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- Opening of the session by the President of the General Assembly /1/
- Minute of silent prayer or meditation /2/
- Organization of work
- Tribute to the memory of His Excellency Sir Seretse Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana
- Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations
- Credentials of representatives to the seventh emergency special session of the General Assembly:
(a) Appointment of the members of the Credentials Committee
- Adoption of the agenda /4/
- Statement by the President Question of Palestine /5/
- Request for inscription oh the list of speakers from the Secretary-General of the Islamic Conference
Corrections should be submitted to original speeches only. They should be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned, within one week, to the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section, Department of Conference Services, room A-3550, 866 United Nations Plaza, and incorporated in a copy of the record.
The meeting was called to order at 10.55 a.m.
OPENING OF THE SESSION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The PRESIDENT: I declare open the seventh emergency special session of the General Assembly.
ITEM 2 OF THE PROVISIONAL AGENDA
MINUTE OF SILENT PRAYER OR MEDITATION
The PRESIDENT: I invite representatives to stand and observe one minute of silent prayer or meditation.
The representatives, standing, observed a minute's silence.
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
The PRESIDENT: With the permission of Members, I should like to draw the Assembly's attention to rule 63 of the rules of procedure, which states:
CREDENTIALS OF REPRESENTATIVES TO THE SEVENTH EMERGENCY SPECIAL SESSION. OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
QUESTION OF PALESTINE
REQUEST FOR INSCRIPTION ON THE LIST OF SPEAKERS FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE
The PRESIDENT: Members of the General Assembly have before them document A/ES-7/5, which contains a request that the Secretary-General of the Islamic Conference be given an opportunity to address the Assembly in the course of the debate on the question before the emergency special session.
May I consider that, taking into account resolution 3369 (XXX) of 10 October 1975, by which the General Assembly granted observer status to the Islamic Conference, the Assembly accedes to that request?
It was so decided.
The PRESIDENT: Accordingly, at the appropriate moment, I shall invite the Secretary-General of the Islamic Conference to address the Assembly. I now call on the first speaker in the debate, the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian people, His Excellency, Mr. Falilou Kane of Senegal.
Mr. KANE (Senegal) (Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People) (interpretation from French): Mr. President, permit me to tell you how pleased I am to see an illustrious son of Tanzania, a country devoted to the cause of peoples struggling for their national independence, preside over the proceedings of this emergency special session convened on the question of Palestine.
I have recently returned from your country, where the first regional seminar on the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people was held, and I am still under the spell of the charms of Tanzanian hospitality. Your country, by agreeing to host the seminar, has once again demonstrated its unswerving support for just causes.
I hope that under your presidency and with the competence that we all know you to possess, the current session will enable the cause of the Palestinian people to make new progress.
The convening of this special session of the General Assembly comes at a time when the situation in occupied Palestine is deteriorating day by day, at a time when the so-called peace talks are stalled and at a time when the United Nations seems to be unable to have a positive influence on the course of events.
Such a situation is fraught with danger for international peace and security, for a fire that is not quenched must spread. A benign cancer that is not treated spreads, becomes incurable and then fatal. The lack of a solution to the problem of Palestine can only help to accentuate the cycle of revolt and repression, the foreseeable consequence of which is escalation to a fifth Israeli-Arab war that may turn into a world conflict.
The United Nations would be failing in its duty today if it did not adopt effective measures to halt such a trend and to find a just solution to the problem of Palestine, as you have just said, Mr. President.
Unfortunately, today - whether we like it or not - the United Nations seems to be unable to act effectively. The United Nations body entrusted with the maintenance of international peace and security is paralysed by the misuse of the veto by one of its permanent members. Indeed, for nearly four years, the question of the recognition of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people has made no progress in the Security Council, because that permanent member refuses, on the one hand, to recognize the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people and, on the other, to allow the United Nations to adopt decisions which might promote a peaceful settlement of the problem of Palestine.
That attitude is all the more deplorable as there exists today, within the international community, a broad consensus on the need to take account of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people in any peace effort.
Confronted with a situation in which one State is preventing the Security Council from discharging its duties and is opposing the will of the international community, the non-aligned countries, in consultation with our Committee, decided to request that an emergency special session of the General Assembly be held. In paragraph 133 of their Final Declaration, the Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned Countries, meeting in Havana, had decided: