13 March 1998 (Not distributed)

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

I am writing to you prior to your trip to the Middle East to wish you the best and to welcome you in advance. We are certain that your trip will have a positive impact on the dangerous and continuously deteriorating situation in the region, especially in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem.

The current situation is being exacerbated even further by the existence of Israeli plans for additional steps which violate international law and numerous relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. Such plans include attempts by the so-called "Jerusalem Municipality" to organize events and meetings in Jerusalem, with the aim of bestowing any kind of legitimacy upon the illegal situation created in the City by the occupying Power. Jerusalem, of course, remains the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in specific and the Arab-Israeli conflict as a whole.

We are confident that your visit will be a very good opportunity to reiterate the established positions of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council, with regard to the critical and sensitive issue of Jerusalem. The Palestinian people place a great amount of hope upon the United Nations and, indeed, the international community has reaffirmed the permanent responsibility of the United Nations towards the question of Palestine until it is solved in all its aspects.