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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.4/67/SR.11
7 January 2013

Original: English

Sixty-seventh session
Official Records




Special Political and Decolonization Committee
(Fourth Committee)

Summary record of the 11th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Tuesday, 23 October 2012, at 3 p.m.

Chair: Mr. Messone ....................................................................... (Gabon)



Contents

The meeting was called to order at 3.08 p.m.

Statement by the President of the General Assembly on the work of the Committee

1. Mr. Jeremić (Serbia), President of the General Assembly, ...

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3. Regarding the situation in the Middle East, and the much-discussed issue of Palestine in particular, which the Committee would be considering, there was resounding support for a two-State solution that took into account the legitimate concerns of Israel and Palestine. Some Member States had called in the plenary Assembly for the United Nations to play a more decisive role. There were many delicate political aspects to the problem, but it was also essential to focus on the humanitarian one. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) played a vital role in providing basic services to a community of approximately
5 million registered refugees scattered throughout the Middle East. However, the Agency was underfunded and there was a serious cash deficit, making it increasingly unable to keep pace with the growing needs of the community it served. Though he was well aware of the budgetary constraints of the Member States, he also wanted to remind them that millions of Palestinian refugees depended on their generosity to UNRWA.

4. In conclusion, he encouraged the Fourth Committee to continue to reach compromise solutions on all the contentious issues with which it dealt.

Agenda item 55: Questions relating to information (A/67/21, 62 and 307)

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22. Mr. Benmehdi (Algeria), speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, said that notwithstanding the progress that had been made in the area of public information, many developing countries struggled to gain access to information on United Nations activities for want of resources and technical means. The Department of Public Information should continue trying to overcome those challenges so as to reach the widest possible audience. Its campaigns on issues of great importance to the international community, including the question of Palestine, were laudable. ...

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41. Mr. Mohamed (Sudan) ...

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50. Mr. dos Santos (Brazil) ...

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52. ... its special information programme on the question of Palestine was creating a dialogue among journalists, activists, academics and policymakers that might foster innovative and grass-roots initiatives for peace in the Middle East, just as its outreach programme on the Holocaust and its efforts against prejudice were contributing to a culture of peace.

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54. Ms. Abu (Israel) ...

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55. Israel remained concerned about the special information programme on the question of Palestine, which had been created by an anti-Israel resolution that set forth a one-sided narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The resolution ignored the conflict’s complex nature and promoted the dissemination of biased and misleading information that served only to deepen animosity between the parties. Given the one-sided mandate, Israeli officials would neither attend nor participate in seminars under the special information programme until a more even-handed approach was adopted; but Israel was ready to engage in the formulation of a more constructive resolution mandating future activities fostering peace education, tolerance, mutual understanding and the prevention of incitement.

56. Mr. Mansour (Lebanon), ...

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57. ... the Department should intensify its efforts to raise awareness of the Palestinian issue, through its crucial special information programme on the question of Palestine, which was furthering efforts for peace in the Middle East.

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