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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.2/59/SR.36
18 January 2005

Original: English

Fifty-ninth session
Official Records



Second Committee

Summary record of the 36th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Wednesday, 24 November 2004, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Balarezo ............................................................. (Peru)



Contents

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Agenda item 91: Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources ( continued)



The meeting was called to order at 10.35 a.m.


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Agenda item 91: Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources (continued) (A/C.2/59/L.41)


Draft resolution on permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources (A/C.2/59/L.41)

34. Mr. Elfarnawany (Egypt) introduced the draft resolution on behalf of the sponsors and noted that the seventh preambular paragraph should read “ Recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and recalling resolution ES-10/15 of 20 July 2004,”.

35. Ms. Chong (Brunei Darussalam), Ms. Navarro (Cuba) and Mr. Barry (Senegal) said that their delegations had become sponsors of the draft resolution.

36. The Chairman said that the United States delegation had requested a recorded vote on draft resolution A/C.2/59/L.41.

37. A recorded vote was taken on draft resolution A/C.2/59/L.41.

In favour:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:
Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), United States of America.

Abstaining:
Albania, Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

38. Draft resolution A/C.2/59/L.41 was adopted by 140 votes to 4 with 8 abstentions.

39. Ms. Sindbjerg (Denmark) pointed out that her delegation’s vote in favour of the draft resolution had not been recorded.

40. Mr. Leu (Republic of Moldova) said that his delegation had intended to vote in favour of the draft resolution.

41. Mr. Toktomushev (Kyrgyzstan) said that his delegation had intended to vote in favour of the draft resolution.

42. Mr. Boureima (Niger) said that, had his delegation been present, it would have voted in favour of the draft resolution.

43. Mr. Manis (Sudan) said that, had his delegation been present, it would have voted in favour of the draft resolution.

44. Mr. Van Loosdrecht (Netherlands), speaking on behalf of the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey, said that the European Union had voted in favour of draft resolution A/C.2/59/L.41 because it believed that the natural resources of any territory seized by force or arms should not be used inappropriately or illegally by the occupying Power. In that regard, the European Union reaffirmed the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1941 to the Occupied Territories and also reaffirmed that any infringement of the rights of the Palestinian people with regard to that Convention was illegal.

45. However, the issues referred to in the resolution were matters which were to be addressed within the framework of the permanent status negotiations of the Middle East Peace Process. The European Union remained committed, in close cooperation with its partners in the Quartet and in the Arab world, to assisting the Parties in their efforts to find a final settlement to the Middle East conflict. Therefore, the resolution just adopted must not be considered as prejudicial to or preemptive of the outcome of those negotiations.

The meeting rose at 12.05 p.m.


This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned within one week of the date of publication to the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section, room DC2-750, 2 United Nations Plaza, and incorporated in a copy of the record. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.



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