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        General Assembly
24 March 2010

Sixty-fourth session
Official Records

Third Committee

Summary record of the 40th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Tuesday, 10 November 2009, at 10 a.m.

Chairperson: Mr. Penke ................................................................................... (Latvia)



Agenda item 68: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued)


The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.


Agenda item 68: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued ) (A/C.3/64/L.51 and L.56)


Draft resolution A/C.3/64/L.56: The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination

10. Mr. Attiya (Egypt) said that the following countries had joined the list of sponsors: Armenia, Brunei Darussalam, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Gabon, Ghana, Italy, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia and Spain.

11. The sponsors had once again submitted the draft resolution because the Palestinian people continued to suffer under Israeli occupation and to be deprived of their fundamental rights, in particular their inalienable right to self-determination. The sponsors would continue to do so until that right was fully respected. The current text was identical to that of the previous year, with the exception of technical updates and of references to the elements on which the negotiations conducted in the context of the Middle East peace process were founded.

12. The ninth preambular paragraph was particularly important: it was only in their own territory that the Palestinian people would be able to establish an independent, sovereign and viable State and live in peace and security alongside the State of Israel. He hoped that the Member States would send a strong message of solidarity and encouragement to the Palestinian people by adopting the draft resolution by consensus. He was confident that the support of the international community would eventually allow the Palestinian people to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination in their own independent, sovereign and viable State with East Jerusalem as its capital.

13. The Chairperson said that the following countries had joined the list of sponsors: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iceland, Jamaica, Liberia, Norway, Republic of Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Switzerland and Uzbekistan.


The meeting rose at 1.15 p.m.

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