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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/1994/SR.8
9 February 1994

Original: ENGLISH

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Fiftieth session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 8th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Friday, 4 February 1994, at 10 a.m.


Chairman:
Mr. van WULFFTEN PALTHE
(Netherlands)



CONTENTS

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Question of the violation of human rights in occupied Arab territories, including Palestine

The right of peoples to self­determination and its application to peoples under colonial or alien domination or foreign occupation ( continued)

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This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be submitted in one of the working languages. They should be set forth in a memorandum and also incorporated in a copy of the record. They should be sent within one week of the date of this document to the Official Records Editing Section, room E.4108, Palais des Nations, Geneva. Any corrections to the records of the public meetings of the Commission at this session will be consolidated in a single corrigendum, to be issued shortly after the end of the session.



The meeting was called to order at 10.20 a.m.

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QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES, INCLUDING PALESTINE (agenda item 4) ( continued) (E/CN.4/1994/9, 12 , 13 and 14; 96 and 98; A/48/96, 278 and 557)

THE RIGHT OF PEOPLES TO SELF-DETERMINATION AND ITS APPLICATION TO PEOPLES UNDER COLONIAL OR ALIEN DOMINATION OR FOREIGN OCCUPATION (agenda item 9) ( continued) (E/CN.4/1994/22 and 23; A/48/385)

1. Mr. AKHUND (Pakistan) said that his delegation wished to associate itself with all those that had expressed their hopes for the success of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The historic Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements was an important step forward but many obstacles still remained and a peaceful settlement could only be reached if the Palestinians were enabled to exercise their right to self-determination.

2. A just and honourable settlement would be a major factor in ensuring peace and stability in the Middle East. His delegation urged the Commission to remain actively engaged in the peace process until a comprehensive settlement had been reached. Acts of brutality against the Palestinian people must cease and all the Arab territories occupied in 1967 liberated for stability to return to that region of the world.

3. Mr. BENHIMA (Observer for Morocco) ...

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5. In the Middle East, the mutual recognition of the PLO and Israel and the signature of the Declaration of Principles constituted a turning point in the history of the region. His Government hoped that that first decisive step would be followed by the conclusion of an agreement on the modalities for its implementation and by progress in other bilateral negotiations. It was essential to reach a generally acceptable settlement that restored all the rights of the Palestinian people, including its inalienable right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent State, and secured the withdrawal of Israel from all the Arab occupied territories, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and 425 (1978).

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The meeting rose at 1.08 p.m.

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