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Summary record of the 48th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Monday, 19 November 2007, at 10 a.m.
Chairman: Mr. Wolfe ............................................................... (Jamaica)
Agenda item 69: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued)
7. Mr. Attiya (Egypt), introducing the draft resolution, said that Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Monaco, the Russian Federation and Spain had joined the sponsors.
8. For over four decades, the Palestinian people had been suffering from Israeli occupation and denied their basic human rights in a flagrant violation of international law. The continued denial of their legitimate aspiration to self-determination, by oppressive and brutal means, compelled his delegation once again to submit the draft resolution in question.
9. The text was essentially the same as that of the resolution adopted at the previous session; one new preambular paragraph stressed the need for respect for and preservation of the territorial unity, contiguity and integrity of all of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. That element was central for the attainment and exercise by the Palestinian people of their right to self-determination, for it was only upon such Territory that they could establish their independent, sovereign and viable State, alongside the State of Israel.
10. His delegation hoped that Member States would send a strong message of solidarity and encouragement to the Palestinian people by adopting the draft resolution by consensus. International support for such an important resolution would contribute to the ultimate realization of the Palestinian people’s inalienable and long-overdue right to self-determination on their own land and in their own independent, sovereign and viable State, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
11. Mr. Khane (Secretary of the Committee) announced that Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Montenegro, Mozambique, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Suriname and the United Republic of Tanzania also wished to join in sponsoring the draft resolution.
The meeting rose at 12.25 p.m.
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