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Draft report of the Commission
Rapporteur: Mr. Branko SOCANAC
*Documents E/CN.4/2003/L.10 and addenda will contain the chapters of the report relating to the organization of the session and the various items on the agenda. Resolutions and decisions adopted by the Commission, as well as draft resolutions and decisions for action by, and other matters of concern to, the Economic and Social Council, will be contained in documents E/CN.4/2003/L.11 and addenda.
1. The Commission considered agenda item 5 at its 11th meeting, on 21 March, at its 12th and 13th meetings, on 24 March, and at its 47th meeting, on 14 April 2003.
2. For the documents issued under agenda item 5, see annex VI to the present report. For a list of all resolutions and decisions adopted by the Commission and Chairperson’s statements, by agenda item, see annex V to the present report.
3. At the 11th meeting, on 21 March 2003, Mr. Enrique Bernales Ballesteros, Special Rapporteur on the question of the use of mercenaries as a means of impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination, introduced his report (E/CN.4/2003/16).
4. During the interactive dialogue the representatives of Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as the observer for Palestine, addressed questions to the Special Rapporteur to which the Special Rapporteur responded.
5. In the general debate on agenda item 5, statements were made by members of the Commission, observers and representatives of non-governmental organizations. For a detailed list of speakers, see annex III to the present report.
Situation in occupied Palestine
12. Also, at the same meeting, the representative of Saudi Arabia introduced draft resolution E/CN.4/2003/L.9, sponsored by Algeria, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Egypt, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, the Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, the Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Viet Nam, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Andorra, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Indonesia, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Malta, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and Togo subsequently joined the sponsors.
13. Statements in connection with the draft resolution were made by the representative of Ireland (on behalf of the States members of the European Union that are members of the Commission - Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; the associated country that is member of the Commission - Poland - aligned itself with the statement), and the observers for Israel and Palestine.
14. A statement in explanation of vote before the vote was made by the representatives of Australia and the United States of America.
15. At the request of the representative of the United States of America, a recorded vote was taken on the draft resolution which was adopted by 51 votes to 1, with 1 abstention. The voting was as follows:
Against: United States of America.
17. For the text of the resolution as adopted, see chapter II, section A, resolution 2003/5.