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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/45/533
1 October 1990

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

Forty-fifth session
Agenda item 77




QUESTIONS RELATING TO INFORMATION

Report of the Secretary-General


I. INTRODUCTION


1. In Section II of its resolution 44/50 of 8 December 1989, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report to the Assembly at its forty-fifth session and to the Committee on Information at its twelfth session on the implementation of recommendations in the resolution.

2. The following documents, related to topics covered by the resolution, were submitted to the Committee on Information at its twelfth session, held from 5 April to 2 May 1990:

(a) Activities of the Department of Public Information (A/AC.198/1990/2);

(b) Public information activities of the United Nations against the policies of practices of apartheid (A/AC.198/1990/3);

(c) Public information activities of the United Nations pertaining to the situation in the Middle East and the question of Palestine (A/AC.198/1990/4);

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XIV.
    ACTIVITIES RELATING TO THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE
74. In recommendation 2 (g) the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to ensure that the Department of Public Information continue to cover all United Nations activities pertaining to the situation in the Middle East, and the question of Palestine in particular, and current developments therein.

75. Coverage of the question of Palestine during the past year focused increasingly on news items and information concerning the situation in the occupied territories and efforts to convene an international peace conference on the Middle East under United Nations auspices.

76. The Department continued to distribute its publications on the question of Palestine, such as a revised version of the booklet The United Nations and the Question of Palestine in Arabic, English, French, German and Spanish; the booklet For the Rights of the Palestinians: Work of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People; the booklet entitled Human Rights for the Palestinians: The Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories; and the brochure entitled The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in English, which is currently being translated into French and Spanish.

77. All aspects of the question of Palestine, including the Security Council meetings held at Geneva, Palestine refugees, Palestinian rights, the intifadah, the situation of the occupied territories, the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the meetings of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the prospects for an international peace conference on the Middle East, were covered extensively in both official and non-official languages in news, current affairs magazines and other radio programmes of the Department.

78. Among special radio programmes, the Department produced two editions on "UNCTAD Assistance to the Palestinian People" and "The Question of Palestine" in the weekly programme in Arabic, Afakon Alamiya; two editions on "Palestine: Search for a Just and Durable Solution" and "Question of Palestine: Immigration of Soviet Jews to Israel" in French; "The Contribution of International Seminars and Symposia Focus on Palestine" in Kiswahili. The Caribbean Unit produced two editions on "The Question of Palestine and the Caribbean Media", which were distributed to all countries and territories in the Caribbean region. "The Work of UNRWA" was featured in the weekly English magazine Scope. All regional seminars and symposia for non-governmental organizations on the question of Palestine sponsored by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People were covered extensively in weekly regional magazines.

79. The Department continued to organize activities to acquaint the media with the facts and developments pertaining to the question of Palestine. A team of 14 high-level journalists participated in a news mission to the Middle East organized by the Department, which provided them with an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and impressions on various aspects of the Palestine question. Between 13 and 31 May 1990, the team visited Tunis, Damascus, Amman and Cairo, and met and interviewed a large number of leaders and senior officials of Egypt, Jordan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Numerous field visits, particularly to Palestine refugee camps, were also organized. The mission received extensive media coverage in all the countries visited. Numerous articles were later published and radio and television programmes broadcast by the participants on the basis of their experience and interview conducted during the mission.


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