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Souveraineté permanente du peuple palestinien dans le TPO, y compris Jérusalem-Est, et dans le Golan syrien occupé sur leurs ressources naturelles – Compte rendu (extraits)
3 January 2013
Summary record of the fifth meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Tuesday, 9 October 2012, at 3 p.m.
: Mr. Talbot ......................................................................
General debate (
The meeting was called to order at 3 p.m.
(Syrian Arab Republic) ...
6. Israel continued to occupy the Palestinian territory and the Syrian Golan in flagrant violation of international law thereby draining Syrian resources and endangering the environment and the livelihoods of the region’s Syrian inhabitants. It was now planning to build wind turbines in the occupied Syrian Golan, thereby contravening General Assembly resolution 66/225, which reaffirmed the permanent sovereignty of the people of the occupied Syrian Golan over the region’s natural resources. The Committee should highlight the adverse economic and environmental impacts of foreign occupation, which had been acknowledged repeatedly in United Nations resolutions and reports. The outcome document of Rio+20 rightly reiterated the commitment of the international community to remove the obstacles preventing peoples under occupation from achieving sustainable development.
(Sri Lanka) ...
23. Finally, noting that the Committee had within its mandate the subject of permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory over their natural resources, he said that the world should not delay in restoring the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. His Government fully supported the immediate implementation of all relevant United Nations resolutions on Palestine that would pave the way for the achievement of Palestinian statehood.
Statements made in exercise of the right of reply
(Syrian Arab Republic) said that the accusations made by the representative of Israel were disingenuous. The inhuman Zionist entity was responsible for a criminal occupation, the worst that humanity had ever known. Its exploitation of the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory and occupied Syrian Golan had been documented by the United Nations, and the issue was on the Committee’s agenda. The Committee had an important role to play in exposing Israel’s violations of the relevant resolutions and asserting the sovereignty of the people of Palestine and the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources. The international community should press for an end to the inhuman policies of blockade and starvation, which constituted a denial of the right to development, food and a life of dignity.
(Observer for Palestine) said that the various committees of the General Assembly could not display a split personality depending on the issue at hand. Israel, too, had lost credibility owing to its ongoing illegal occupation of Palestine. The representative of Israel had mentioned the need for professionalism; but that very consideration meant that the issue should be approached comprehensively. Israel’s occupation violated political, economic, developmental and social rights; all of Palestine, including its environment, was suffering on a daily basis.
The meeting rose at 5.45 p.m.
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