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        General Assembly
19 November 2007

Original: English

Sixty-second session
Official Records

Special Political and Decolonization Committee
(Fourth Committee)

Summary record of the 8th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Friday, 19 October 2007, at 10.30 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Vidouris (Vice-Chairman) ...................................................................... (Greece)


Agenda item 35: Questions relating to information (continued)

In the absence of Mr. Mohamad (Sudan), Mr. Vidouris (Greece), Vice-Chairman, took the Chair.

The meeting was called to order at 10.55 a.m.

Agenda item 35: Questions relating to information (continued ) (A/62/21 and 205)


14. Mr. Maleki (Islamic Republic of Iran) ...


16. ... His delegation called on the Department to increase the number of participants in the annual training programme for broadcasters and journalists from developing countries and to continue its annual programme for Palestinian journalists.


21. Ms. Miyoshi (Japan) said that it was significant that the participants at the recent International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, which had been organized by DPI and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, had agreed on the importance of maintaining an ongoing dialogue between Palestine and Israel. ...


23. Mr. Kanaan (Observer for Palestine) said that DPI played a crucial role in drawing the world’s attention to a variety of issues. He stressed the importance of the Department’s special information programme on the question of Palestine, including the recent International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East held in Tokyo on the topic of re-engaging the Israelis and the Palestinians in the search for a comprehensive and lasting political settlement.

24. He hoped that DPI would continue the Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists’ Fellowship Programme, but pointed out that, even as the Committee was discussing the role of media in promoting Palestinian-Israeli dialogue, Israel continued to prevent journalists from taking part in the Department’s media training programmes. It had barred three Palestinians from going to the United States Consulate in Jerusalem to pick up visas on the grounds that no one under the age of 35 was permitted to leave Gaza. The Israeli authorities were also continuing to hinder implementation of paragraph 3 (d) of General Assembly resolution 61/24 calling for DPI to organize and promote fact-finding news missions for journalists to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

25. His delegation appreciated the Department’s efforts to raise global awareness of Palestinian issues, and urged it to devote greater attention to the dialogue between civilizations, particularly in the light of recent instances of defamation of Islam and the Prophet in certain western media. He praised the Department’s efforts to spread awareness of United Nations issues, particularly within academic institutions, inter alia through its partnership with international broadcast networks and through the UN Chronicle.


29. Mr. Elsherbini (Egypt) ...


32. Egypt also called for continued efforts by the Committee on Information to raise awareness of the Middle East situation, by providing objective media coverage that would help sustain efforts to end the Israeli occupation which had begun in 1967 and to give effect to the legitimate rights of the Palestinian and other Arab peoples. In that context, Egypt supported such meetings as the annual seminar on peace in the Middle East, organized by the Committee on Information. ...


The meeting rose at 12.45 p.m.

This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned within one week of the date of publication to the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section, room DC2-750, 2 United Nations Plaza, and incorporated in a copy of the record.

Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.

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