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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.5/55/SR.42
21 March 2001

Fifth Committee

Summary record of the 42nd meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Thursday, 21 December 2000, at 3 p.m.


Chairman:
    Mr. Rosenthal
    Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative
    and Budgetary Questions: Mr. Mselle
(Guatemala)


Contents

Agenda item 124: United Nations common system (continued)
Agenda item 116: Review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial functioning of the United Nations (continued)
Proposed programme budget outline for the biennium 2002-2003 (continued)
Agenda item 117: Programme budget for the biennium 2000-2001(continued)
Agenda item 123: Human resources management(continued)
Agenda item 117: Programme budget for the biennium 2000-2001(continued)
Capital master plan (continued)
Revised estimates of resolutions and decisions adopted by the Economic and Social Council at its substantive session of 2000 (continued)
Programme budget implications of the draft resolution contained in document A/C.3/55/L.16/Rev.1. the critical situation of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (continued)
First performance report on the programme budget for the biennium 2000-2001 (continued)


The meeting was called to order at 3.45 p.m.


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Agenda item 117: Programme budget for the biennium 2000-2001 (continued)
Capital master plan (continued) (A/C.5/55/L.28)

6. Draft resolution A/C.5/55/L.28 was adopted.

Revised estimates of resolutions and decisions adopted by the Economic and Social Council at its substantive session of 2000 (continued) (A/C.5/55/L.31)

7. Mr. Adam (Israel), speaking in explanation of position, noted the extremely inflammatory language used with regard to Israel in resolution S-5/1 adopted by the Commission on Human Rights at its fifth special session and endorsed by the Economic and Social Council. His delegation categorically rejected that resolution as well as the establishment of a human rights inquiry commission and recalled that 19 members of the Economic and Social Council had voted against the resolution in question. He also recalled the statement made by the Secretary-General following his meetings with both sides in the Middle East conflict in which he had urged a cautious approach to the situation. He regretted that funding for a permanent forum on indigenous issues, which his delegation fully supported, had been included in the same draft decision, but his delegation nevertheless felt obliged to dissociate itself from the draft decision.

8. Mr. Repasch (United States of America), speaking in explanation of position, also dissociated his delegation from the draft decision. The decision to fund a human rights inquiry commission was questionable and perhaps wasteful; it would duplicate the work of the fact-finding committee established following the Sharm el-Sheikh summit, which had been agreed to by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority in consultation with the Secretary-General and would detract from the current negotiations in Washington. His delegation supported negotiation and dialogue, not actions which could hinder efforts to achieve peace. The funds allocated to the inquiry commission would be better used for United Nations peace efforts. It would be regrettable if the Committee were to adopt the draft decision.

9. The Chairman said the Committee took note of the objections raised by the representatives of Israel and the United States of America.

10. Draft resolution A/C.5/55/L.31 was so decided.

11. Mr. Nakkari (Syrian Arab Republic) noted that the draft decision authorized commitments arising out of resolutions and decisions adopted by the Economic and Social Council. It stressed the importance of the human rights inquiry commission in response to the recent violence in the occupied territories in the Middle East and the human rights violations by the occupying Power, which could not be ignored by the international community.

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The meeting rose at 4.10 p.m.


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