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Press Release
UNITED NATIONS
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Fifty-eighth General Assembly
Third Committee
33rd Meeting (AM)
GA/SHC/3759
5 November 2003

GOVERNMENTS APPEAL FOR GREATER INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES POSED BY RETURNEES, AS THIRD COMMITTEE CONCLUDES DISCUSSION OF REFUGEES


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Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, Cultural) will continue its consideration of the report of the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees, questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons and humanitarian questions.

For further background information, please see Press Release GA/SHC/3757 of 3 November.


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S. SHAHID HUSAIN, representative of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), ...

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He called attention to the plight of the Palestinian people and that of the Muslim population of Jammu and Kashmir, who had been victims of vicious conflicts with hundreds of thousands forced into seeking temporary refuge for too many years.  He urged the international community to play an effective role, through the United Nations, in supporting these communities, noting that his organization had repeatedly indicated its preparedness to play its complementary role in supporting United Nations efforts in these directions. 


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