21 October 1993 (Not distributed)

Note 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: (Peaceful Settlement of the Question of Palestine Resolution) 

The Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations presents his compliments to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and has the honor to refer to the note verbale, dated 14 September 1993, regarding General Assembly resolution 47/64D, and seeks to convey the position of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which retains the powers and responsibilities of the Provisional Government of Palestine, on this matter.

In operative paragraph 2 of resolution 47/64D, the General Assembly "welcomes the ongoing peace process, which started at Madrid, and expresses the hope that it will lead to the establishment of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region."

The most significant development emanating from that peace process has been the recent signing at Washington, D.C., on 13 September 1993, of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, including its Annexes and Agreed Minutes, by the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Government of the State of Israel and by the United States of America and the Russian Federation, as the co-sponsors of the peace process [Document A/48/486 and S/26560]. That agreement and the mutual recognition by the two sides constitute a very important and positive development and step towards the establishment of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.

According to the agreement, negotiations on the final settlement, which include several crucial elements, have been postponed and will commence as soon as possible, but not later than the beginning of the third year of the interim period. The most crucial elements to be negotiated include the final status of Jerusalem, the illegal settlements, the rights of the Palestinian refugees and borders. A necessity for the smooth proceeding of the process is the achievement of similar progress on other tracks of the peace process between the concerned Arab states and Israel.

Operative paragraph 3 of General Assembly resolution 47/64D "expresses the need for the United Nations to play a more active and expanded role in the current peace process." The Palestine Liberation Organization strongly stresses this need and calls for the full engagement of the United Nations in the peace process, as well as in the provision of assistance to the Palestinian people in their efforts to build their new life and own authority and to effectively implement the Declaration of Principles.

In operative paragraph 5 of the same resolution, the General Assembly reaffirmed the principles for the achievement of comprehensive peace. The Palestine Liberation Organization strongly believes that it is the duty of the international community to maintain its position of principle with regard to the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the elements of the final settlement. It is therefore the position of the Palestine Liberation Organization that the General Assembly take it upon itself to once more reaffirm the principles for the achievement of comprehensive peace in the Middle East. The principle of the permanent responsibility of the United Nations towards the Question of Palestine, until the question is actually resolved in all its aspects, is worth emphasizing in this regard.

Finally, the Palestine Liberation Organization would like to underscore the request made by Assembly in operative paragraph 7 for "the Secretary-General to continue his efforts with the parties concerned, and in consultation with the Security Council, for the promotion of peace in the region, and to submit progress reports on developments in this matter." The Palestine Liberation Organization stands ready to fully cooperate with the Secretary-General to carry out those efforts in an effective and successful manner.