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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/54/432
6 October 1999

Original: English

Agenda items 12, 20 (a) and (b), 34, 37, 43, 49 (a) and (b), 58, 59, 61, 97 (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e), 98 (a), 99 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) and (h), 100 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f), 101 (a) and (b), 103, 104, 105, 110, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 124, 125 and 151
Report of the Economic and Social Council
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: strengthening of coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations; special economic assistance to individual countries or regions
Dialogue among civilizations
Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development
The situation in the Middle East
United Nations reform: measures and proposals: United Nations reform: measures and proposals; the Millennium Assembly of the United Nations
Launching of global negotiations on international economic cooperation for development
Strengthening of the United Nations system
Restructuring and revitalization of the United Nations in the economic, social and related fields
Macroeconomic policy questions: high-level international intergovernmental consideration of financing for development; financing of development, including net transfer of resources between developing and developed countries; trade and development; science and technology for development; external debt crisis and development
Sectoral policy questions: industrial development cooperation
Sustainable development and international economic cooperation: implementation of the commitments and policies agreed upon in the Declaration on International Economic Cooperation, in particular the Revitalization of Economic Growth and Development of the Developing Countries, and implementation of the International Development Strategy for the Fourth United Nations Development Decade; implementation of the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements; women in development; human resources development; international migration and development, including the question of the convening of a United Nations conference on international migration and development to address migration issues; implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the 1990s; renewal of the dialogue on strengthening international economic cooperation for development through partnership; implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development
Environment and sustainable development: implementation of Agenda 21 and the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21; international Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction; convention on Biological Diversity; protection of global climate for present and future generations of mankind; implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, particularly in Africa; implementation of the outcome of the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
Operational activities for development: operational activities for development of the United Nations system; economic and technical cooperation among developing countries
Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources
Globalization and interdependence
Implementation of the first United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006)
Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women
Review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial functioning of the United Nations
Programme budget for the biennium 1998-1999
Programme planning
Proposed programme budget for the biennium 2000-2001
Improving the financial situation of the United Nations
Pattern of conferences
Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations
Administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of the United Nations peacekeeping operations




Letter dated 29 September 1999 from the Permanent Representative of Guyana
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General



I have the honour to transmit herewith the Ministerial declaration (see annex I) and the Ministerial statement on the South Summit (see annex II), adopted on the occasion of the twenty-third annual meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 24 September 1999.

On behalf of the Group of 77 I would highly appreciate it if you could arrange for the present letter and its annexes to be circulated, as a document of the fifty-fourth session of the General Assembly under agenda items 12, 20 (a) and (b), 34, 37, 43, 49 (a) and (b), 58, 59, 61, 97 (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e), 98 (a), 99 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) and (h), 100 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f), 101 (a) and (b), 103, 104, 105, 110, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 124, 125 and 151.

(Signed) S. R. Insanally
Ambassador
Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations
Chairman of the Group of 77




Annex I
Ministerial declaration on the South Summit, adopted at the
twenty-third annual meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the
Group of 77, held at United Nations Headquarters on 24 September 1999

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Situation in the Middle East

89. The Ministers noted with interest the recent developments in the region related to the Middle East peace process. They also expressed their concern over the persistence of the difficult economic and social situation of the Palestinian people as a result of the continued occupation and illegal Israeli policies and actions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, particularly settlement activities, and the closure of the Palestinian Territory. In this context, the Ministers stressed the need to preserve the territorial integrity of all of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, to guarantee the freedom of movement of persons and goods, and to respect the fundamental human rights of the Palestinian people. The Ministers re-emphasized the need for international assistance to support Palestinian development efforts in the economic and social fields, and called on the international donor community to deliver the financial assistance pledges to the Palestinian Authority.

90. The Ministers reaffirmed their support for the Middle East peace process, aimed at achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region on the basis of Security council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), and 425 (1978) and the principle of land for peace. They further reaffirmed their support to the Palestinian people in their effort to achieve their inalienable rights, including their right to establish an independent state on their national soil, including Jerusalem. In this context the Ministers urgently called for the full and speedy implementation of the agreements reached and for international support to reactivate and complete the peace process from the point where it was stopped at, emphasizing the necessity to respect all agreements, pledges and commitments reached during previous stage of the peace talks. The Ministers expressed their deep concern at the stalled peace process on the Lebanese-Israeli and Syrian-Israeli tracks, and at the persistence of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the other Arab territories, which gravely deteriorate the living conditions of the Arab population under occupation, as well as negatively affect the national efforts to achieve sustained economic growth and sustainable development in the region. They further expressed grave concern over the escalating Israeli policies of building and expanding settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem and the occupied Syrian Golan, in violation of international law, relevant United Nations resolutions and the Fourth Geneva Convention, of 12 August 1949. The Ministers reaffirmed further the permanent responsibility of the United Nations towards the Question of Palestine, and called upon Israel to comply with all relevant United Nations resolutions and to put an end to its occupation of Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the other Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan and south Lebanon.

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