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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.4/53/SR.6
30 November 1998

English
Original: French

General Assembly
Fifty-third session
Official Records

Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee)

Summary record of the 6th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Monday, 12 October 1998, at 3 p.m.

Chairman: Mr. Macedo ......................................................................(Mexico)


Contents


Agenda item 18: Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples* (continued)

Agenda item 87: Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations* (continued)

Agenda item 88: Economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories* (continued)

Agenda item 89: 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)

Agenda item 12: Report of the Economic and Social Council* (continued)

Agenda item 90: Offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories* (continued)


* Items which the Committee has decided to consider together.



The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.m.



Agenda item 18: Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (continued) (A/53/23 (Parts II, V–VIII), A/AC.109/2102–2104; 2106–2110; 2112–2118)

Agenda item 87: Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations (continued) (A/53/23 (Part IV), chap. VIII, A/53/263)

Agenda item 88: Economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories (continued) (A/53/23 (Part III))

Agenda item 89: 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/53/3 (chap. VIII, sect. D), A/53/23 (Part IV), chap. VII, A/53/130 and Corr.1, A/AC.109/L.1880, S/1998/76)

Agenda item 12: Report of the Economic and Social Council (continued)

Agenda item 90: Offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories (continued) (A/53/262 and Add.1)

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40. Mr. Zohar (Israel), speaking in exercise of the right of reply, said he regretted that the Papua New Guinea delegation had included Palestine among the territories currently being examined by the Committee. The question of Palestine was not a colonial question. It concerned a territorial dispute between two neighbouring countries which had been the subject of detailed studies carried out as part of the Madrid conference and Oslo Accords in order to enable the parties to reach a peaceful solution that would take into account all aspects of the problem. In the course of the current week, Israeli and Palestinian delegations would meet near Washington under the aegis of the United States with a view to strengthening relations between the two countries as part of the peace process, and his delegation hoped that the meeting would bear fruit. The Palestinian population of the whole of the Gaza Strip and of 98 per cent of the West Bank was governed by the Palestinian Authority and its democratically elected president, Mr. Yasser Arafat. Palestinians had their own flag, their own executive power, separate judicial and legislative bodies and a separate armed police force. Israel could not be held responsible for their future, since they were neither its subjects, nor its enemies, but simply its neighbours. His delegation therefore considered that the question of Palestine, already considered by other United Nations bodies, should not be raised in the Committee. It urged all delegations to support the current peace process.


The meeting rose at 4 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.

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



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