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Fifty-fourth General Assembly
Third Committee
29th Meeting (PM)
2 November 1999

Committee work programme

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met this afternoon to begin consideration of human rights questions, first taking up questions related to implementing human rights instruments.


By terms of a 61-Power draft resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination (document A/C.3/54/L.29), the Assembly would urge all States and bodies of the United Nations system to continue assisting the Palestinian people in their quest for self-determination. The draft is sponsored by: Algeria, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chile, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Guyana, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe and Palestine.


Introduction of draft resolutions


AHMED ABOUL GHEIT (Egypt) introduced a draft resolution on issues related to the right of peoples to self-determination entitled, "The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination". The following countries were added as sponsors to the draft: Lebanon, United Republic of Tanzania, Japan, Afghanistan, Comoros, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Botswana and Lao People's Democratic Republic.


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