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11 November 2008
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Sixty-third General Assembly
The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to take action on several draft resolutions ...
Introduction of Draft Resolutions
Before the introduction of the draft resolution on the
right of the Palestinian people to self-determination
), the Secretary of the Committee drew attention to an error in the list of co-sponsors listed on the document, which failed to mention Palestine as a sponsor. On a point of order, the observer of the Observer Mission of
asked for the document to be reissued with his delegations included in the list of co-sponsor. The request was duly noted by the chair.
The representative of
, taking the floor to introduce the draft, also on behalf of its co-sponsors, said that, for over 4 decades, the Palestinian people had been suffering from occupation and had been denied their basic rights, including their right to self-determination. His delegation, by introducing the draft, was calling for the fulfilment of those rights, and it would continue to do so until those rights were realized. The draft was essentially the same as the drafts introduced in previous years, though with the necessary technical updates included. It recalls the advisory opinion rendered in July 2004 by the International Court of Justice on the construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and its conclusion that the wall, and other measures, severely impeded the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. The draft also stresses the need for respect for the territorial integrity of all of the occupied territories, including east Jerusalem, as only such respect would guarantee peace and security for Palestinians, living alongside the State of Israel. He expressed his delegation’s sincere hope that Member States would send a “strong message of solidarity and encouragement”, as such a message would surely contribute to the ultimate realization of the Palestinian people’s fundamental rights.
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