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        General Assembly
5 November 2008

Original: English

Special Political and Decolonization Committee
(Fourth Committee)

Summary record of the 5th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Thursday, 9 October 2008, at 3 p.m.

Chairman: Mr. Argüello . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Argentina)

Contents ____________________

The meeting was called to order at 3.10 p.m.


Agenda item 33: Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 eof the Charter of the United Nations (continued) (A/63/65)

Agenda item 34: Economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories (continued) (A/63/23 (chaps. V and XII))

Agenda item 35: Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the United Nations (continued) (A/63/23 (chaps. VI and XII) and A/63/61)

Agenda item 36: Offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories (continued) (A/63/67)

Agenda item 37: Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (Territories not covered under other agenda items) (continued) (A/63/23 (chaps. VIII, IX, X and XII), A/63/23/Add.1 and A/63/131)

87. The Chairman invited the Committee to continue the general debate on the items under consideration.


88. Mr. Butt (Pakistan) said that progress on the unfinished decolonization agenda had been painstakingly slow in recent years, due to lack of implementation of relevant international commitments and obligations. His delegation supported the recommendations of the Special Committee, including the call on the administering Powers to take all necessary steps for full and effective implementation of the Declaration on decolonization, and the relevant United Nations resolutions.

89. The international community must renew its commitment to the complete eradication of colonialism. Furthermore, decolonization and self-determination — a fundamental human right — were essential to guaranteeing the universal respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms. His Government therefore supported the inalienable right of all peoples living in non-self-governing territories, as well as those living under foreign occupation and colonial or alien domination, to self-determination.


91. The people of Palestine and the people of Jammu and Kashmir, had been waiting for decades to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination. Peaceful resolution of those core underlying issues was necessary for achieving peace, stability and progress in the Middle East and South Asia. For Palestine, hopes were still pinned on the Annapolis process, which had envisaged a peace treaty by the end of 2008. A composite peace process was also under way between India and Pakistan, whose leaders had recently agreed on several measures to promote an increasingly constructive dialogue for the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir issue.


110. Mr. Mbuende (Namibia) said that as the Second Decade drew to a close, it was the collective responsibility of the Member States to ensure that colonialism was eradicated from the face of the planet by the year 2010. Namibia called on countries administering Non-Self-Governing Territories to speed up the process of granting independence and selfdetermination to the peoples of those Territories, and urged the United Nations and the Committee to leave no stone unturned in their efforts to bring a speedy end to colonialism and foreign occupation.


112. Namibia noted with concern reports of human rights violations against the Saharawi people, and urged the Security Council to mandate the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to monitor human rights violations in that Territory. It was unacceptable that some Member States continued to refuse to include any mention of human rights in resolutions on the question of Western Sahara. Namibia was also concerned that the right of the people of Palestine to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination remained unresolved, and called for the immediate implementation of all United Nations resolutions on Palestine and the establishment of an independent Palestinian State. /... ____________________
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