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        General Assembly
6 November 2000

Original: French

Third Committee

Summary record of the 47th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Monday, 6 November 2000, at 10 a.m.

Chairperson: Ms. Gittens-Joseph .....................................................(Trinidad and Tobago)


Agenda item 109: Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons and humanitarian questions

Agenda item 107: Advancement of women (continued)

Agenda item 113: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued)

Agenda item 114 (a): Human rights questions: implementation of human rights instruments (continued)

The meeting was called to order at 10.20 a.m.


Agenda item 113: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued) (A/C.3/55/L.32)

Draft resolution A/C.3/55/L.32: The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination

64. The Chairperson said that draft resolution A/C.3/55/L.32 had no programme budget implications. She recalled that Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Japan, Liechtenstein and Norway had been announced as sponsors when the draft resolution had been introduced, and that Saint Lucia had been included in the original list of sponsors in error.

65. Mr. Bebars (Egypt) said that Angola, Argentina, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iceland, India, Saint Lucia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey had become sponsors since the draft resolution had been introduced. He expressed the hope that the draft resolution would be adopted by consensus.

66. Ms. Elliott (Guyana) and Mr. Manyokole (Lesotho) announced that their delegations also wished to sponsor the draft resolution.

67. The Chairperson announced that a recorded vote had been requested on the draft resolution and recalled that, in accordance with rule 128 of the rules of procedure, the proposer of a proposal or of an amendment was not permitted to explain his or her vote on his or her own proposal or amendment.

68. Mr. Sultan (Israel), speaking in explanation of vote before the voting, said that his country supported the right of all peoples to self-determination, including in the Middle East, as had been demonstrated by the Camp David Agreement, more than 20 years earlier, and the Oslo process, by which Israel had recognized the legitimate rights and just demands of the Palestinian people, but the draft resolution prejudged the outcome of the permanent-status negotiations. Israel hoped, however, that the violence would quickly be brought to an end and that the peace process would resume very shortly.

69. A recorded vote was taken on the draft resolution.

In favour:
Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, the former Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Israel, United States of America.

Canada, Marshall Islands, Tonga.

70. Draft resolution A/C.3/55/L.32 was adopted by 147 votes to 2, with 3 abstentions.

71. Ms. Wensley (Australia) said that, while her delegation had voted for the draft resolution as a whole, which appeared to be a clear reaffirmation of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, had the Committee voted paragraph by paragraph, her delegation would have abstained in the voting on paragraph 1, because it considered that the right of the Palestinian people to a State should be the subject of an agreed solution between the parties on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), the Oslo Agreements and the “land for peace” principle.

72. Mr. Hynes (Canada) said that his delegation had abstained in the voting because it considered that the establishment of a Palestinian State must be the outcome of negotiations between the parties concerned.

73. Mr. Rogov (Russian Federation) said that his country would spare no effort to bring the parties to a compromise and to put an end to the violence. It was vital that the negotiations between the two parties should resume and that both sides should demonstrate restraint and cease all provocation.

74. Ms. Contamin (France), speaking on behalf of the European Union, the associated countries Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, and, in addition, Iceland and Liechtenstein, said that the European Union wished to affirm, as it had at the European Council meeting held in Berlin on 25 March 1999 and in its statement issued in New York on 12 September 2000, the unconditional right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and its right to build a sovereign State. The establishment of a sovereign, democratic and viable State, on the basis of the existing agreements and the negotiations, would be the best guarantee of security for Israel. The European Union called on Israel and the Palestinians to find an agreed solution to the conflict, without prejudice to the right to self-determination, which could not be the subject of a veto.

75. Ms. Barghouti (Observer for Palestine) thanked the representative of Egypt for introducing the draft resolution, which was of critical importance, since it was sponsored by 91 States and provided strong support for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to the creation of their own State. She regretted that the United States had voted against the draft resolution and criticized the attitude of Israel, which could not both recognize as legitimate the demands of the Palestinian people and at the same time deny them the right to self-determination, an inalienable right that transcended any agreement.

76. The Chairman said that the Committee had thus concluded its consideration of agenda item 113.


The meeting rose at 12.45 p.m.

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