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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)
30 June 1993




June 1993

Volume XVI, Bulletin No. 6



Contents

Page
I.
    THIRTY-THIRD UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE HELD AT UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK ON 28 AND 29 JUNE 1993
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II.
    EXCERPT FROM STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE MINISTERIAL COUNCIL OF THE GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL AT ITS FORTY-SEVENTH SESSION, HELD AT RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA ON 7 AND 8 JUNE 1993
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III.
    EXCERPT FROM FINAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTERS FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE DAMASCUS DECLARATION STATES AT THEIR MEETING HELD AT ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ON 12 AND 13 JUNE 1993
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IV.
    UNITED NATIONS SPONSORS JOURNALISTS' ENCOUNTER IN LONDON ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE
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V.
    AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTES $A 300,000 FOR UNRWA EMERGENCY PROGRAMMES
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VI.
    ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY ADOPTS RESOLUTIONS ON THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE
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VII.
    NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION
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I. THIRTY-THIRD UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE
HELD AT UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK ON 28 AND 29 JUNE 1993


The thirty-third United Nations Seminar on the Question of Palestine (Ninth North American Regional Seminar), entitled "Priorities for United Nations Actions", was held at United Nations Headquarters, New York, on 28 and 29 June 1993. The Seminar was convened in accordance with General Assembly resolution 46/74 A of 11 December 1991. It preceded the Tenth United Nations North American NGO Symposium which took place on 30 June and 1 and 2 July 1993, also at New York, as mandated by the same resolution.

H.E. Mr. Alcibiades Hidalgo Basulto (Cuba), Vice-Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, acted as Chairman and Rapporteur of the Seminar.

A total of three meetings were held, chaired by three moderators. Ten experts presented papers relating to the theme of the Seminar. Representatives of 43 Governments, 8 United Nations specialized agencies and bodies, 2 intergovernmental organizations as well as 10 non-governmental organizations attended the meetings.

The opening session was addressed by the Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Chinmaya R. Gharekhan, Under-Secretary-General and Special Political Adviser to the Secretary-General. A further statement was made by Mr. Alcibiades Hidalgo Basulto.

A message from Mr. Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, was read out by Mr. Nasser M. Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer for Palestine to the United Nations.

The first panel, moderated by Mr. Andrew Whitley, Executive Director of Middle East Watch, was entitled "The United Nations and the implementation of international human rights instruments and relevant Security Council resolutions". The speakers were: Ms. Daphna Golan, B'Tselem, Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories; Mr. Muhammad Hallaj, Director, The Centre for Policy Analysis on Palestine, Washington, D.C.; and, Ms. Lynn Welchmann, European Field Representative, Centre for Human Rights Enforcement.

The second panel, moderated by Mr. S. Kazemi, Director, Special Unit (Palestinian People), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, was entitled "The United Nations and the promotion of the economic development of the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem". The speakers were: H.E. Mr. Alcibiades Hidalgo Basulto; Mr. Roger Guarda, Special Representative, United Nations Development Programme Office in Jerusalem; Ms. Lee O'Brien, Research Officer in the West Bank, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East; Mr. Ephraim Ahiram, Professor, Hebrew University; and, Mr. Fadle Naqib, Economist, Waterloo University, Ontario, Canada.

The third panel, moderated by Mr. Richard Curtiss, Executive Director, Washington Report, was entitled "The United Nations and the peace process". The speakers were: Mr. Johan Nordenfelt, Director, Programmes against Apartheid and for Palestinian Rights; Mr. Richard Curtiss, Executive Director, "Washington Report"; H.E. Mr. Nabil A. Elaraby, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations; Mr. Nabil Qassis, Vice-Chairman of the Palestinian delegation to the peace talks; and, Mr. Shibley Telhami, Associate Professor, Cornell University.

Concluding statements were made by the Permanent Observer for Palestine to the United Nations and by the Chairman.

The final report of the seminar will be issued in due course as a special bulletin of the United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights.




II. EXCERPT FROM STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE MINISTERIAL COUNCIL OF THE
GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL AT ITS FORTY-SEVENTH SESSION,
HELD AT RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA ON 7 AND 8 JUNE 1993


III. EXCERPT FROM FINAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTERS FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
OF THE DAMASCUS DECLARATION STATES AT THEIR MEETING HELD AT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ON 12 AND 13 JUNE 1993


IV. UNITED NATIONS SPONSORS JOURNALISTS' ENCOUNTER IN LONDON
ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE


From 9 to 11 June, the United Nations Department of Public Information held a journalists' encounter in London, co-sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom and with the support of the British newspaper, The Guardian. The theme of the encounter was entitled "Promoting a culture for peace in the Middle East".

The event was the third in a series mandated by General Assembly resolution 47/64 C of 11 December 1992. Each such encounter seeks to bring together prominent media representatives from Europe or North America with Israeli, Palestinian and other Middle East experts to engage in informal, frank discussion and promote better understanding of the question of Palestine, including its Jerusalem dimension.

The London encounter was moderated by the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Vladimir Petrovsky, and coordinated by Mustapha Tlili, Chief of the Anti-Apartheid, Decolonization and Palestine Programmes Section of the Department of Public Information. It was opened by Douglas Hogg, Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom.

The meetings were attended by some 35 media representatives as well as experts on the subject.

The panelists were: Graeme Bannerman, former Staff Director of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Sir James Craig, Senior Associate Member, St. Anthony's College, Oxford, and President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies; Avigdor Feldman, Member of the Board of Directors of B'Tselem, a human rights advocacy group in Israel; Major-General Shlomo Gazit, former Director of Israeli Military Intelligence and Senior Fellow at the Jaffee Centre for Strategic Studies; Khalil Hindi, Palestinian representative at the multilateral negotiations on economic development and Professor of Economics at Manchester University, United Kingdom; Asa Kasher, Professor of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University; Yossi Olmert, former Director of the Israeli Government Press Office; Afif Safieh, Head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) delegation in the United Kingdom; Hanna Seniora, Publisher of Al-Fajr, Jerusalem; Nabeel Sha'ath, Adviser to the President of the PLO, Mohammed Sid-Ahmed, senior columnist of Al-Ahram, Cairo; and Ephraim Sneh, Member of the Israeli Knesset.

During the three-day meeting, there were widely differing assessments by Palestinian and Israeli speakers about what was being offered by Israel in the peace negotiations which were then about to enter their tenth round in Washington. The Palestinians felt that the interim phase of autonomy must proceed to full sovereignty, whereas the Israelis were not prepared to accept a Palestinian State on their borders unless and until the interim phase has passed peacefully.

The encounter provided a platform for a lively and informative exchange of views between Arabs and Israelis and the other expert panellists, affording valuable insights among participants. The fear, anxiety and mistrust on the part of both Palestinians and Israelis was plainly expressed, but there were many solid suggestions on how to overcome these emotions. Taken with the current high level of violence in the occupied territories, journalists and other observers at the encounter found it quite understandable that the peace process should be so slow.




V. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTES $A 300,000
FOR UNRWA EMERGENCY PROGRAMMES


The following press release was issued by UNRWA on 16 June 1993:
VI. ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY ADOPTS RESOLUTIONS ON THE
SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE


At its fifty-eighth ordinary session held in Cairo, Egypt from 21 to 26 June 1993, the Council of Ministers of the Organization of African Unity adopted the following resolutions (see CM/Res. 1452 and 1453 (LVIII)):

Resolution on the situation in the Middle East

VII. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION


In the course of June, the following information was received by the Division for Palestinian Rights:

1. The Yale Journal of International Law, volume 18, no. 1, containing an article by Adrien Katherine Wing entitled "Legal Decision-Making During the Palestinian Intifada: Embyonic Self-Rule".

2. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, available from: The American Educational Trust, P.O. Box 53062, Washington, D.C. 20009, United States of America.

3. ADC Times, publication of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Available from: 4201 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20008, United States of America.

4. Israel and Palestine Political Report, available from: Magelan and Association Mashdek Développement, ISSN 0294 1341, Boite Postale 130, 75463 Paris CEDEX 10, France.

5. The Middle East, monthly publication available from: IC Publications Ltd., 7 Coldbath Square, London EC1R 4LQ, United Kingdom.

6. Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, briefing paper entitled "From Shamir to Rabin: What change for peace?", available from: 21, Collingham Road, London SW5 ONV, United Kingdom.

7. Middle East International, biweekly publication, available from: P.O. Box 53365, Temple Heights Station, Washington, D.C. 20009, United States of America.

8. The Other Front, weekly bulletin on developments in Israeli society, available from: The Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 24278, Jerusalem.

9. The Other Israel, newsletter of the Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, available from: P.O. Box 2542, Holon, Israel 58125.

10. "Surveillance and Defamation, Arab-American Political Rights in Times of Crisis", special report of the Arab-American Institute, available from: 918 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Suite 601, Washington, D.C. 20077-2505.

11. Samed, Palestinian Prison Voices, Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners, available from: P.O. Box 19543, Jerusalem, Israel.

12. April 17, quarterly publication by the Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 31417, Jerusalem.



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