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        General Assembly
28 March 2005

Original: Spanish

Fifty-ninth session
Official Records

Third Committee

Summary record of the 17th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Monday, 18 October 2004, at 3 p.m.

Chairman: Ms. Groux (Vice-Chairperson) ........................................ (Switzerland)


Agenda item 101: Promotion and protection of the rights of children ( continued)

In the absence of Mr. Kuchinsky (Ukraine), Ms. Groux (Switzerland), Vice-Chairperson, took the Chair.

The meeting was called to order at 3.15 p.m.

Agenda item 101: Promotion and protection of the rights of children ( continued ) (A/59/41, A/59/41/Corr.1, A/59/184-S/2004/602, A/59/190, A/59/274 and A/59/331)


65. Mr. Sallam (Saudi Arabia) ...


67. Lastly, regarding the rights of the child, mention should be made of the destruction, deaths and suffering inflicted on Palestinian children in the occupied territories. In that connection, Saudi Arabia appealed to the international community, asking it to ensure respect for the rights of Palestinian children under the CRC.


71. Mr. Al-Hebsi (United Arab Emirates) ...


74. The delegation of the United Arab Emirates was deeply concerned over the tragic conditions under which Palestinian children lived in the occupied Palestinian territory as a result of the aggression inflicted by the Israeli occupying power. They suffered from poverty and serious diseases due to deteriorating economic conditions, caused by Israel’s policies of closure, destruction, and violations of international humanitarian law and international conventions. Therefore, the United Arab Emirates appealed to the international community to speed up its efforts to ensure a just, comprehensive, and permanent solution to the Palestinian problem; and to take the necessary measures to implement development programmes in the developing countries and the countries emerging from conflicts in order to save the children from violence, poverty and oppression.

75. Mr. Atia (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) recalled that the document entitled “A World Fit for Children”, adopted at the twenty-seventh special session of the General Assembly in 2002, had stressed the need to break the vicious circle of poverty and child victimization and to eliminate barriers and practices that jeopardized children’s physical and psychological integrity. It should be acknowledged that the efforts made had fallen short of the aspirations expressed through the commitments made by the international community in recent years; and that serious violations of the rights of children, violence against them and related abuses, such as prostitution and pornography, continued. Children were more exposed to the effects of wars and conflicts, foreign occupation and economic sanctions, as it was flagrant in images - disseminated by the media - of Palestinian children harassed by Israeli soldiers, deprived of food and medicines, witnessing the assassination of their parents and suffering horrors that constituted violations of international humanitarian law and of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and its Protocols. The international community should not evade its responsibility but put an end to those crimes.


90. Mr. Koubaa (Tunisia) ... Regarding children in the occupied Palestinian territories, it was essential to guarantee their security and well-being and implement the relevant provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Geneva Convention concerning the protection of civilians in times of war. Tunisia urged the international community to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to Palestinian children and their families. At the same time, it was necessary to build the capacities of United Nations mechanisms and civil society organizations (CSOs) in order to rehabilitate children affected by armed conflicts.


The meeting rose at 6 p.m.

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Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.

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