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President: Mr. Mbayu (Vice-President) ........................................................... (Cameroon)
later: Mr. Wibisono.............................................................................. (Indonesia)
Social and human rights questions (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)
In the absence of Mr. Wibisono (Indonesia), Mr. Mbayu (Cameroon), Vice-President, took the Chair.
The meeting was called to order at 3.25 p.m.
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) (E/2000/L.16)
Draft resolution E/2000/L.16
103. The President announced that Indonesia, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and Qatar had become sponsors of the draft resolution.
104. A recorded vote was taken on draft resolution E/2000/L.16.
Algeria, Angola, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Venezuela, Viet Nam.
United States of America.
105. Draft resolution E/2000/L.16 was adopted by 41 votes to 1, with 1 abstention.
106. Mr. Le Bret (France) said that his delegation had voted in favour of the draft resolution as it had done the previous year. Speaking on behalf of the European Union, he welcomed the historic Camp David efforts to ensure implementation of the existing agreement and considered that there was a real possibility of a permanent solution leading to peace in the region. The Union hoped that there would be genuine improvement in the economic and social conditions described and that the situation would improve to such an extent that in the future, the Council would be able to consider whether such a resolution was still necessary.
107. Mr. Aardal (Norway) said that an improvement in the living conditions of the people in the occupied Palestinian territory was a necessary prerequisite for a lasting peace and that his Government would continue to play a vital role in promoting peace and removing impediments to development. He commended the recent Camp David negotiations and hoped that they would lead to the achievement of those goals.
108. Mr. Maruyama (Japan) said that his delegation had voted in favour of the draft resolution and that his Government would continue to provide active political and economic support for the Middle East peace process. However, the issue of the occupied territories was already under consideration in other United Nations forums, including the General Assembly and the Security Council. He therefore reiterated that in order to avoid duplication and improve efficiency, the Council should avoid engaging in repeated discussion of political issues.
109. Mr. Tchoulkov (Russian Federation) said that in voting for the draft resolution his delegation’s primary concern had been the need for a healthier economic and social situation in the West Bank and Gaza region as a sound platform for political progress. He welcomed the efforts of the United Nations system in that regard and hoped that the Council would have an important voice in mobilizing international investment in the region and that the donor conference on southern Lebanon, soon to be held in Beirut, would set an example for the United Nations system’s contribution to the Middle East peace process.
The meeting rose at 8.40 p.m.
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