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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.3/59/SR.32
15 February 2005

English
Original: French

Fifty-ninth session
Official Records



Third Committee

Summary record of the 32nd meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Monday, 1 November 2004, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Kuchinsky ....................................................................... (Ukraine)
later: Ms. Astanah Banu (Vice-Chairman) .............................................. (Malaysia)



Contents

Agenda item 105: Human rights questions (continued)

(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms ( continued)

(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives ( continued)

(e) Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (continued )



The meeting was called to order at 9.40 a.m.



Agenda item 105: Human rights questions (continued ) (A/59/225, 371 and 425)


(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms (continued ) (A/59/255, 319-320, 323, 327-328, 341, 360, 366, 377, 385, 401-403, 422, 428, 432, 436 and 525)

(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives (continued ) (A/59/256, 269, 311, 316, 340, 352, 367, 370, 378, 389 and 413; A/C.3/59/3)

(e) Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ( continued) (A/59/36)


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18. Mr. McIvor (New Zealand), ...

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22. ... His delegation deplored the fact that innocent civilians were often the victims of the ongoing violence in Israel and the Occupied Territories and urged both sides to refrain from violence and to observe international human rights law and humanitarian law fully.

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30. Mr. Tierney (Australia) ...

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36. With respect to the situation in the Middle East, his Government urged Israel and the Palestinian Authority to implement the Quartet’s road map. It was in favour of the withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank proposed by the Israeli Prime Minister, provided that it was consistent with the requirements of the road map and thereby gave impetus to the peace process.

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41. Mr. Gzllal (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) ...

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43. Human rights were violated every day, within full view of the international community. That was the case with the genocide of the Palestinian people and the dozens of women and children killed each day by the Israeli army. In that regard, he deeply regretted the absence of a firm response from the international community and doubted whether the response would have been the same if Israel had not been the aggressor. ...

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57. Ms. Astanah Banu (Malaysia), Vice-Chairman, took the Chair.

58. Mr. Laurin (Canada), ...

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61. The escalation of hostilities in the Middle East was worrisome; continuing occupation, the expansion of settlements and the construction of the barrier beyond the Armistice Line were adversely affecting the humanitarian situation and prospects for peace. The Palestinian Authority must prevent attacks against Israeli civilians by dismantling terrorism capabilities and infrastructure without delay. In its efforts to ensure its security, Israel should not resort to disproportionate force and extrajudicial killings and must prevent non-combatant civilian casualties. Lastly, access by humanitarian workers, particularly in the Gaza Strip, should not be hindered.

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The meeting rose at 11.40 a.m.



This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned within one week of the date of publication to the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section, room DC2-750, 2 United Nations Plaza, and incorporated in a copy of the record.

Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.



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