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The meeting was called to order at 3 p.m.
Agenda items 8, 9 and 10 ( continued)
Review and appraisal of progress made in the implementation of the Habitat Agenda
Note by the Secretary-General (A/S-25/3 and Add.1)
Further actions and initiatives for overcoming obstacles to the implementation of the Habitat Agenda
Declaration on cities and other human settlements in the new millennium
The President: I give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Soliman, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities of Egypt.
Mr. Soliman (Egypt) (spoke in Arabic ): ...
We are increasingly concerned in Egypt over Israeli threats and aggressions against the Palestinian people. Israel has targeted urban agglomerations of Palestinians with aircraft and artillery despite the political complications of the current situation in occupied Arab territories. One legal reality concerning the theme of our conference, present in the minds of the international community, is the legitimacy of the transfer by the occupation authority of their citizens to the occupied territories in contradiction of the 1949 Geneva Convention. The Security Council and the General Assembly have reaffirmed that this Convention applies to all Arab and Palestinian territories that Israel has occupied since 1967. We call on the international community to bring every possible pressure to bear on Israel to prompt it to implement the relevant resolutions of the Security Council, especially since Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, the seizure of lands and the obstruction of the movement of Palestinians, pose a threat to peace and security. This is the root of all the violence.
The meeting rose at 7.30 p.m.
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