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Department of Public Information · News Coverage Service · New York

20 October 2000




Committee Work Programme


The second text is entitled, "permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources" (document A/C.2/55/L.7). By its terms, the Assembly would call on Israel, the occupying Power, not to exploit, to cause loss or depletion of or to endanger the natural resources in the occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan. It would also call for an immediate resumption of negotiations within the Middle East peace process, on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 and 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973, and the principle of land for peace, and for the achievement of a final settlement on all tracks.

Also, the Assembly would reaffirm the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the population of the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources, including land and water. Further, the Assembly would recognize the right of the Palestinian people to claim restitution as a result of any exploitation, loss or depletion of, or danger to, their natural resources, and express the hope that this issue would be dealt with in the framework of the final status negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

The draft is sponsored by Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and the observer mission of Palestine.



IHAB GAMALELDIN (Egypt) introduced the text on permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan, over their natural resources. He said that the international community was demanding a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and hoped that the beginning of the new millennium would see an end to the conflict there. Only then could the people of the region work towards development.

The draft reaffirmed the principle of the right of people under occupation to their natural resources. It also reaffirmed the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilians in Times of War to the occupied territories. It referred to the detrimental effects of the settlement policy and the confiscation of natural resources. The text called on Israel not to exploit the resources of the occupied Palestinian territories and the occupied Syrian Golan.

Committee Chairman Alexandru Niculescu (Romania) announced that Qatar and Yemen had also joined as cosponsors to the text.

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