Letter dated 7 October 1985 from the Permanent Representative

of Senegal to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

I have the honour to transmit to you herewith the text of the messages addressed by His Excellency Mr. Abdou Diouf, President of the Republic of Senegal and current Chairman of the Organization of African Unity, to President Habib Bourquiba and Chairman Yasser Arafat, President of the Republic of Tunisia and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) respectively, following the raid carried out by Israel in the Republic of Tunisia.

I should be grateful if you would arrange for this letter and the text of the two above-mentioned messages to be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under agenda items 33 and 38, and of the Security Council.

(Signed) Massamba SARRE

Permanent Representative of Senegal

to the United Nations


 

ANNEX I

Message from the President of the Republic of Senegal addressed to

the President of the Republic of Tunisia following the raid carried out by Israel

I have just learned with surprise and consternation, while on my way to the Front-Line States in my capacity as current Chairman of OAU, of the violation by Israel of your country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity through its bombing of Palestinian camps situated in the suburbs of Tunis.

This barbarous raid has caused numerous casualties among innocent victims and significant material damage.

On this distressing occasion, I should like to express to you my active solidarity and that of the Senegalese people.

We strongly condemn this savage act, which violates all the principles of international law and also those of the Charter of the United Nations to which the Jewish State has, however, acceded.

In my capacity as current Chairman of OAU, I should also like to express to you the sense of shock felt by Africa, and our unreserved support in these most trying circumstances.

Let Israel, which is no longer troubled by the condemnation of the international community, know that all of Africa is on Tunisia's side and strongly castigates its action, which is frankly unworthy of our day and age.

Abdou DIOUF

President of the Republic of Senegal

Current Chairman of OAU


ANNEX II

Message from the President of the Republic of Senegal addressed to the

Chairman of the PLO following the raid carried out by Israel in the Republic of Tunisia

In its blind frenzy against the Palestinian people, Israel has, by its deadly and senseless bombing of Palestinian refugee camps in the suburbs of Tunis, once again perpetrated an act of deliberate murder against innocent civilian populations.

I should like to express to you on this painful occasion my deep sympathy, total support and active solidarity, and that of the Senegalese People.

Senegal strongly condemns this blatant act of aggression which tramples underfoot the rights of individuals and the Charter of the United Nations at a time when the international community is preparing to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the entry into force of the document adopted at San Francisco.

In my capacity as current Chairman of OAU, I should also like to reiterate to you the solidarity of Africa which, like the PLO against Israel, is waging a struggle for the freedom and dignity of its people.

Through me, Africa expresses to you its unswerving support for the PLO, the sole authentic representative of the independent and sovereign Palestinian people.

Abdou DIOUF

President of the Republic of Senegal

Current Chairman of OAU

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Document symbol: A/40/741|S/17559
Document Type: Letter, Message
Document Sources: General Assembly, Organization of African Unity (OAU), Security Council, YMCA
Subject: Agenda Item, Casualties, Incidents, Palestine question
Publication Date: 07/10/1985