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The meeting was called to order at 3.10 p.m.
Agenda items 8 and 9 ( continued)
Review of the achievements in the implementation and results of the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children and Plan of Action for Implementing the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children in the 1990s
Renewal of commitment and future action for children in the next decade
Draft resolution (A/S-27/L.1)
The President: The Assembly has before it a draft resolution issued as A/S-27/L.1, entitled “The situation of and assistance to Palestinian children”.
The Acting President (spoke in Spanish ): I give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Páll Pétursson, Minister of Social Affairs of Iceland.
Mr. Pétursson (Iceland): ...
Children all over the world are affected by armed struggle, poverty, lack of basic education and appropriate medical services, and insufficient protection. All feasible measures should be taken, in accordance with international humanitarian law, to ensure the protection and care of children who are affected by armed conflict. We are especially concerned about the plight of children in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Acting President ( spoke in Spanish ): I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Iyad Al-Shatti, Minister of Health of the Syrian Arab Republic.
Mr. Al-Shatti (Syrian Arab Republic) (spoke in Arabic ): ...
In that regard, I cannot fail to recall Israel’s repression, aggression and violence against the citizens of the occupied territories in violation of United Nations resolutions concerning the Golan, southern Lebanon, occupied Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif. I reaffirm the international community’s responsibility to provide protection, particularly to children, in those areas in the face of Israel’s barbaric practices, which constitute flagrant violations of international law, international instruments and the world’s conscience.
Syria and its President were in the forefront of those who condemned the regrettable acts of aggression on 11 September 2001. Likewise, Syria strongly condemns the arbitrary Israeli practices that have been reported by the media in all parts of the world. These have claimed the lives of dozens of Palestinian children. We hold the Israeli Government fully responsible for the massacres and violations it has carried out against the unarmed Palestinian people. Those barbaric acts again reaffirm Israel’s desire to see the violence continue and the peace process halted.
We also deplore the continued unjust sanctions against the Iraqi people and the resultant suffering, which has led to the deterioration of the health of all, children in particular.
In conclusion, the Syrian Arab Republic, under the leadership of President Bashar Al-Assad, will continue its ceaseless efforts to establish a comprehensive and just peace, in conformity with relevant United Nations resolutions, the Madrid terms of reference, the principle of land for peace and the resolutions adopted at the Arab Summit held recently in Beirut. We will work together for a world in which justice and peace prevail.
The meeting rose at 8.25 p.m.
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