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Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (continued)
Introduction of draft resolution E/2005/L.24
39. Mr. Koubaa (Tunisia), speaking on behalf of the sponsors listed, which had been joined by Cuba, Indonesia and Iraq, introduced draft resolution E/2005/L.24, on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation. The draft was largely similar to the one adopted the previous year, although a new eleventh preambular paragraph had been added, recalling international human rights instruments such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and affirming that those instruments must be respected in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. Another new preambular paragraph affirmed that those instruments must also be respected in the occupied Syrian Golan.
40. The draft resolution also recalled the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of the wall in the occupied Palestinian territory, as had the previous year’s text, but the current text further stressed the need for full respect of the legal obligations mentioned in the advisory opinion. Moreover, paragraph 7 had been added, stressing that the wall was unlawful and was seriously debilitating to the economic and social development of the Palestinian people, and calling once again for full respect of the legal obligations mentioned in the advisory opinion. The draft also reaffirmed the principle of the permanent sovereignty of peoples under foreign occupation over their national resources, and urged Member States to encourage private investment in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, in order to alleviate the hardship of the Palestinian people.
The meeting rose at 4.40 p.m.
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