24 May 1995 (A/50/191, S/1995/418)

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: (Veto-Jerusalem) 

As you know, the draft resolution contained in document S/1995/394, which was sponsored by the members of the Security Council who are members of the Non-Aligned Movement and which was put to a vote by the Council on 17 May 1995, received 14 votes but was not adopted due to the casting of a negative vote by a permanent member of the Council, namely the United States of America.

However, all members states who spoke before the Council during the consideration of the issue of the illegal Israeli confiscation orders of 53 hectares of land in occupied East Jerusalem, as well as all Council members, including the United States, at the least expressed disagreement with the Israeli action.

At a later stage, it was brought to our attention that the Israeli Cabinet, in an emergency meeting on 22 May 1995, decided to "suspend the expropriation of 53 hectares of land in Jerusalem." This came in addition to the decision by the Israeli Government on 15 May 1995, which was brought to the attention of some members of the Council and which stated that, inter alia, "the Cabinet has no intention to carry out additional expropriation of land in Jerusalem for housing purposes." While both of these actions could be considered as steps in the correct direction to meet the position of the international community on the issue, they are hardly enough to satisfy previous relevant Security Council resolutions and international law. In this regard, we look forward to complete and scrupulous compliance by Israel, the occupying Power.

In any event, these and other relevant developments should be followed closely by the Council. We strongly believe that the Council ought to remain seized of the matter and keep itself apprised of any further Israeli steps with regard to the land in question, with the aim of ensuring that the illegal confiscation orders will not be carried out and that no building will take place on that land or any other land in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem.