10 August 1995 (Not distributed)

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

You will recall my letter to you, dated 31 March 1995, on the subject of the proper and full implementation of General Assembly resolutions relevant to the status and rights of the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations. Unfortunately, I have not yet received a response in this regard.

At this stage, however, I wish to draw your attention to the actions taken by the General Assembly with regard to the participation of Palestine in the Special Commemorative Meeting of the General Assembly on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations. Those actions, including the relevant segments of General Assembly resolution 49/12B of 30 May 1995, once more clarified the difference in the treatment accorded by the Assembly to Palestine, in this case along with member states and non-member states, in comparison with other observers. As such, these actions confirmed our positions on the need to rectify the seating arrangement, as well as the listing, of Palestine in the Book of Permanent Missions to the United Nations (Blue Book), as we explained in our previous letters. In fact, the above-mentioned actions of the General Assembly have rendered positions to the contrary invalid.

It is our hope that, in light of the above, it will be possible for the Secretariat to properly list Palestine in a separate category in the Blue Book after the category of non-member states, to be entitled "Others having received a standing invitation..." Of course, the seating arrangements should accordingly reflect this adjustment. In fact, it is not possible to have the arrangements presently followed by the Secretariat reconciled with those arrangements detailed in General Assembly resolution 49/12 B of 30 May 1995. Finally, Your Excellency, allow me to stress that what we seek does not imply a change in the status of Palestine in the United Nations; we seek only the proper and full implementation of relevant General Assembly actions.