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UNITED NATIONS
Department of Public Information · News Coverage Service · New York


Fifty-ninth General Assembly
Fourth Committee
13th Meeting (PM)
GA/SPD/295
20 October 2004

FOURTH COMMITTEE SPEAKERS COMMEND REFORMS IN UN PUBLIC INFORMATION DEPARTMENT,
UNDERLINE IMPORTANCE OF INFORMATION CENTRES


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Background

The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) this afternoon continued its consideration of questions relating to information.  (For more background information, see Press Release GA/SPD/294 of 19 October.

Statements

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HAYDAR ALI AHMAD (Syria), ...

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...  Among other areas, he urged DPI to continue to implement information programmes on Palestine and to devote the necessary resources towards them.  In addition, he hoped that the new structure of the Department would include efforts to bridge the information gap, and that all restructuring would be done in a transparent manner.

HASSAN BOUKILI (Morocco), ...

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... He also welcomed the series of seminars on the Middle East, where the question of Palestine was addressed.  The tragic situation in the Middle East underlined the necessity for a stronger strategy to get the peace process back on track.  In that regard, it was important to strengthen the information programme on the question of Palestine.  One of the DPI’s success stories was the publication of press releases, which had enjoyed growing popularity and influenced public opinion.  The Department had, therefore, a duty to draft the press releases in a restrained and neutral way.  There should also be a concordance between the official languages.

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Ms. AL-AKHZAMI (Oman), ...

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Noting the loss of trust of people of the Middle East in the Organization, she said that impartial information on the application of international law was important, as were the Departments efforts related to Palestinian issues.  She also encouraged the development of the web site in all official languages, especially the Arabic web site.  Finally, she agreed that the Department should take advantage of the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations as an opportunity to stress its founding principles.

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ANAS ELTAYEB ELGAILANI MUSTAFA (Sudan), ...  New communication strategies also needed to be developed to raise awareness of the Palestinian cause, as well as that of other Non-Self-Governing Territories, in the interest of eliminating colonies.

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