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        General Assembly
29 November 2006

Original: English

Sixty-first session
Official Records

Third Committee

Summary record of the 43rd meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Thursday, 9 November 2006, at 3 p.m.

Chairman: Mr. Al Bayati ............................................................................... (Iraq)



Agenda item 66: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued)


The meeting was called to order at 3.45 p.m.


Agenda item 66: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued ) (A/C.3/61/L.51)

Draft resolution A/C.3/61/L.51: The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination

5. Mr. Afifi (Egypt), introducing the draft resolution, said that Andorra, Belarus, Belize, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guyana, Jamaica, Liechtenstein, the Niger, Romania, Saint Lucia, San Marino and Slovenia had joined the sponsors.

6. The text was essentially the same as that of the resolution adopted at the previous session; it had merely been updated. Although it had been more than a year since the Israeli occupying forces had withdrawn from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank, the situation of the Palestinian people had deteriorated. The Israeli Government had decided to punish the people by enforcing a severe blockade in the occupied territories and by using the result of the Palestinian elections as a means to block the peace process. The entity of the Palestinian people and their territory had to be safeguarded, and the Israeli practice of separating the Palestinian people’s lands and resources must come to an end. The wall must be immediately dismantled, and with it Israel’s ambition for Palestinian lands. His delegation hoped that the draft resolution would be adopted by consensus and that it would further contribute towards alleviating the hardship and suffering of the Palestinian population living under Israeli occupation.

7. Mr. Khane (Secretary of the Committee) announced that the following delegations had joined the sponsors of the draft resolution: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ecuador, the Gambia, Moldova (Republic of), Monaco, Mozambique, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Spain, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam.


The meeting rose at 6.05 p.m.

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