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        General Assembly
9 October 2000

General Assembly
Fifty-fifth session
Official Records

Third Committee
Summary record of the 14th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Monday, 9 October 2000, at 10 a.m.

Chairman:Mrs. Gittens-Joseph ....................................................................(Trinidad and Tobago)


The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.


Agenda item 107: Advancement of women (continued) (A/55/3, A/55/38, A/55/271, A/55/293, A/55/308, A/55/322, A/55/385, A/55/399, A/55/138-S/2000/693, A/55/162-S/2000/715, A/C.3/55/3 and A/C.3/55/4)

Agenda item 108: Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century (continued) (A/55/341, A/55/74, A/55/162-S/2000/715 and A/C.3/55.4)


56. Mr. Al-Hageri (United Arab Emirates) ...


60. His delegation was concerned at the suffering endured daily by women throughout the world, including, in particular, those living under occupation in appalling economic and social conditions, such as Palestinian Arab women in the Palestinian Arab occupied territories. Those women were the victims of crimes and aggression committed by the Israeli occupation forces, who, as recent incidents had shown, continued to violate the principles and rules of international humanitarian law, specifically, the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 relative to the protection of civilian persons (especially women and children) in time of war. The international community should assume its responsibilities in that connection by making every effort to find a peaceful, just, comprehensive solution based on United Nations resolutions and the principle of land for peace.


95. Ms. Haj-Ali (Syrian Arab Republic) ...


97. The participants in the Fourth World Conference on Women had reaffirmed that foreign occupation prevented women from exercising their fundamental rights. Her delegation wished to draw the Committee’s attention to the tragic situation of Arab women living under Israeli occupation in the Syrian Golan and the Palestinian territories. Those women were daily in danger of death at the hands of the Israeli forces, as was evident from many recent incidents, and they were denied their rights to freedom, education and health care. Syrian women’s associations, in cooperation with the relevant international organizations and human rights organizations, were keeping a close watch on the situation of Syrian women in the occupied Syrian Golan, and were doing everything in their power to bring the occupation to an end and thereby enable those women to regain their rights, inasmuch as occupied territories could enjoy the fruits of development only in a climate of peace and freedom.


The meeting rose at 12.55 p.m.

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