30 July 1993 (Not distributed)

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

In reference to the letter (A/47/994 - S/26196), dated 29 July 1993, from the Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations, I would like to state the following:

We firmly support the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Lebanon, and we do also appreciate the brotherly relationship that exists between the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian leadership on the one hand and the Lebanese government on the other hand.

At the same time, we adhere to our duty and right to defend the safety and well being of Palestinian civilians, including those living in the refugee camps of Lebanon, against Israeli attack. In this regard, we recall several previous agreements on the security and safety of the Palestinian civilians in those refugee camps.

We sympathize greatly with, and also share in, the suffering of Lebanon in the face of the recent Israeli aggression, and we do support the steps taken by the Lebanese government in this regard. However, we were compelled to move, after several days following the start of the Israeli aggression, and in light of the apparent lack of action; with the aim of defending Palestinian civilians through the established international machinery, in this case the Security Council, which has clear responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.

We reiterate our belief that the Security Council has to immediately consider the situation and take concrete measures to bring the Israeli aggression to an end, and we call upon the Council to do so, as we did in our letters, dated 28 July 1993, to Your Excellency and to the President of the Security Council.