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20 December 1994
SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 35th MEETING
Chairman: Mr. TEIRLINCK (Belgium)
Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
: Mr. MSELLE
AGENDA ITEM 107: PROGRAMME BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM 1994-1995 (continued) (A/49/7/Add.4-8, A/49/310, A/49/796; A/C.5/48/74 and Add.1, A/C.5/49/44, A/C.5/49/51 and Corr.1, A/C.5/49/53, and A/C.5/49/54)
Revised estimates under section 4, Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories
The meeting was called to order at 3.30 p.m.
Revised estimates under section 4, Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories (A/49/7/Add.5; A/C.5/49/51)
51. The CHAIRMAN suggested that, on the basis of the Advisory Committee’s recommendation, the Fifth Committee should adopt the following draft decision:
"The General Assembly
(a) Approves an appropriation of $2,242,100 under section 4 of the programme budget for the biennium 1994-1995 subject to the procedures for the use and operation of the contingency fund."
52. The draft decision was adopted.
53. Mr. AL-KIDWA (Observer for Palestine) stressed the importance of establishing a coordinating mechanism for United Nations activities in the occupied Palestinian territories. He was appreciative of the fact that the Secretary-General had established the Office of the Special Coordinator and had appointed Mr. Terje Roed Larsen to that post. He hoped that the appointment would prove of great benefit to the Palestinian people in the difficult period ahead.
54. In adopting the revised estimates under section 4 of the programme budget for 1994-1995, the Committee had performed an important task. He regretted, however, that document A/C.5/49/51 had appeared as late as 12 December 1994 and that it devoted an excessive amount of space to political considerations, which was inappropriate in a technical report. The substantive issues need not be discussed, however, pending the Secretary-General’s report on United Nations activities in the occupied territories, including those of the Special Coordinator in response to General Assembly resolution 48/213 and the resolution adopted that day on assistance to the Palestinian people. He stressed that the Special Coordinator’s mandate was contained in those resolutions and nowhere else.