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        General Assembly
31 October 2001

General Assembly
Fifty-sixth session
Official Records
Third Committee
Summary record of the 15th meeting

Held at Headquarters, New York, on Thursday, 18 October 2001, at 3 p.m.

Chairman: Mr. Al-Haini ....................................................... (Oman)



*Items which the Committee has decided to consider together.

The meeting was called to order at 3.10 p.m.


Agenda item 112: Advancement of women (continued) (A/56/3, A/56/38/Rev.1, A/565/174, A/56/222-S/2001/736, A/56/268, 279, 306, 316, 328, 329 and 472)


28. Mr. Al-Ketbi (United Arab Emirates), ...


32. In conclusion, he expressed concern at the sufferings of millions of women and children in many regions of conflict, in particular those in the Palestinian and Arab territories occupied by Israel who were facing assassination, violence, brutality, arrests, starvation, the destruction of their houses, the confiscation of their land, and expulsion by the occupying forces. Such actions were a flagrant violation of United Nations resolutions, the rules of international humanitarian law and of human-rights instruments, foremost among which was the fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 1949.

33. His delegation appealed to the international community to face up to its responsibilities with respect to the situation of Palestinian women, in particular by exerting greater pressure on the Israeli Government to end its occupation of Palestinian and Arab territories, including Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan, and to seek a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region in order to ensure security, peace and stability for all peoples in the region.


The meeting rose at 5.20 p.m.

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