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About the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
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        General Assembly
16 November 1992

Held at Headquarters, New York,
on Thursday, 5 November 1992, at 10.30 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. CISSE (Senegal)

Adoption of the agenda

Draft report of the Committee to the General Assembly at its forty-seventh session

Other matters

This record is subject to correction.

Corrections should be submitted in one of the working languages. They should be set forth in a memorandum and also incorporated in a copy of the record. They should be sent within one week of the date of this document to the Chief, Official Records Editing Section, Office of Conference Services, room DC2-750, 2 United Nations Plaza.

Any corrections to the record of this meeting and of other meetings will be issued in a corrigendum.

The meeting was called to order at 11.10 a.m.


1. The agenda was adopted.

SESSION (A/AC.183/1992/CRP.2/Rev.1)

2. Mr. CAMILLERI (Malta), Rapporteur, introducing the draft report of the
Committee to the General Assembly (A/AC.183/1992/CRP.2/Rev.1), said that the
draft had been the object of thorough consideration by the Working Group at
its meeting held on 26 October 1992. In accordance with established practice,
the annexes, listed in the table of contents, would consist of the original
recommendations of the Committee and the recommendations and declarations
adopted by participants in regional seminars and non-governmental organization
meetings and symposia, preceded by a brief factual introduction. Since those
documents were already known to the Committee, they had not been circulated

3. Briefly summarizing the contents of the report, he said that the main
body of the report was in chapter IV, which gave an account of the action
taken by the Committee and the Division for Palestinian Rights in
implementation of their respective mandates. Chapter VI contained the
Committee's recommendations, which had been drafted taking into account recent
developments. He trusted that the report could be adopted by the Committee at
the current meeting for submission to the General Assembly as soon as possible.

4. The draft report was adopted chapter by chapter and as a whole.


5. Mr. AL-KIDWA (Observer for Palestine) said that in the year since the
launching of the Middle East peace process in Madrid no significant results
had been achieved. The Palestinian leadership had addressed messages to the
Secretary-General of the United Nations and to the Presidents of the United
States and the Russian Federation, who were custodians of the peace process,
in which it had called attention to the need for a new impetus to the peace
process. Also, in the absence of progress, it was important to ensure that
the United Nations continued to discharge its responsibilities towards the
Palestinian people in the occupied territory.

6. The recent invitation to the Secretary-General to participate officially
in the meetings of the multilateral committees, which were part of the Middle
East peace process, was a welcome development. There was a need, however, for
greater participation by the United Nations not only in the multilateral
committees but also in bilateral talks and in any other arrangements which
might emerge.

7. When the Secretary-General had requested his views on the implementation
of General Assembly resolution 46/75 concerning an International Peace
Conference on the Middle East, he had replied that the position of the General
Assembly on the need for an International Peace Conference was correct and
still represented the most effective means of achieving peace in the Middle
East. While the Palestinian leadership was disappointed that the proposed
Conference had not yet been convened, it would continue to support the current
peace process, provided that the principles set forth in resolution 46/75 were
included in any final settlement. Moreover, in view of the complex situation
in the Middle East, it still held the view that an International Peace
Conference should be held at a later stage. That view was similar to the
position adopted on the matter by the Non-Aligned Movement at its recent
summit meeting in Indonesia.

8. He wished to appeal to the members of the Committee to continue at the
current session to support the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly on
the question of Palestine. As Chairman of the Arab Group of the Whole for
November, he would welcome the ideas and suggestions of representatives of
other geographical groups.

9. The CHAIRMAN said that the Committee was ready to support not only the
Palestinians in general but also the work at the United Nations of the
Observer for Palestine. While the Secretary-General had indicated his support
for the international peace process, the convening of an International Peace
Conference on the Middle East would still be a welcome development. The reply
of the Observer for Palestine to the letter from the Secretary-General fully
reflected the views that the Committee itself would have expressed on the
matter. He hoped, lastly, that the appeal by the Observer for Palestine for
support for his work at the United Nations would not go unheeded.

The meeting rose at 11.45 a.m.

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