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October 1992


Volume XV, Bulletin No. 10

Contents

Page
I.
    ACTION TAKEN BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE OF THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
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II.
    CONCLUSIONS OF REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE ISRAELI PRACTICES AFFECTING THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE AND OTHER ARABS OF THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES
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III.
    INVITATION EXTENDED TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO ATTEND, AS PARTICIPANT, WORKING GROUPS ON MIDDLE EAST REGIONAL ISSUES
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IV.
    UNRWA COMMISSIONER-GENERAL REPORTS TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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V.
    FIFTH EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF FOREIGN MINISTERS, HELD AT ISTANBUL ON 17 AND 18 JUNE 1992, ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON THE CAUSE OF PALESTINE
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VI.
    INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER FOR EUROPEAN JOURNALISTS ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE HELD AT LISBON ON 16AND 17 SEPTEMBER 1992
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VII.
    NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION
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I. ACTION TAKEN BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE
OF THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF THE
PALESTINIAN PEOPLE


On 9 October 1992, in a letter addressed to the Secretary— General (A/47/522-S/24648), the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People stated the following:


II. CONCLUSIONS OF REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO
INVESTIGATE ISRAELI PRACTICES AFFECTING THE HUMAN
RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE AND OTHER ARABS
OF THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES

The Special Committee issued its twenty-fourth report to the Secretary—General for submission to the General assembly at its forty—seventh session (A/47/509).

The report includes the following conclusions:


III. INVITATION EXTENDED TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO ATTEND,
AS PARTICIPANT, WORKING GROUPS ON MIDDLE EAST
REGIONAL ISSUES

On 23 October 1992, the following statement was issued by the spokesman for the Secretary-General, Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali:

IV. UNRWA COMMISSIONER-GENERAL REPORTS TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The annual report of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA (covering the period 1 July 1991-30 June 1992) contains the following information of particular interest with regard to the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (see A/47/13, paras. 1 to 14 and 22 to 23):


V. FIFTH EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF
FOREIGN MINISTERS, HELD AT ISTANBUL ON 17 AND 18 JUNE 1992,
ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON THE CAUSE OF PALESTINE

“2/5-Ex. The cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif and the Arab-Israeli conflict

“The Fifth Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, hold at Istanbul, Republic of Turkey, on 16 and 17 Dhul Hijjah, A.H. 1412 (17 and 18 June 1992),

Having considered with satisfaction the report of the Secretary-General on the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and the Arab-Israeli conflict in document No. EOICFM/5-92/D.2,

Proceeding from the principles and objectives of the Charter of the Organization of the Islamic Conference,

Pursuant to the resolutions of Islamic Summit and Foreign Ministers Conferences on the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and the Arab-Israeli conflict,

““Considering that Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian and Arab territories, its annexation of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and the Syrian Golan, its denial of the inalienable national and political rights of the Palestinian people, constitute a flagrant violation of international legality, the principles of international law, and the United Nations Charter and relevant United Nations resolutions,

Recalling the resolutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council on the situation in the occupied Palestinian and other Arab territories, including Al-Quds Al-Sharif,

Proceeding from the United Nations resolutions and particularly Security Council resolution 681 (1990) which confirms the applicability of all provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, concluded on 12 August 1949, to the Palestinian people in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, including Al-Quds Al-Sharif,

Expressing deep concern over the dangerous situation in the Palestinian territories which results from continued Israeli occupation; arbitrary practices and repressive measures as well as from Israel’s continued confiscation of land and properties, establishment of colonialist settlements; escalation of the policy of deportation of Palestinians, destruction of houses, uprooting of trees, imposition of collective punishment on local populations, blockade of Palestinian cities, villages and camps, and desecration of Islamic and Christian Holy Shrines,

Expressing deep concern over the ongoing transfer of Jews to the occupied territories and their settlement there, and over Israel’s continuing establishment and expansion of colonialist settlements in the occupied Palestinian and other Arab territories,

Also expressing deep concern at the continued Israeli acts of aggression on southern Lebanon and affirming that Israeli expansionist policies, practices and designs are not only aimed at the Arab front-line States but also at destabilizing the Islamic countries, which constitutes a threat to international peace and security,

Following with great interest the ongoing peaceful efforts aimed at achieving a just and comprehensive solution of the Palestine question and the Arab-Israeli conflict, based on Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), the formula of land for peace and the legitimate and inalienable national and political rights of the Palestinian people,

Stressing the importance of the role of the United Nations in the efforts made to reach a just and comprehensive political settlement of the Palestine question and the Arab-Israeli conflict,

“1. Recalls all the resolutions of Islamic Conferences relating to the cause of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict; expresses its pride in the blessed intifadah of the Palestinian people, and calls upon all member States to continue to enhance their solidarity with, and support of, the just and legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people for putting an end to Israeli occupation and attaining all their objectives of freedom and independence;

“2. Reaffirms that the cause of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict are an indivisible whole in terms of treatment and settlement; that the solution cannot be fragmented or made to favour only some parties to the conflict or cover some causes of the conflict, to the exclusion of others; and that peace cannot prevail in the region if it does not involve all parties concerned including the Palestinian party whose cause is the prime cause of all Muslims and the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict;

“3. Reaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle waged by the Palestinian people under the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization, their sole legitimate representative, to recover their land and exercise their inalienable national rights, including their rights of return, and their right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent Palestinian State, on their national soil, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital;

“4. Affirms that just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East region can only be established through Israel’s total and unconditional withdrawal from all the Palestinian and Arab territories occupied since 1967;

“5. Expresses its support for the effort which led to the convening of the Peace Conference on the Middle East in Madrid, aimed at finding a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian question and the Arab-Israeli conflict; deplores Israel’s failure to respond to the Palestinian peace initiative which was announced by the Palestine National Council at its nineteenth session and which represented the genuine Palestinian and Arab desire to bring about a just and comprehensive peace; calls upon the co-sponsors of the Conference to exert their efforts so as to save the ongoing negotiations from failure as a result of Israel’s intransigence, for such a failure would adversely affect international peace and security; and considers that the success of these negotiations hinges on the fulfilment of the following principles and elements:

“6. Draws the attention of international public opinion and the Security Council to the danger in Israel’s conduct as if it was exempted from abiding by the international law and from adherence to the criteria of international legality and calls upon the international community to force Israel to put an end to its violations; to respect the principles of international legality and to implement the resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council without any delay;

“7. Strongly condemns repressive Israeli practices and measures against the Palestinian population; condemns the blockade imposed by Israeli occupation authorities on the Gaza Strip and other Palestinian cities; and appeals to all States to respond to the request of the United Nations Secretary-General to work for the implementation of Security Council resolution 681 (1990) calling for a meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 so as to take the necessary measures to provide international protection for the Palestinian people in the occupied territories;

“8. Strongly condemns the Israeli expansionist settlement policy and considers all settlements established or to be established by Israel in Al-Quds Al-Sharif, in the other occupied Palestinian territories, and in the Syrian Golan illegal by the standards of international legality. It appeals to all States to refrain from taking any measures aimed at facilitating settlement operations in the occupied territories;

“9. Calls on all States to refrain from dealing with Israeli occupation authorities in a way that may be construed by them as a tacit recognition of the de facto situation imposed by Israel when it declared Al-Quds its capital. It recalls in this respect Security Council resolutions 465 (1980), 476 (1980) and 478 (1980) annulling Israeli measures pertaining to Al-Quds Al-Sharif. It affirms that all legislative, administrative and settlement measures aimed at changing the legal status of the Holy City are null and void, have no legal implications whatsoever, and are contrary to the international conventions, charters and norms;

“10. Strongly condemns the policy of immigration and settlement of Jews in the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories, including Al-Quds Al-Sharif and the Syrian Golan, since 1967;

“11. Strongly condemns the continued Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon, Israel’s continued aggressions and its repressive military action against the Lebanese population and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. It requests the United Nations Security Council to put an immediate end to these aggressions and demands immediate, total and unconditional Israeli withdrawal from the Lebanese territory; it reaffirms its commitment to the independence, sovereignty and integrity of Lebanon within its internationally recognized borders. It also stresses the need for implementing Security Council resolutions on Lebanon, especially resolution 425 (1978). It expresses its appreciation of the accomplishments of the Supreme Tripartite Arab Committee and calls on the international community to contribute to the International Fund for the Reconstruction of Lebanon;

“12. Strongly condemns Israel for its policy of non-compliance with Security Council resolution 497 (1981); for imposing its jurisdiction, laws and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan; for pursuing policies and practices of annexation, of establishing settlements, confiscating land, diverting water resources and imposing Israeli nationality on Syrian citizens; and considers all these measures as null and void, and a violation of the norms and principles of international law relating to occupation and war, especially the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949;

“13. Requests the Secretary-General to take the necessary measures to continue and strengthen contacts and coordination between the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the League of Arab States, the Organization of African Unity, the non-aligned movement, and the United Nations and the specialized agencies, on the cause of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict;

“14. Calls on the international community to put pressure on Israel to implement the relevant resolutions of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which call for placing all nuclear installations under the IAEA system of safeguards and to respond to current efforts and initiatives aimed at creating a nuclear-weapon and mass-destruction weapon-free zone in the Middle East region. It calls upon member States to continue their cooperation within the framework of the United Nations, IAEA and related international forums with the aim of ensuring Israel’s compliance with international resolutions, subjection of all its nuclear facilities to international inspection and presentation of a full report on its stockpile of nuclear materials to the Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency;

“15. Pays tribute to the continued efforts of the Al-Quds Committee under the chairmanship of His Majesty King Hassan II, Sovereign of the Kingdom of Morocco, and reaffirms all the recommendations made at the fourteenth session of the Committee;

“16. Calls upon member States to honour their commitment to cover the approved budgets of all Al-Quds funds and its waqf set at one hundred million dollars each, and also calls on member States to pay their contributions and to continue the campaign for the collection of donations at both popular and official levels in favour of Al-Quds funds and its waqf;

“17. Expresses its appreciation to the States of the European Community, China, Japan, the Vatican, the United Nations, the non-aligned movement, the Organization of African Unity, the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, and all the peoples and peace-loving forces for their support of the Palestinian cause in the international forums and their assistance to the struggle of the Palestinian people and their blessed intifadah;

“18. Requests the Secretary-General to follow up the implementation of this resolution and to submit a report thereon to the next Summit Conference.” (see A/47/592—S/24718)


VI. INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER FOR EUROPEAN JOURNALISTS
ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE HELD AT LISBON
ON 16 AND 17 SEPTEMBER 1992

The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal and the Lisbon newspaper Püblico, sponsored an International Encounter for European Journalists on the Question of Palestine at Lisbon, Portugal, on 16 and 17 September 1992. The Encounter was moderated by the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna, Giorgio Giacomelli, and coordinated by Mustapha Tlili, Chief of the Anti-Apartheid, Decolonization ad Palestine Programmes Section of DPI. It was opened by Duarte Ivo Cruz, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Portugal.

The Encounter was part of DPI’S special information programme on the question of Palestine, mandated by General Assembly resolution 46/74 C of 11 December 1991.

The Lisbon meeting was designed to build on the success of a similar United Nations-sponsored Encounter convened in Helsinki in June 1991. United Nations publication, Prospects for Peace in the Middle East: An Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue (Sales No. E.92.I.25) provides an account of the proceedings. The objective at Lisbon was to review progress achieved in the current peace process, launched on 30 October 1991 at Madrid, discuss various scenarios for peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and focus on Europe’s contribution to such an outcome.

Panellists

There were nine panellists: Jainil Hilal, Director of the Information Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Member of the Palestine National Council (PNC); Hisham Mustapha, Department of Arab and International Affairs of the PLO and Member of the PNC; Ziad Abu Zayyad, Adviser to the Palestinian Negotiating Team; Avraham Burg, Member of the Knesset, Israel; Naomi Chazan, Member of the Knesset, Israel; Walid Al-Sa’adi, Personal Representative of H.R.H. Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan; Hans Stercken, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Bundestag, Germany; Francisco Henriques da Silva, Director for Middle East and Maghreb Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Portugal; and William B. Quandt, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

Media

The Encounter brought together a total of 52 media participants, including columnists, senior editors and editorial writers representing the following news organizations:

Der Standard, ORF (Austria), De Standaard, IPS (Belgium); Politiken, Weekendavisen (Denmark); Helsingin Sanomat, Hufvudstadsbladet (Finland); Agence France Presse (AFP), Le Figaro, Le Monde, Le Nouvel Observateur (France); Deutschlandfunk, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Vereiite Nationen (Germany); Kathimerini , MEGA Channel TV (Greece); Osservatore Romano (Holy See); The Irish Times (Ireland); Davar, Hadashot, Maariv, Jerusalem Post , Yediot Aharanot (Israel); Famiglia Cristiana, Il Giornale, La Stampa (Italy); Al Fajr, Al Quds, Al-Sha’ab, An-Nahar, Arab Media Centre (AMC), Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre (JMCC) (Jerusalem); Luxemburger Wort (Luxembourg); ANP (Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau), De Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad (the Netherlands ); Aftenposten (Norway); CMR, Diario de Noticias, Jornal de Noticias, O Jornal, Público, TSF (Portugal); El Mundo (Spain); Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden); La Liberté, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland); The European, Financial Times , The Guardian, and The Independent
(United Kingdom).


VII. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS:
ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION

During the course of October, the following information was received by the Division for Palestinian Rights:

1. ICCP Newsletter No. 45, special issue on the Ninth United Nations International NGO Meeting on the Question of Palestine. Available from: the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine, 150 route de Ferney, Case postale 2100, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland.

2. Arab/American Issues, monthly publication of the Arab/American Institute. Available from: 918 16th Street NW, Suite 601, Washington, D.C., 20006, United States of America.

3. Peace Conference Information Project, publication issued as a service by the International Coordinating Committee on Palestine and the North American Coordinating Committee for NGOs on Palestine (NACC). Available from: ICCP, P.O. Box 2100, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland.

4. Une Terre Deux Peuples, publication of the Association pour l’union entre les peuples juif et palestinien. Available from: Case postale 43, 1247 Anières, Geneva, Switzerland.

5. Gulf Newsletter, publication of the Gulf Information Project, established by the British Refugee Council and supported by British NGOs. Available from: Ms. Sarah Brown, 3 Bondway, London SW8 ISJ, United Kingdom.

6. Middle East International, bi-weekly publication, available from: P.O. Box 53365, Temple Heights Station, Washington, D.C., 20009, United States of America.

7. SAMID, publication of Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners. Available from: P.O. Box 19543, Jerusalem.

8. Another Viewpoint, commentary available from: AVP, 604 Barbera Place, Davis, California 95616, United States of America.

9. The Other Front, weekly bulletin on developments in Israeli society, available from: The Alternative Information Centre, P.O Box 24278., Jerusalem.


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