We are shocked by the news from Lebanon and the Lebanese-Israeli border area. We are deeply moved by the loss of human life, the suffering and destruction. We think that this new cycle of violence, if it were to continue, could have disastrous consequences for the whole area.
We have taken note of the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council of a resolution expressing grave concern at the violation of the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of Lebanon and calling on all the parties to the conflict to cease immediately and simultaneously all military activities in Lebanon and across the LebaneseIsraeli border. We have also taken note of the appeal addressed to the parties by Mr. Pérez de Cuéllar, Secretary-General of the UN, and of a message sent by him to the President of the French Republic, as Chairman of this meeting.
We strongly endorse the urgent appeals by the Security Council and the Secretary-General for an immediate and simultaneous cessation of violence, and we call upon all the parties to heed these appeals, in order that peace and security throughout the area be safeguarded.
Each of our governments will use all the means at its disposal to achieve this objective.
Source: France, Ministère des Relations extérieures, La Politique étrangère de la France: textes et documents, avril-mai-juin 1982 (Paris: La Documentation française, 1982), p. 122; Great Britain, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Political Declarations and Statements of Annual Economic Summits, 1978-1986 (London, 198-) [unpublished].
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