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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
PROVISIONAL
E/1998/SR.39
23 July 1998

Original: ENGLISH

Organizational session for 1998

General segment

PROVISIONAL SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 39th MEETING

Held at Headquarters, New York,
on Thursday, 23 July 1998, at 10 a.m.


President:
Mr. FULCI
(Vice-President)
(Italy)



CONTENTS

IMPLEMENTATION OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTIONS 50/226 AND 52/12B

ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS:

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECLARATION ON THE GRANTING OF INDEPENDENCE TO COLONIAL COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES BY THE SPECIALIZED AGENCIES AND THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE UNITED NATIONS

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


The meeting was called to order at 10.10 a.m.


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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 (A/53/163-E/1998/79*)


Mr. KASSANGANA (Regional Commissions, New York Office), introducing the report of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia contained in document A/53/163-E/1998/79*, said that the report covered the period from June 1997 to May 1998. During that period, the stalling of the peace process had continued to cause severe hardships to the Palestinians in the occupied territory as well as to the Arab population of the occupied Syrian Golan. Further contributing factors included the explosion of building construction in late 1997 throughout the occupied territories, Israeli policies limiting access to water, and the Israeli authorities' failure to enforce compliance with environmental regulations by Israeli industrial concerns in the occupied West Bank. Closures and the increased use of expatriate workers had aggravated the unemployment situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, whose overall economic environment inhibited investment and growth owing to the continued ambiguity of the legal and political situation. The Arab population of the Syrian Golan also faced further deterioration in their living conditions as a result of Israeli settlements, restricted employment opportunities and education, and prohibitive levels of taxation in a broad range of categories.
The meeting rose at 1 p.m.

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