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Substantive session of 2006
PROVISIONAL SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 38th MEETING
Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Tuesday, 25 July 2006, at 3 p.m.
President: Mr. MÉRORÈS (Haiti)
SOCIAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS QUESTIONS (continued)
(a) ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN (E/2006/27 and Corr.1, E/2006/65, E/2006/80 and E/2006/CRP.4)
Draft resolution II: Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women
Mr. MILLER (United States of America) called for a vote to be taken on the draft resolution.
Albania, having been drawn by lot by the President, was called upon to vote first.
In favour: Albania, Angola, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Benin, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Against: Australia, United States of America.
The draft resolution was adopted by 38 votes to 2, with 1 abstention.
Mr. O’BRIEN (Australia) said his country remained concerned about the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories, including that of women. Total aid flows from Australia to the Palestinian territories and Palestinian refugees in surrounding countries had been around US$ 16 million in 2005 and 2006. Australia had voted against the draft resolution on the grounds that it was unbalanced and politicized humanitarian concerns in an unhelpful manner.