranted prejudice to Lebanon’s interests and a violation of its sovereignty. This is particularly so since the area indicated is unequivocally Lebanese and is not in dispute. Lebanon and its people would find it astonishing if any injustice were done to them in this regard, particularly when it is the United Nations that is the legal authority that safeguards the rights of States.