18 March 1997 (A/51/837, S/1997/233)

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: (Jabal Abu Ghneim) 

Following my letter to you of 17 March 1997, I wish to inform you that Israel, the occupying Power, has today, the 18th of March, begun the actual work for construction of a new settlement in the Jabal Abu Ghneim area to the south of occupied East Jerusalem. The Israeli occupying authorities closed off the area, declaring it a military zone, and sent in bulldozers to start the work.

We call upon the Security Council to convene an immediate, official meeting to consider this serious situation, and to adopt a resolution in this regard, clearly demanding the immediate and full cessation of all settlement activities in Jabal Abu Ghneim, East Jerusalem and throughout the occupied Palestinian territory.

We believe that it is the duty of the Council to act and to act rapidly in response to such grave developments.