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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/1997/SR.64
23 April 1997

Original: ENGLISH

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Fifty-third session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 64th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Tuesday, 15 April 1997, at 3 p.m.

Chairman: Mr. SOMOL (Czech Republic)

CONTENTS

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QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO COLONIAL AND OTHER DEPENDENT COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES, INCLUDING:

(a) QUESTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN CYPRUS (continued)


This record is subject to correction.

Corrections should be submitted in one of the working languages. They should be set forth in a memorandum and also incorporated in a copy of the record. They should be sent within one week of the date of this document to the Official Records Editing Section, room E.4108, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Any corrections to the records of the public meetings of the Committee at this session will be consolidated in a single corrigendum, to be issued shortly after the end of the session.

The meeting was called to order at 3.35 p.m.

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QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO COLONIAL AND OTHER DEPENDENT COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES, INCLUDING:

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Draft resolution on the human rights situation in southern Lebanon and West Bekaa (E/CN.4/1997/L.83)

67. Mr. ZAHRAN (Egypt) said that the sponsors of the draft resolution wished to introduce a technical revision. In both the second preambular paragraph and paragraph 2, the word “resolution” should be changed to “resolutions” and the words “and 509 (1982) of 6 June 1982” should be added after “19 March 1978”.

68. The draft resolution expressed concern about the repeated Israeli aggressions and human rights violations in southern Lebanon and West Bekaa and about Israel's failure to implement Security Council resolutions 425 (1978) and 509 (1982); called upon Israel to comply with those resolutions and to release all detainees; and provided for the Commission's continued consideration of the agenda item at its fifty-fourth session.

69. The aim of the draft resolution was to promote the achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East. In the current situation, Lebanon needed the support of the international community; he therefore hoped that the Commission would adopt the draft resolution without a vote.

70. Mrs. KLEIN (Secretary of the Commission) said that the representative of Pakistan had become a sponsor of the draft resolution.

71. Mr. LAMDAN (Observer for Israel) said that the fact that several delegations attacked Israel not only under agenda items 4 and 7, but also under item 10, represented a further exploitation of the Commission's agenda for political purposes far removed from the cause of human rights.

72. The draft resolution, presented a one-sided and distorted view of the situation, which was caused by the hostile activities of terrorist organizations that used Lebanon as a base for their relentless aggression against Israel. The Lebanese Government had refused to restrain and disarm those groups. It could not support terrorism and expect peace in return.

73. Israel had no territorial claims or designs on Lebanon. It simply demanded that Lebanon should put its house in order so that the peace negotiations could continue. Lebanon's refusal to do so was at odds with its claim to be committed to the Middle East peace process, which was based solely on Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), as stipulated by the sponsors of the Madrid Peace Conference. The Commission's adoption of any one-sided resolution suggesting alternative approaches would lead nowhere.

74. Mr. EL KHAZEN (Observer for Lebanon) said that any people under occupation had the right to offer resistance. The disorder of which the Israeli delegation had spoken was caused by Israel. The Lebanese Government was willing to exercise its sovereignty over all of its territory, if Israel would implement Security Council resolutions 425 (1978) and 509 (1982).

75. The CHAIRMAN said that a delegation had formally requested a vote by show of hands on the draft resolution.

76. Mr. ZAHRAN (Egypt) said that, if the draft resolution could not be adopted by consensus, he requested a roll-call vote.

77. Mr. J.A. FERNÁNDEZ (Cuba) asked which delegation had requested a vote by show of hands.

78. The CHAIRMAN said that the delegation of the United States of America had submitted the request.

79. The vote was taken by roll-call.

80. Ireland, having been drawn by lot by the Chairman, was called upon to vote first.

81. The draft resolution was adopted by 51 votes to 1, with 1 abstention.

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The meeting rose at 6.05 p.m.

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