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        General Assembly
7 November 2002

Original: English

Fifty-sevention session
Official Records

Sixth Committee

Summary record of the 7th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Wednesday, 2 October 2002, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Prandler ........................................(Hungary)


Agenda item 152: Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and relating to the protection of victims of armed conflicts

Agenda item 160: Measures to eliminate international terrorism

The meeting was called to order at 10.10 a.m.

Agenda item 152: Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and relating to the protection of victims of armed conflicts (A/57/164 and Add.1)


21. Mr. Aguilar Zinser (Mexico) ...


22. Another alarming aspect of civilian involvement in armed conflicts was the existence of large numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons, which posed an enormous challenge to the international community. While the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and ICRC played key roles, non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Doctors without Borders rendered invaluable service in documenting and publicizing serious violations of international humanitarian law.

23. Clearly, ratification of the Protocols was only a first step; it was the duty of States to implement them fully, to disseminate the standards of international humanitarian law and to establish an institutional mechanism for prosecuting those responsible for serious violations, or, failing that, to allow the International Criminal Court to perform its role. Compliance with humanitarian standards did not allow for double standards or equivocation. His delegation supported the declaration adopted by the Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, convened on 5 December 2001, which had reaffirmed the applicability of the Convention to the occupied Palestinian territory.


34. Mr. Al-Khasawneh (Jordan) ...


35. His delegation wished to emphasize that the forms of protection afforded by the Geneva Conventions and the additional Protocols applied to the Occupied Palestinian Territory in the entirety of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Such protection was legally binding on all States, whether or not they were parties, since it reflected principles of customary international law.


42. Mr. Samy (Egypt) ...


43. Universal application of the Conventions and the two Protocols were extremely important, particularly in the occupied Palestinian territories. He wished to point out, however, that those instruments were binding on all countries, whether or not they were parties to them. His delegation also welcomed the entry into force of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as another means of consolidating international humanitarian law and the application of the Geneva Conventions and their Protocols.


Agenda item 160: Measures to eliminate international terrorism (A/57/37 and 183 and Add.1)


54. Mr. Ibrahim (Syrian Arab Republic) ...


56. The crimes perpetrated by Israel on a daily basis against the Arab population of the occupied territories and the occupied Syrian Golan were war crimes and acts of terrorism. Israel was putting its own interpretation on the question of combating terrorism and on the resolutions of the United Nations: its systematic perpetration of State terrorism against the Palestinian people, its policy of assassination, the destruction of homes, the confiscation of Palestinian land, the blockading of towns and villages, the killing and wounding of numerous Palestinian civilians, large-scale arrests, including of children, and the use of the most modern aircraft, tanks and heavy weapons and other means of destruction were all legitimate, according to Israel, on the grounds of self-defence and in order to combat what it termed Palestinian terrorism. Self-defence, however, did not legitimize Israel’s continuing occupation or its acts of destruction and killing.


The meeting rose at 12.55 p.m.

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