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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 1st MEETING
Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Monday, 12 March 2007, at 10 a.m.
President: Mr. DE ALBA (Mexico)
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SWISS CONFEDERATION AND HEAD OF THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
17. Ms. CALMY-REY (Switzerland) ...
24. Resumption of the Middle East peace process was contingent on respect for human rights and international humanitarian law. The clashes in that region continued to take their heaviest toll on the civilian population. She called for the immediate cessation of all acts of violence against civilians and an end to the destruction of civilian infrastructure and the expansion of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Obstacles to freedom of movement should be proportionate to security needs, and communication between the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem must be guaranteed. The resumption of economic activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory was the only lasting solution to poverty, unemployment and the lack of job security.
STATEMENT BY THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND IMMIGRATION OF LUXEMBOURG
41. Mr. ASSELBORN (Observer for Luxembourg) ...
44. A political solution and a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East could only be achieved through dialogue and negotiation between all the parties, especially Palestinians and Israelis. The gravity of the human rights situation, especially in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, had been widely documented by OHCHR and the Council, and the time had come to put an end to the violence, insecurity and constant violation of human rights. In that connection, he called on all States, especially Israel, to cooperate with the missions deployed by the Council.
STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF JORDAN
59. Mr. AL-KHATIB (Jordan) ...
60. In practice, however, the horrors of international and internal armed conflicts and foreign occupation demonstrated the fragility of human rights in many regions. Time and again in the recent past the world had witnessed cases of genocide, war crimes and massacres. The Palestinian people continued to suffer serious human rights violations under Israeli occupation. It was essential to enforce Security Council resolutions and to end the occupation so that the Palestinians could establish an independent State.
STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF SWEDEN
94. Mr. BILDT (Observer for Sweden) ...
96. The Council must meet current human rights challenges in order to dispel fears that it would not live up to the high expectations placed in it. It must deal with blatant human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and in Darfur, even though the Sudanese Government had denied entry to the Council’s fact-finding mission, and it must turn its attention to the human rights situation in countries such as Myanmar, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Belarus, Cuba, Uzbekistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE
101. Mr. IHSANOGLU (Organization of the Islamic Conference) ...
102. Human rights violations and the tragic consequences of occupation in Palestine and other Arab territories remained a deep concern for the Islamic world. The Human Rights Council could make a historic contribution to the alleviation of the Palestinian people’s suffering through timely consideration of that issue. The occupying Power must be called upon to recognize the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the establishment of a sovereign State. The occupying Power should likewise be made to abide by the tenets of the Fourth Geneva Convention: innocent people must never be killed in any circumstances whatsoever. Terrorism was a crime against humanity, irrespective of whether it was perpetrated by individuals, organized groups or States.
103. Israel should abandon its unlawful and provocative excavations in the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa mosque immediately and cease to tamper with the demographic status of Jerusalem. It was essential for the Council’s credibility that the resolutions adopted at its two special sessions should be implemented. Palestinian ministers, lawmakers and officials who had been kidnapped must be freed. The economic blockade that had impeded the Palestinian people’s access to food, medicine and basic health facilities was unacceptable. The international community could not remain silent about the daily humiliation suffered by all Palestinians.