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Source: Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee)
11 October 2007


General Assembly
GA/SPD/374

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-second General Assembly
Fourth Committee
5th Meeting (PM)



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Background

The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) met this afternoon to hear the remaining petitioners on the question of Western Sahara and continue its general debate on decolonization issues.  (Reports before the Committee are summarized in Press Release GA/SPD/371.)

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ASIM IFTIKHAR AHMAD ( Pakistan) ...

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He said that decolonization and the right to self-determination were objectives of such importance, scope and global relevance that they should not be limited to the Non-Self-Governing Territories.  Their application was universal.  Nowhere was that more evident than in the Middle East and South Asia.  The continued denial of the Palestinian peoples’ right to self-determination was the core cause of conflict and the primary impediment to comprehensive peace in the Middle East.  ...

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AHMED H.M. GEBREEL ( Libya) ...

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He stressed the importance for the representatives of the Territories to take part in the Special Committee’s discussions.  Each Territory’s situation should be taken up independently.  The administering Powers must stop their military manoeuvres in the Territories, and cease using the Territories as bases from which to conduct such exercises.  The situation in the Non-Self-Governing Territories was not different from the situation and circumstances of the Palestinian people, he noted.

AMR EL-SHERBINI ( Egypt) ...

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He stressed the right of colonial people to use their natural resources for their own good, and called on Member States to avoid those activities that adversely affected the interests of the people of Non-Self-Governing Territories.  The international community should help those Territories in the pursuit of economic development, and, for its part, the Special Committee should consult more regularly with the Economic and Social Council, as well as with United Nations agencies in the fields of economic and social development.  Egypt reaffirmed its commitment to supporting all United Nations efforts to grant independence to all occupied people, including the Palestinians.

FRIEDA NANGULA ITHETE (Namibia), ...

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... Palestinians deserved an independent sovereign State.  ... She reiterated Namibia’s unwavering support for the peoples of Western Sahara and Palestine in their just cause for freedom and independence.

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