COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE OF THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF THE
SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 77th MEETING
Held at Headquarters, New York,
on Tuesday, 20 April 1982, at 10.30 a.m.
Chairman: Mr. SARRE (Senegal)
Adoption of the agenda
Resumption of the seventh emergency special session
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The meeting was called to order at 10.50 a.m.
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
1. The agenda was adopted.
RESUMPTION OF THE SEVENTH EMERGENCY SPECIAL SESSION
2. The CHAIRMAN reminded members that at the recent special meeting of the
Co-ordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement, in Kuwait, a decision had been taken to incorporate in the final communiqué of the meeting a call for the resumption of the seventh emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly.
3. Mr. TERZI (Observer, Palestine Liberation Organization) said that a great deal had been taking place in the occupied Territories and there had been an escalation in the criminal acts committed by Israel, the occupying Power. Israel had gone to the extent of shooting at worshippers – unarmed people, neither demonstrating nor on strike; the culprit was a member of the Israeli armed forces, who had been supplied with a machine gun by Israel. The fact that more than 3,000 machine gun shells had been found in the precinct of the Al-Aqsa mosque implied, moreover, that more than one person had been involved.
4. The resolution under which the emergency special session was to be resumed (A/RES/ES-7/2) called upon the Secretary-General to take the necessary measures towards the implementation of the recommendations made by the Committee in document A/31/35. So far those recommendations had proved the only means of making progress. There had been some malicious attempts to circumvent them and ignore the rights of the Palestinian people, but, in the view of the PLO, the Committee's views and recommendations were still valid. The Co-ordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement, at its recent meeting, had suggested that the Secretary-General should endeavour to establish contact with the parties to the conflict with a view to arriving at a comprehensive solution to the conflict in the Middle East. He trusted that that suggestion would be endorsed in whatever resolution was adopted by the resumed emergency special session.
5. It was most important to draw the attention of the international community to the fact that a programme of action for dealing with the Palestinian problem already existed. The international community must also be reminded that Israel had prohibited the international commissions of inquiry set up by the General Assembly and the Security Council from entering the occupied Territories. He hoped that the resumed session would take adequate steps to ensure that whatever recommendations it made were not obstructed by the occupying Power.
6. The only obstacle in the Security Council to the adoption of the programme of action suggested by the Committee had been the opposition of the United States. He wondered how much pressure the Committee could bring to bear on the United States Government to recognize the rights of the Palestinian people and abstain on a resolution calling for the implementation of the programme of action, rather than preventing its application.
(Mr. Terzi, Observer, PLO)
7. He believed that the membership of the Committee should contribute at the
resumed session, to the discussion on means of securing the application of the
Committee's recommendations. It was not, of course, his intention to prescribe a course of action for the members of the Committee; he was simply arguing on the basis of points agreed upon by consensus.
8. The CHAIRMAN said that the suggestions made by the observer for the PLO were, in broad terms, to be found in the recommendations of the Committee. If he heard no objection he would take it that in the statement he made to the resumed session on behalf of the Committee, he should follow the approach suggested by the observer for the Palestine Liberation Organization.
9. It was so decided.
10. The CHAIRMAN informed members that the Committee had been represented at the meeting of the Co-ordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement in Kuwait by himself, the Rapporteur, the Chief of the Special Unit on Palestinian Rights, and the Secretary-General of the International Conference on the Question of Palestine. The Bureau had decided to call upon the international community as a whole, and particularly the Non-Aligned Movement, to do everything possible in support of the resolutions on the Palestinian question adopted by the United Nations. The meeting had been attended by a total of 24 ministers, and had resulted in a fifty-five paragraph communiqué. The Secretary-General of the United Nations had been called upon to take the initiative of promoting contacts between the parties involved in the conflict so as to bring about a solution to the problem, and an appeal had been made to the members of the Security Council to do all they could to secure compliance with the various recommendations the United Nations had been making since 1967.
11. The sixth regional seminar, held in Malta, had been a great success and had, he believed, brought a solution to the Palestinian issue closer. The seminar had been attended by senior European officials and parliamentarians from Britain, France, Greece, Italy, Belgium, and Malta itself, among others, as well as by the Archbishop of Jerusalem. The central theme of the seminar had been how to increase public awareness of the Palestinian problem in Europe; but the discussion had gone beyond a reaffirmation of broad principles, for the parliamentarians had launched a programme of action, calling on the European public to pay more attention to the Palestinian issue and on all European parliaments to take action. To that end, the parliamentarians attending the seminar had decided to form a working group and, having made contact with some of their other European colleagues, get together again, possibly in November 1982, to discuss Palestinian rights as seen from the European viewpoint.
12. He had asked the Special Unit to have the Declaration adopted at the end of the Maltese seminar circulated in the working languages of the United Nations as quickly as possible.
13. MR. TERZI (Observer, Palestine Liberation Organization) suggested that
photocopies of the Malta Declaration should be circulated informally in English and French for members to consult while the text was being prepared for issue as an official document.
14. MR. IBRAHIM (Indonesia) said that he had not yet seen the communiqué adopted at the Kuwait meeting circulated as a United Nations document. He believed that it should be.
15. Mr. LOGOGLU (Turkey) expressed the hope that the members of the Committee
would participate actively in the deliberations of the resumed seventh emergency special session, and become involved in the preparation of whatever draft the session was to adopt.
16. Mr. FAFOWORA (Nigeria) said he was struck by the fact that the documentation from the Co-ordinating Bureau meeting and the Malta seminar had not yet been released. The texts should be circulated to members of the Committee as quickly as possible: if publication was delayed, their impact would be lost. The Secretariat should bear that point in mind for the future.
17. The CHAIRMAN said he believed that the submitting of the documentation
concerned was the responsibility of the host country of the seminar and the country providing the chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement. Nevertheless, he saw no reason why the texts involved should not be circulated unofficially by the Unit within the coming 24 hours.
The meeting rose at 11.35 a.m.