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Held at Headquarters, New York, on Thursday, 18 October 2001, at 3 p.m.
Chairman: Mr. Al-Haini ....................................................... (Oman)
Agenda item 108: Social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and the family (continued)
Agenda item 109: Follow-up to the International Year of Older Persons: Second World Assembly on Ageing (continued)
Agenda item 112: Advancement of women (continued)*
Agenda item 113: Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly, entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century” (continued)*
Agenda item 112: Advancement of women (continued) (A/56/3, A/56/38/Rev.1, A/565/174, A/56/222-S/2001/736, A/56/268, 279, 306, 316, 328, 329 and 472)
28. Mr. Al-Ketbi (United Arab Emirates), ...
32. In conclusion, he expressed concern at the sufferings of millions of women and children in many regions of conflict, in particular those in the Palestinian and Arab territories occupied by Israel who were facing assassination, violence, brutality, arrests, starvation, the destruction of their houses, the confiscation of their land, and expulsion by the occupying forces. Such actions were a flagrant violation of United Nations resolutions, the rules of international humanitarian law and of human-rights instruments, foremost among which was the fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 1949.
33. His delegation appealed to the international community to face up to its responsibilities with respect to the situation of Palestinian women, in particular by exerting greater pressure on the Israeli Government to end its occupation of Palestinian and Arab territories, including Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan, and to seek a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region in order to ensure security, peace and stability for all peoples in the region.
The meeting rose at 5.20 p.m.
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