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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 19th MEETING
Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Thursday, 28 September 2006, at 10 a.m.
President: Mr. DE ALBA (Mexico)
Consideration of reports, studies and other documents prepared by the Secretariat, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Secretary-General (A/HRC/2/CRP.3 and 4; E/CN.4/2006/4, 9, 10 and Add.1, Add.1/Corr.2 and Add.2, E/CN.4/2006/12-15, 20-23, 24 and Corr.1, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 and Corr.1, 32, 37, 38, 39 and Add.1, 40, 49-51, 58, E/CN.4/2006/59-E/CN.6/2006/9, E/CN.4/2006/60-E/CN.6/2006/10, 63 and Add.1, 64, 65, 68-70, 72, 75-77, 80 and Add.1, 81, 83-94, 99, 100 and Add.1, 101-108, 116, 117, 119 and 121; JIU/REP/2006/3)
Ms. ARBOUR (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) ...
17. In the Occupied Palestinian Territory, as elsewhere, human rights advocacy could not of itself offer adequate protection or ensure respect for human rights; only a political solution to the conflict could end the people’s suffering. In the meantime, compliance by all persons in positions of responsibility with their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law was of the utmost importance. She would soon have an opportunity to make a first-hand assessment of conditions when she visited Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. OHCHR was prepared to contribute to any measure that could improve the human rights situation.