As you are aware, the General Assembly, by its resolution 61/22 of 1 December 2006, has again requested the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, “to continue to keep under review the situation relating to the question of Palestine and to report and make suggestions to the General Assembly, the Security Council or the Secretary-General, as appropriate”. By the same resolution, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General “to continue to provide the Committee with all necessary facilities for the performance of its tasks”.
As the Committee has no control over the timing of the events it is called upon to discuss, it needs to meet throughout the year, as circumstances require. Based on past experience, the Committee would request facilities for approximately three meetings per General Assembly session. These are in addition to the solemn meeting in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which is included in each year’s calendar.
With regard to the documentation submitted to the General Assembly, please be advised that the Committee submits its annual report (supplement No. 35) under the agenda item entitled “Question of Palestine”. The Committee usually adopts its report in early October of each year, at which point it is submitted for processing.
In light of the above, I should like to request that authorization again be granted to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to hold meetings during the forthcoming sixty-second session of the General Assembly, as necessary for carrying out the important mandate entrusted to the Committee by the Assembly.