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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
General Assembly
10 October 2012




General Assembly
GA/L/3435

        Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-seventh General Assembly
Sixth Committee
4th & 5th Meetings (AM & PM)


LEGAL COMMITTEE DELEGATES COMMEND RECENT HIGH-LEVEL MEETING,

DECLARATION AS DEBATE BEGINS ON RULE OF LAW

Many Speakers Urge States to Ratify Rome Statute,
Accept Compulsory Jurisdiction of International Court of Justice

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Background

The Sixth Committee (Legal) began its deliberations today on the rule of law at the national and international levels.

For its consideration, the Committee had before it two reports of the Secretary-General, the first being the Secretary-General’s annual report on Strengthening and coordinating United Nations rule of law activities (document A/67/290), and the second, Delivering justice: programme of action to strengthen the rule of law at the national and international levels (document A/66/749). The annual report complements the Secretary-General’s proposals, contained in his second report.

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With regard to non-judicial dispute resolution and accountability mechanisms, the annual report describes the fact-finding missions and commissions of inquiry in Libya, Syria and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Utilizing recommendations from such mechanisms could be maximized through supportive and practical initiatives, such as the Human Rights Council’s decision in Syria to establish the Special Rapporteur’s mandate to monitor human rights in the country. Because many modern challenges involved cross-border dynamics, regional approaches to strengthening the rule of law had emerged.

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HOSSEIN GHARIBI (Iran), speaking for the Non-Aligned Movement, ...

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He reiterated support for the Palestinian application for United Nations membership, based on their right to self-determination and independence, convinced that “realization of this objective will be a major step towards securing freedom, dignity, stability and peace for the Palestinian people and reflect the international community’s true commitment to uphold the rule of law at the international level and foster international legitimacy”. ...

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MOOTAZ AHMADEIN KHALIL (Egypt), ...

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... He also called for the end of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Occupied Territories, including Jerusalem, and Syrian Golan, and he expressed support for the Palestinian request for full membership in the United Nations.

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MEDHI ALAJMI ( Kuwait) ...

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Turning to the situation in the Middle East, he said that for more than 60 years, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had been one of the most prominent cases of violation of international law. Yet the United Nations had not found a solution, and the situation had become further complicated as Israel had persisted in its expansion and settlement policies as well as its aggression against the Palestinian people. He expressed support for a peaceful solution to the conflict, as well for the Palestinian Authority to gain full membership in the United Nations. ...

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