Letter dated 22 July 1991 from the Permanent Representative

of the Philippines to the United Nations addressed to the 


On behalf of the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of the States members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN),  I have the honour to transmit to you herewith the text of the joint communiqué of the twenty-fourth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, issued at Kuala Lumpur on 20 July 1991 (see annex).

I should be grateful if you could arrange to have the present letter and its annex circulated as a document of the General Assembly under items 24, 33, 35, 37, 68, 75, 82 and 98 of the provisional agenda, and of the Security Council.

(Signed)  Sedfrey A. ORDONEZ


Permanent Representative




Joint Communiqué of the Twenty-fourth ASEAN Ministerial

Meeting issued at Kuala Lumpur on 20 July 1991


1. The twenty-fourth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting was held at Kuala Lumpur on 19 and 20 July 1991.  The meeting was formally opened by the Honourable Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia.





29. The Foreign Ministers reviewed the situation in the Middle East in the post-Gulf War period.  They welcomed the restoration of the legitimate Government of Kuwait and reaffirmed their commitment to the sovereignty, unity and independence and territorial integrity of all countries in the region.

30. The Foreign Ministers emphasized that the immediate post-war period was an opportune moment to address the fundamental causes of instability within the region, in particular the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian question.  They took note of the efforts of the United States in promoting peaceful settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian question.  They reaffirmed their support for the convening of an international conference under the auspices of the United Nations to work out a peace settlement.  In this connection, they stressed the need to adhere to the Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), which would uphold the right to security of all States in the region, including that of Israel, and recognition of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination with all that this implied, in particular, their right to a homeland.

31. The Foreign Ministers deplored the continuing establishment of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied territories in defiance of Security Council resolutions.