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        General Assembly
6 November 2006

Original: English

Sixty-first session
Official Records

Sixth Committee

Summary record of the 5th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Monday, 16 October 2006, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Gómez Robledo .................................................................... (Mexico)


Agenda item 100: Measures to eliminate international terrorism (continued )


The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m.

Agenda item 100: Measures to eliminate international terrorism ( continued ) (A/60/825 and Corr.1; A/61/37, A/61/178, A/61/210 and Add.1, A/61/280)


26. Mr. Dolatyar (Islamic Republic of Iran) said that terrorism was a crime for which there could be no justification; its gravest and most dangerous form was State terrorism and the most lethal form of State terrorism was foreign occupation. He referred to human rights violations in the Palestinian territories, to aggression against Lebanon, and to the sharp increase in the death rate in Iraq since the arrival of the coalition forces. ...


32. Mr. Ja’afari (Syrian Arab Republic) said his country condemned terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations, whether perpetrated by individuals, groups or States. There was a moral and legal responsibility to convene an international conference with the aim of defining terrorism and making a distinction between the type of terrorism that was wholly reprehensible and legitimate national struggles against the type of terrorism known as foreign occupation. The most serious impediment to international counter-terrorism efforts was the attempt by some States to redefine long-agreed values that had led to the establishment of the United Nations, including the principles of equal sovereignty and the right of peoples to self-determination. Scores of countries had been liberated from occupation and colonialism with United Nations support and his country was proud of its long service as Rapporteur of the Special Committee on Decolonization. A minority, however, wished to turn the clock back by pinning the terrorism label on acts of legitimate resistance to foreign occupation in an attempt to erase all memory of the past fight against colonialism. Such practices were a form of intellectual terrorism designed to persuade victims to abandon their rights lest they themselves be branded as terrorists. As it stood, the Palestinian people was exercising its legitimate right to liberate its territory and determine its own fate and the Lebanese resistance against the recent Israeli aggression fell into the same category. Similarly, the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan, which had continued along with an accompanying multitude of repressive Israeli practices since 1967, was a systematic form of State terrorism that was recognized as such by the entire international community.


The meeting rose at 1 p.m.

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