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Committee on Rights of Press Release GA/PAL/21
Palestinian People 21 July 1976
17th Meeting (AM)
COMMITTEE ON RIGHTS OF PALESTINIANS DECIDES ON REPORT TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People decided this morning to submit to the General Assembly, for consideration at its September/December session, the report which the Committee had prepared in May for transmittal to the Security Council.
The report (document S/12090) contains recommendations on such matters as
a time-table for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories by
1 June 1977, and a two-stage plan for return of the Palestinians to their
homes. (The report is summarized in Take 1 of Press Release SC/3755, issued
on 9 June.)
The report had been prepared in response to General Assembly resolution
3376 (XXX) of November 1975, which established the Committee and asked it to
submit its report and recommendations to the Secretary-General no later than
1 June 1976. As called for in the resolution, the Secretary-General transmitted the report to the Security Council, which considered it at eight meetings between 9 and 29 June. The Council failed to adopt a resolution on the question.
In the 1975 resolution, besides requesting a report for the Security
Council, the Assembly authorized the Committee, taking the Council's action
into consideration to submit to the Assembly at its September/December session
a report containing the Committee's observations and recommendations.
In a brief discussion this morning, the representatives of Pakistan, the
German Democratic Republic and Cuba and the observers of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Arab League expressed satisfaction at the "overwhelming support" expressed for the Committee's recommendations during the Security Council debate. The Chairman, Medoune Fall (Senegal), suggesting that the Committee submit the report it had already prepared to the Assembly, said that the few reservations expressed in the Council about the report had been of a general nature and he felt that a revision of the recommendations was unnecessary.
The Committee also approved this morning several proposals by Pakistan
concerning future work. It agreed that its drafting group, under the
chairmanship of Mr. Fall, would work between now and the start of the
General Assembly on 21 September to urge delegations to support the report
when it is considered by the Assembly.
The Committee also agreed to transmit the report to the Conference of
Non-Aligned Countries which is scheduled to meet beginning 9 August in Sri Lanka.
Finally, the Committee decided to hold one or more meetings before the start of the next Assembly session in order to discuss strategy for the Assembly's debate on the question. The Chairman said the Committee would discuss the Security Council's action on its report "after 2 November".
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