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ECOSOC/5791
27 July 1998


SPEAKERS INFORM COUNCIL PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR
IMPLEMENTING PROGRAMMES OF ACTION OF
UN CONFERENCES RESTS ON GOVERNMENTS

Four Draft Resolutions Introduced

The primary responsibility for implementing the programmes of action of major United Nations conferences rested on national governments, several speakers emphasized this morning as the Economic and Social Council began considering integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to those conferences and summits.

Also this morning, four draft resolutions were introduced in the Council. By a draft resolution on economic and social repercussions of Israeli occupation introduced by the representative of Jordan, the Council would call upon Israel, the occupying Power, to cease its measures against the Palestinian people, particularly the closure of the occupied Palestinian territory, the enforced isolation of Palestinian towns, the destruction of homes and the isolation of Jerusalem.

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Introduction of Draft Texts

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FARIS A. AMMARIN (Jordan) introduced the draft resolution on 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 (document E/1998/L.26).

By the draft, the Council would stress the need to preserve the territorial integrity of all of the occupied Palestinian territory and to guarantee the freedom of movement of persons and goods in the territory, including the removal of restrictions on movement into and from East Jerusalem, and the freedom of movement to and from the outside world. It would also stress the vital importance of the operation and construction of the Gaza airport, the seaport in Gaza and safe passage to the economic and social development of the Palestinian people.

The Council would call upon Israel, the occupying Power, to cease its measures against the Palestinian people, in particular the closure of the occupied Palestinian territory, the enforced isolation of Palestinian towns, the destruction of homes and the isolation of Jerusalem.

It would reaffirm the inalienable right of the Palestinian people and the Arab population of the occupied Syrian Golan to all their natural and economic resources, and would call upon Israel not to exploit, endanger or cause loss or depletion of those resources. It would also reaffirm that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, are illegal and an obstacle to economic and social development.

By other terms of the draft, the Council would stress the importance of the work of United Nations organizations and agencies, and of the United Nations Special Coordinator in the occupied Territories under the auspices of the Secretary-General. Member States would be urged by the Council to encourage private foreign investment in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, in infrastructure, job-creation projects and social development, in order to alleviate the hardship of the Palestinian people and improve their living conditions.

The Secretary-General would be asked to submit to the General Assembly at its fifty-fourth session, through the Economic and Social Council, a report on the implementation of the present resolution and to continue to include, in the report of the United Nations Special Coordinator, an update on the living conditions of the Palestinian people, in collaboration with relevant United Nations agencies.

The draft was co-sponsored by Algeria, Bangladesh, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.


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