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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
PROVISIONAL
E/1999/SR.45
29 July 1999

ENGLISH
Original: FRENCH

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

Substantive session of 1999

PROVISIONAL SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 45th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Thursday, 29 July 1999, at 3 p.m.

President:
Mr. WIBISONO
(Vice-President)
(Indonesia)


CONTENTS

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS (continued)
INTEGRATED AND COORDINATED IMPLEMENTATION OF AND FOLLOW-UP TO MAJOR UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCES AND SUMMITS (continued)

IMPLEMENTATION OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTIONS 50/227 and 52/12 B (continued)

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)

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION ON THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, INCLUDING JERUSALEM, AND THE ARAB POPULATION IN THE OCCUPIED SYRIAN GOLAN (continued)

ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS (continued):

(h) INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION

SOCIAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS QUESTIONS (continued):

(a) ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN

(h) HUMAN RIGHTS

COORDINATION, PROGRAMME AND OTHER QUESTIONS (continued):

(e) CALENDAR OF CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS IN THE ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND RELATED FIELDS


The meeting was called to order at 5 p.m.

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ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION ON
THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, INCLUDING JERUSALEM, AND THE ARAB POPULATION
IN THE OCCUPIED SYRIAN GOLAN (continued)

The PRESIDENT invited the Council to take action on draft resolution E/1999/L.32 entitled “Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan”. He announced that Comoros, Cuba, Djibouti and Pakistan had joined the sponsors of the draft resolution.

Mr. BENTURA (Observer for Israel) said that rights over natural resources and other issues mentioned in draft resolution E/1999/L.32 were covered extensively in the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement, signed on 28 September 1995. The new Government of Israel was determined to reach a final peace settlement with the Palestinians, leading towards a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. The draft resolution in question aimed to predetermine the outcome of issues to be directly negotiated between the parties themselves. It was politically-motivated, discriminatory towards Israel and superfluous, and any delegation supporting peace should vote against it.

Mr. RAMLAWI (Observer for Palestine) said that the problems mentioned in draft resolution E/1999/L.32 represented the living situation of the Palestinian people today. New settlements continued to be built, despite warnings by the Palestinian Authority that they were not only a violation of international law but an obstacle to peace. The remarks of the observer for Israel were for the time being mere intentions. He therefore invited the members of the Council to adopt draft resolution E/1999/L.32.

At the request of the delegation of the United States of America, a vote was taken by roll-call on draft resolution E/1999/L.32.

Gambia, having been drawn by lot by the President, was called upon to vote first.

In favour: Algeria, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, France, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Venezuela and Viet Nam.

Against: United States of America.

Abstaining: El Salvador, Honduras and Zambia.

Draft resolution E/1999/L.32 was adopted by 44 votes to 1, with 3 abstentions.

Mrs. KING (United States of America) said it was regrettable that the Council had found nothing more to contribute to the prospects for peace than rhetoric which was entirely out of step with rapidly emerging developments in the region. Besides being misguided, draft resolution E/1999/L.32 was discriminatory towards one of the parties. Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), as well as the principle of land for peace, remained the sole basis for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the region.

Mr. DEMBRI (Algeria), speaking on behalf of the sponsors of the draft resolution, thanked all the delegations which had voted for a text which was in the interest of peace between two great peoples, namely the Israelis and the Palestinians. The time had come to give a mistreated people the chance to build a house of peace for all. The resolution was a promising sign of the future for everyone, including the international community, which endeavoured constantly to achieve collective security.

Mr. SCHALIN (Observer for Finland), speaking on behalf of the European Union, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Poland, welcomed the intention of the new Government of Israel to implement existing agreements and relaunch the peace process in the Middle East. He hoped the positive developments in the situation would lead to concrete improvements in economic and social conditions in the occupied territories, in which case the need for a resolution such as the one just adopted might be revisited.

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SOCIAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS QUESTIONS (continued):

(a) ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN (continued) (E/1999/L.41)

Mr. AL-BALUSHI (Oman) said that if his delegation had been present during the vote on draft resolution II, entitled “Palestinian women”, contained in the report of the Commission on the Status of Women (E/1999/27), it would have voted in favour.

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The meeting rose at 6.05 p.m.

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