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The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.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. Abulhasan (Kuwait) (spoke in Arabic): ...
Kuwait reaffirms once again its total condemnation and rejection of all forms of terrorism. However, we must draw a distinction between the genuine struggle of peoples for self-determination in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, and terrorism that targets innocent civilians.
We in Kuwait believe that the struggle of the Palestinian people, for example, in its legitimate resistance to Israeli occupation, cannot by any means be considered a form of terrorism. It is a legitimate form of self-defence and a defence of the rights of the people, pre-eminent among which is the right to life, to land and to sovereignty.
Mr. Al-Shamsi (United Arab Emirates) (spoke in Arabic): ...
We consider State terrorism, which is practised by the Israeli Government against the Palestinian people daily, to be the most dangerous kind of international terrorism. This includes the killing of thousands of innocent civilians, arbitrary arrests, the prevention of people’s movement and of the transport of food and medication, the confiscation of land, the destruction of property and infrastructure and the desecration of Islamic and Christian holy places. All of this takes place in disregard of international law and relevant resolutions of international legitimacy that prohibit collective terrorism against an entire people, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949.
Therefore, we wish to draw the attention of the international community to the fact that the Israeli Government is trying to exploit the current unusual situation, following the attacks against the United States, to kill and maim and compel many Palestinians to emigrate from their land and end the legitimate resistance to bring about their liberation, independence and self-determination.
Like other speakers, we wish to emphasize the need to reach a just, comprehensive and lasting settlement for the Palestinian question and the situation in the Middle East, which will put an end to frustration, despair and extremist responses that are violent and threaten not only the region, but the world as a whole. We are very concerned about the purpose of biased and provocative mass media campaigns and modern communications networks deployed against Arabs and Muslims, which have caused hundreds of them to suffer bodily, financial and moral harm as institutions, individuals and groups living abroad.
Mr. Aldouri (Iraq) (spoke in Arabic): ...
In another sphere, I must mention the acts of the Israeli authorities in Palestine and in the occupied Arab territories, with direct support and financing from the United States and with that country’s unequivocal international protection. These include targeted assassinations, the mass murder of the people, displacement of the people, the imposition of siege, preventing the delivery of food, destroying houses, bulldozing farms, bombing cities and villages with high-technology United States weaponry, and the use of depleted-uranium munitions and poison gas. By any international standard, those acts are organized terrorism against an entire population whose land has been looted and whose rights have been ignored. It will take a serious, broad-based international effort to put an end to this organized terrorism and to bring justice to the Palestinian people.
What is happening in Palestine is happening also in many other parts of the world, especially in the third-world countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Here, I want to reaffirm the natural inalienable right of all peoples struggling against foreign occupation, colonial domination and aggression in all its military and economic forms to counter the aggression they face and to stand up against sanctions and exploitation. That right is set out in the Charter of the United Nations and in agreed conventions and norms of international law. The legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people against occupation, terrorism and Zionist aggression cannot be considered terrorism. Nor can the legitimate struggle of the peoples of the world against United States siege and embargo and against United States and United Kingdom colonial aggression be viewed as terrorism.
The meeting rose at 6.05 p.m.