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


November 1993


Volume XVI, Bulletin No. 11


Contents
Page
I.
    Recommendations of the Committee on the Exercise of the
    Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to the General Assembly
1
II.
    International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,
    29 November 1993
3
III.
    Debate on the Question of Palestine opens in the General Assembly
4
IV.
    Secretary-General reports under General Assembly resolution 47/64 D
8
V.
    Non-governmental organizations: activities and information
8



I. RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE OF THE
INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY


The Committee met on 17 November 1993, at which time it adopted its report to the forty-eighth session of the General Assembly. The report contained the following recommendations:
I. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE,
29 NOVEMBER 1993


On 29 November 1993, the International Day of Solidarity was observed at United Nations Headquarters, New York and at the United Nations Offices at Geneva and Vienna, as well as in several other cities.

All States Members of the United Nations, specialized agencies and observers were invited to attend the solemn meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People which took place in accordance with the provisions of General Assembly resolution 32/40 B of 2 December 1977.

At that meeting, statements were made by: Kéba Birane Cissé (Senegal), Chairman of the Committee; Samuel R. Insanally (Guyana), President of the General Assembly; the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali; and the President of the Security Council for the month of November, José Luis Jesus (Cape Verde).

The Observer of Palestine read out a message from Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Also, Stanley Kalpagé (Sri Lanka) made a statement as Chairman of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.

In addition, the representative of Indonesia, Nugroho Wisnumurti read out a message from President Suharto in his capacity as Chairman of the Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement. A further message was delivered by Jamsheed K.A. Marker (Pakistan) on behalf of Sandar Asif Ali, Foreign Minister of Pakistan and Chairman of the Twenty-first Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

The Observer of the League of Arab States, Mahmoud Aboul-Nasr, read out a message from its Secretary-General Ahmed Ismat Abdul Meguid. A further statement was made by Mr. Larry Ekin, the representative of the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine.

Concluding statements were made by the Chairman of the Committee and Mr. Farouk Kaddoumi, head of the Political Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Messages to commemorate the occasion were received from heads of State, heads of Government, Foreign Ministers, as well as the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania and UNESCO.

Still further messages were received from NGOs.

All statements and messages received will be published in extenso in a special bulletin prepared by the Division for Palestinian Rights.

In further commemoration of the International Day, the Committee arranged the screening of a series of films during the week beginning 29 November in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium.

In addition, a cultural exhibit was presented by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in cooperation with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations in the Public Lobby at United Nations Headquarters from 29 November to 3 December 1993.




III. DEBATE ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE
OPENS IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY


On 29 November in the afternoon, the debate on the Question of Palestine began in the General Assembly. In accordance with past practice, the item was taken up directly in the plenary and was introduced by the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. The Rapporteur of the Committee introduced the annual report. The full text of both statements is given below:

Statement by the Chairman

IV. SECRETARY-GENERAL REPORTS UNDER GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION 47/64 D


General Assembly resolution 47/64 D of 11 December 1992 on the Question of Palestine, relating to peace efforts, had reaffirmed a number of principles for the achievement of comprehensive peace in the Middle East region and had requested the Secretary-General "to continue his efforts with the parties concerned, and in consultation with the Security Council, for the promotion of peace in the region, and to submit progress reports on developments in this matter."

In a brief report submitted on 19 November (A/48/607-S/26769), the Secretary-General reported on his correspondence with the Security Council and the parties concerned, and made the following observations:
V. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION


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

1. Monthly Human Rights Report, published by Stephen Bowen and Raji Sourani, Gaza Centre for Rights and Law. Available from: Gaza Centre for Rights and Law, Iman Building, Rimal, P.O. Box 1274, Gaza Strip.

2. La Paix en Mouvement, article on Palestine available in September/October issue. Available from: 139, Boulevard Victor Hugo, F-93-400 Saint Ouen, CCP 780-56 Z, France.

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

4. 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.

5. Israel and Palestine Political Report devoted to "The Israel-PLO Accord - A New Era", available from: Magelan and Association Mashdek Développement, ISSN 0294 1341, Boite Postale 130, 75463 Paris CEDEX 10, France.

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

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

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

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

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

11. "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.

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

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

14. News from Within, newsletter of the Alternative Information Center, P.O. Box 31417, Jerusalem, Vol. IX, No. 9 containing an article on "The Oslo Agreement".

15. North American Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine (NACC), The Fax Tree, "Special Report on Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles", available from: NACC, 1747 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20009.

16. Palestine Human Rights Information Center (PHRIC) of the Arab Studies Society, "PHRIC Statement: Human Rights Issues After the Agreement on the Declaration of Principles", available from: PHRIC, P.O. Box 20479, Jerusalem.



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