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Summary record of the 16th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Friday, 13 October 2006, at 3 p.m.
Chairman: Mr. Faati (Vice-Chairman) ........................................................... (Gambia)
later: Mr. Al Bayati (Chairman) ............................................................................ (Iraq)
Agenda item 63: Promotion and protection of the rights of children ( continued)
(a) Promotion and protection of the rights of children (continued)
(b) Follow-up to the outcome of the special session on children (continued)
Agenda item 63: Promotion and protection of the rights of children ( continued) (A/61/303)
(a) Promotion and protection of the rights of children (continued ) (A/61/41, Corr.1 and Add.1, 207, 275 and Corr.1, and 299)
(b) Follow-up to the outcome of the special session on children (continued ) (A/61/270)
53. Mr. Al-Sada (Yemen) said that the daily tragedies experienced by Palestinian children on account of the arbitrary practices of the Israeli army were extremely disturbing, as were the numbers of innocent children killed by the huge quantities of cluster bombs left scattered by that same army in southern Lebanon during the recent war. He called on the international community to assume its responsibilities in regard to those matters.
56. Ms. Al-Shamisi (United Arab Emirates) ...
59. The United Arab Emirates felt deep concern about the tragic humanitarian and security conditions under which children were living in the occupied Palestinian territories, where they suffered violence and destruction at the hands of the occupying Israeli Power. Thousands of children suffered death, maiming and displacement, together with the spread of poverty and dangerous diseases, in contravention of international humanitarian law and in flagrant violation of human rights. The international community should redouble its efforts to compel Israel to stop its hostile policy and respect international humanitarian law, especially the fourth Geneva Convention, in its treatment of civilians, including women and children. The international community should also provide support to the Palestinian people to help them meet their essential needs, until a just, comprehensive and lasting settlement for the Palestinian problem could be reached.
79. Ms. Halabi (Syrian Arab Republic) ...
82. A considerable number of Syrian children, however, were denied the benefit of such achievements, having lived under the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan since 1967. They suffered daily from the arbitrary practices of the occupation authorities, including, inter alia, the closure of Arabic-language educational facilities and the imposition of Israeli curricula and nationality, the aim being to obliterate the sense of national belonging among the younger generations. Thousands of families had also been forcibly removed from their homes and their possessions seized. Equally disturbing were the daily repressive practices of the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian children and the massacre of children during the Israeli raid on Lebanon. Over a million cluster bombs had been dropped on Lebanon, many of them resembling toys or sweets, thereby indicating Israel’s deliberate targeting of children, leaving many killed or disabled. The second Israeli attack on Qana in 2006 had also killed 25 children who had already been left permanently disabled from the first attack in 1997.
83. She stressed that there should be no discrimination or double standards when it came to dealing with child-related issues and to elaborating a comprehensive strategy to eliminate violence against children in the interest of future generations.
The meeting rose at 6.05 p.m.
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