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        General Assembly
19 November 2001

Official Records
General Assembly
Fifty-sixth session
59th plenary meeting
Monday, 19 November 2001, 3 p.m.
New York

President:Mr. Han Seung-soo ............................................................(Republic of Korea)

The meeting was called to order at 3 p.m.

Agenda item 29 (continued)


Mr. Mejdoub (Tunisia) (spoke in French ):


Another topic is the protection of the most vulnerable groups. The Secretary-General devotes an important chapter to this topic and offers us various recommendations. I should like specifically to focus on the issue of protection of civilians during armed conflicts. On this point we must recall the serious deterioration in the situation of Palestinian civilians in occupied territories due to the policies and practices of Israel, which are contrary to international law and international humanitarian law, in particular the fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. It is urgent that the international community gives the necessary attention to the establishment of effective international protection for Palestinian civilians and does everything to make sure that Israel respects international law and international humanitarian law.


Mr. Ahmad (Pakistan):


We fully agree with the Secretary-General that there is a need to address the underlying causes of conflicts if peace is to be maintained. We believe that unresolved political disputes, including those in Bosnia, Kosovo, Palestine, Kashmir and other places, have a destabilizing effect on world peace. The lack of progress in the resolution of these disputes has given rise to a sense of injustice, deprivation and hopelessness. The frustration of the oppressed people is understandable when disputes, such as those in Kashmir and Palestine in particular, despite being on the agenda of the United Nations for years, remain unresolved. Indeed, global peace and security will remain elusive if these conflicts, which have been sources of tension and devastation, are not addressed. Needless to say, if we do not wish the Millennium Declaration to become another piece of waste paper lying buried in the archives of the United Nations we will have to seek its implementation in all sincerity and in its entirety.


The meeting rose at 7.20 p.m.

This record contains the text of speeches delivered in English and of the interpretation of speeches delivered in the other languages. Corrections should be submitted to the original languages only. They should be incorporated in a copy of the record and sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned to the Chief of the Verbatim Reporting Service, room C-178. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.

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