DOCUMENT S/19616*

Letter dated 14 March 1988 from the representative

of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

to the Secretary-General

[Original: Arabic]

[14 March 1988]

I have the honour to transmit to you herewith a letter addressed to you from Mr. Jadallah Azzouz Talhi, Secretary of the People's Committee of the People's Bureau for Foreign Liaison, concerning the United States Administration's continuing hostility and arrogance towards the United Nations and towards peoples struggling for freedom and independence, and concerning its decision to enforce the legislation regarding the closure of the office of the Observer Mission of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United States.

I should be grateful if you would have the text of this letter and its annex circulated as a document of the General Assembly and of the Security Council.

(Signed) Ali A. TREIKI

Permanent Representative

of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

to the United Nations


LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE PEOPLE'S

COMMITTEE OF THE PEOPLE'S BUREAU FOR FOREIGN

LIAISON OF THE LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA ADDRESSED

TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

On many occasions we have warned about the gravity of the United States Administration's arbitrary and irresponsible actions against missions and officials of States Members of the United Nations. Such actions constitute flagrant violations of all the rules and conventions of international law. Today, we note with dismay that the United States Administration is persisting in its hostile and arrogant policy towards the United Nations and towards peoples struggling for freedom and independence, and has decided to enforce the legislation regarding the closure of the New York office of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United Nations as from 21 March 1988.

The only explanation for this arbitrary action is that the United States Administration has yielded to Zionist pressure and blackmail. Such action represents a continuation of the open hostility and racist measures against the Arab nation and the children of the Palestinian Arab people. The impressive popular uprising against the racist Zionist occupation in which they are now engaged is an attempt to secure their legitimate rights. The occupation forces, for their part, are using all legitimate means to crush that uprising, with the assistance of the United States Administration. The decision by that Administration constitutes a flagrant violation of the 1947 Agreement 1/ and of General Assembly resolutions 3237 (XXIX), 42/210 B and 42/229 A and B. The United States Administration is thus flouting the wishes of the international community and failing to honour its obligations towards the United Nations. This is a dangerous precedent for future treatment of all missions to the United Nations.

This situation only serves to confirm our often-stated conviction: the United States is no longer the right place for the Headquarters of the United Nations. The international community must therefore assume its responsibilities and work towards moving the Headquarters to a peace-loving country capable of abiding by its international commitments.

I am grateful to you for your efforts to find a solution to this problem, and I appeal to you to take such action as you may consider appropriate in order to ensure the representation of the Palestine Liberation Organization at the United Nations.

Jadallah Azzouz TALHI

Secretary of the People's Committee

of the People's Bureau for Foreign Liaison

of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

*Circulated under the double symbol A/43/215-S/19616.

Notes

1/ Agreement between the United Nations and the United States of America regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations (see General Assembly resolution 169 (II)).


Document symbol: S/19616
Document Type: Letter
Document Sources: Security Council
Country: Libya
Subject: PLO/Palestine
Publication Date: 14/03/1988