16 February 1993 (A/47/890, S/25294)

Letter from Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the Security Council: (Deportation)

I am instructed by the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which retains the powers and responsibilities of the Provisional Government of Palestine, to bring the following to your attention.

Some media organizations have misinterpreted the proceedings of the Security Council and the comments made by Your Excellency to the media on Friday, 12 February 1993, following the informal consultations of the Council on the issue of Israel's deportation of more than 400 Palestinian civilians. Furthermore, several Israeli officials mispresented those comments, in an attempt to show that there had been a change in the position of the Council or a departure from the terms of resolution 799 (1992). However, to our knowledge, as the party concerned with the issue, there is no Security Council document or anything on the records of the Council that would indicate any formal action taken by the Council on Friday, 12 February 1993, or on any other date since the adoption of resolution 799 (1992). We trust that all members of the Security Council stand by their unanimous vote for resolution 799 (1992), and that they remain faithful to their duties under the Charter of the United Nations and to the principles of international law.

The proceedings of Friday, 12 February 1993, and the escalating campaign of terror and repression by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, the last example of which was the destruction of twenty-two homes in Khan Yunis on 11 February 1993, both require speedy action by the Council. We reiterate our positions, as stated in our letter to Your Excellency on 11 February 1993, and once more urge the Security Council to urgently consider the report presented by the Secretary-General to the Security Council in accordance with resolution 799 (1992), with the aim of adopting specific measures to guarantee respect of the decisions of the Council and of putting an end to the agony and suffering of the Palestinian people.