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        General Assembly
26 November 2003

Original: French

Fifty-eighth session
Official Records

Third Committee

Summary record of the 53rd meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Thursday, 20 November 2003, at 3 p.m.

Chairman: Mr. Belinga-Eboutou .............................................. (Cameroon)


Agenda item 116 : Right of peoples to self-determination (continued)


The meeting was called to order at 3:20 p.m.

Agenda item 116: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued) (A/C.3/58/L.31)

Draft resolution A/C.3/58/L.31: Universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination

1. The Chairman invited the Committee to take a decision on draft resolution A/C.3/58/L.31.

2. Ms. Hall (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) said that her country wished to withdraw its name from the list of sponsors of the draft resolution, given the deterioration of the conditions under which it had been submitted. Her delegation would vote in favour of the text.

3. Mr. Gopinathan (India) ...


6. India fully supported the cause of Palestine and had sponsored the draft resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. His delegation deeply regretted the fact that the main sponsor of the draft resolution on self-determination should disparage the Palestinian cause in order to serve its own territorial ambitions. The text was unacceptable, and he asked for a vote. His delegation would vote against the draft resolution.


The meeting rose at 6.10 p.m.

This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned within one week of the date of publication to the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section, room DC2-750, 2 United Nations Plaza, and incorporated in a copy of the record.

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