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        General Assembly
11 November 1998

Original: English

General Assembly
Fifty-third session
Official Records

Third Committee
Summary record of the 25th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Tuesday, 27 October 1998, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Ball (Vice-Chairman) ................................................................. (New Zealand)


Agenda item 108: Elimination of racism and racial discrimination (continued)*

Agenda item 109: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued)*

* Items which the Committee has decided to consider together.

In the absence of Mr. Hachani (Tunisia), Mr. Ball (New Zealand), Vice-Chairman, took the Chair.

The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.

Agenda item 108: Elimination of racism and racial discrimination (continued) (A/53/18, 255, 256, 269, 305 and 489)

Agenda item 109: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued) (A/53/131-S/1998/435, A/53/205-S/1998/711, A/53/280 and 338)


8. Ms. El Kabbaj (Morocco) ...


16. Turning to item 109, she noted that, despite the norms of international law, the principles enshrined in the Charter and numerous United Nations resolutions, many peoples continued to be denied the right to self-determination, because they lived under foreign occupation or were refugees. Such was the case of the Palestinian people, who had been unable to exercise their right to self-determination, to return to their country and to establish an independent State in Palestine, in accordance with United Nations resolutions.


18. Mr. Naber (Jordan) ...


21. Despite the sacrifices and progress made by the peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America in asserting their right to self-determination, there was some way to go before that right had been implemented universally. For example, the Palestinian people were still unable to express their right to self-determination on their national soil. Jordan welcomed recent developments in the Middle East peace process and hoped that the agreements would be implemented effectively, securing a just resolution of the Palestinian problem that would guarantee the Palestinian people the right to self-determination, including the creation of their own independent State.


22. Ms. Cornette (Guyana), speaking on behalf of the 14 States members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), ...


28. The international community should guarantee that peoples currently living under colonial rule or foreign occupation were afforded the right to self-determination. The CARICOM member States supported the struggle of the Palestinian people in that regard and called for an early settlement of the Palestinian question through practical and peaceful means, as a necessary condition for lasting peace and stability in the Middle East.


The meeting rose at 11.15 a.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.

Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.

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