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UNITED NATIONS
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Fifty-Ninth General Assembly
Second Committee
35th Meeting (AM)
GA/EF/3097
17 November 2004


DELEGATES STRESS NEED FOR INCREASED FUNDING TO HELP CLOSE DIGITAL DIVIDE
AS SECOND COMMITTEE CONCLUDES DEBATE ON ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT

Eight Draft Resolutions Introduced on Wide-Range of Agenda Items

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Background

The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) met this morning to hear the introduction of draft resolutions relating to humanitarian and disaster relief, groups of countries in special situations, and permanent sovereignty of Arab peoples in occupied territories over their natural resources.  It was also expected to conclude its discussion of information and communication technologies, and training and research.  (For background information, see Press Release GA/EF/3096 of 16 November.)

Introduction of Draft Resolutions

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MOHAMED ELFARNAWANY (Egypt), introducing a draft on permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources (document A/C.2/59/L.41), said the text reaffirmed the sovereignty of occupied peoples over their natural resources.  It also expressed concern over the extensive destruction caused by Israel in the occupied territories and called on that country not to exploit, cause damage and loss, or deplete natural resources in the occupied territories.

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