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The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m.
Agenda item 166 (continued )
Measures to eliminate international terrorism
Report of the Secretary-General (A/56/160 and Corr.1 and Add.1)
Mr. Buallay (Bahrain) (spoke in Arabic ):
First, terrorism needs to be clearly defined, in a manner agreed by the international community, in order to ascertain the reasons and factors leading to terrorism and to the means to punish its perpetrators. In defining terrorism, we must draw attention to the need to differentiate between terrorism and the legitimate struggle against and resistance to occupation, as is the case for the Palestinian people struggling to liberate its usurped land and recover it from its occupier.
Occupying the land of others by force is among the most serious forms of terrorism. Such occupation is State terrorism, which has wider ranging and more pervasive consequences. The entire world must therefore condemn the acts perpetrated by Israel in terrorizing Palestinian land.
The meeting rose at 1 p.m.