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Agenda item 8 ( continued)
Organization of work, adoption of the agenda and allocation of items
The President ( spoke in French ): I should like to inform members that the item entitled “The situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan” becomes item 163 on the agenda of the current session.
In paragraph 5 of the same document, the General Committee recommends to the General Assembly that agenda item 36, “The situation in the Middle East”, and agenda item 37, “Question of Palestine”, be considered separately.
May I take it that the General Assembly decides to consider agenda item 36, “The situation in the Middle East”, and agenda item 37, “Question of Palestine”, separately?
It was so decided.
The President ( spoke in French): I call on the representative of Israel.
Mr. Cohen (Israel): Allow me to express my disappointment over the decision of the General Committee to recommend that the Assembly split its consideration of agenda item 36, on the situation in the Middle East, and item 37 on the question of Palestine, which had been scheduled, according to a previous decision, to be considered jointly. Progress demands efficiency and this is simply not a decision built on efficiency.
Just a few weeks ago, this Assembly held a joint debate on agenda item 52, “Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly”, and agenda item 54, “Strengthening of the United Nations system”. Those initiatives, as well as others, such as those set out in the Millennium Declaration, call for a more efficient approach to our work whereby redundancies and duplicate processes are eliminated. As the Secretary-General wrote in “Strengthening of the United Nations: an agenda for further change”, the General Assembly