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UNITED NATIONS
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Fifty-third General Assembly
Third Committee
37th Meeting (AM)
GA/SHC/3499
6 November 1998




ASSEMBLY WOULD REAFFIRM RIGHT OF PALESTINIAN PEOPLE TO SELF-DETERMINATION,

WITHOUT EXCLUDING STATE OPTION, BY THIRD COMMITTEE DRAFT


The General Assembly would reaffirm the right of the Palestinian people to self- determination, without excluding the option of a state, by the terms of a draft resolution introduced in the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) this morning, as it continued its consideration of human rights questions and situations.

By further terms of the draft, introduced by Egypt, the Assembly would express its hope that the Palestinian people would soon be exercising their right to self-determination in the current peace process, and urge all States and organizations to continue to support and assist the Palestinian people in their quest for self-determination.

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Committee Work Programme

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met this morning to continue consideration of alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives. (For background information on reports before the Committee, see Press Release GA/SHC/3494 of 4 November.)

Introduction of Draft

LAMIA MEKHEMAR (Egypt) introduced a draft resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination (document A/C.3/53/L.26). The United Republic of Tanzania, Liechtenstein and Suriname had joined in sponsoring the draft.

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