COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE OF THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS
OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 127th MEETING
Held at Headquarters, New York,
on Wednesday, 29 January 1986, at 10.30 a.m.
Chairman: Mr. SARRE (Senegal)
Adoption of the agenda
Programme of work for 1986
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The meeting was called to order at 11 a.m.
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
1. The agenda was adopted.
PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR 1986 (A/AC.183/1986/CRP.1/Rev.1)
2. Mr. AGIUS (Malta), Rapporteur, speaking as Chairman of the Working Group,
introduced the draft programme of work for 1986 in document A/AC.183/1986/CRP.1/Rev.1. He drew attention to the individual paragraphs of the draft programme, adding certain comments and amendments.
3. In paragraph 8, in the first sentence, the first letter of the word "question" should be capitalized and the words "Palestinian rights" should be replaced by "the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people". In considering that paragraph, delegations had reaffirmed their full confidence in, and support for, the officers of the Committee. The importance of continuing to consult and exchange information with members and observers of the Committee, particularly those directly involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict, had also been stressed.
4. In paragraph 10, in the first sentence, "thirty-ninth" should read "fortieth", and he suggested that the matter in question should be taken up at the end of the meeting in closed session, in conformity with past practice.
5. In connection with paragraph 11, he noted that, as the work of the Division for Palestinian Rights with non-governmental organizations continued to expand, with a resultant increase in experience, it would be useful for the Committee, perhaps through its Working Group, to consider the direction in which it wished that work to evolve and the goals it wished to achieve through its relationship with non-governmental organizations.
6. In paragraph 15, the title of topic (a) should include a reference to General Assembly resolution 38/58 C, which contained the guidelines for the International Peace Conference on the Middle East.
7. Referring to paragraph 17, he said that the Working Group had felt that the seminar concerned should be held in Central Africa and that it would revert to the matter after consultations had been held. It also recommended that the North American seminar referred to in paragraph 18 should be combined with the North American non-governmental organizations symposium and that it should be held in New York from 9 to 13 June 1986.
8. By adopting paragraph 19, the Committee would decide to re-examine the
question of restricting the number of experts and shortening the duration of
seminars in view of the need to exercise financial restraint.
9. With regard to the Latin American symposium referred to in paragraph 20,
consultations would have to be conducted concerning a possible venue. As for the European symposium referred to in paragraph 21, the Committee would have to decide whether it should be held in Geneva or Vienna. The United Nations Office at Geneva could not accommodate the symposium on the dates proposed in paragraph 24, but the United Nations Office at Vienna could. Since the non-governmental organizations had indicated that they would therefore prefer to have the meeting in Vienna so as to ensure maximum participation, he suggested that the Committee should agree to that venue and that the programme of work should be amended accordingly. The Committee would have an opportunity to consult with representatives of non-governmental organizations concerning preparations for the North American symposium and for the international meeting referred to in paragraph 24, and he trusted that it would advise them to continue to emphasize the importance of convening the International Peace Conference on the Middle East.
10. Turning to paragraph 25, he said that the Working Group had requested its
Chairman to form a drafting group composed of the delegations that had submitted amendments and the Secretariat to produce a final version of the study entitled "Approaches for the Practical Attainment of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People".
11. Mr. ABOUCHAER (Observer for the Syrian Arab Republic) noted that the
Rapporteur, in his comment on paragraph 8, had stated that the importance of
continuing to consult and exchange information with members of and observers to the Committee, particularly those directly involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict, had also been stressed. It was his understanding, which was not clearly reflected in paragraph 8, that that meant that the Bureau was being urged to hold prior consultations before taking any action, and specifically with the Arab members of the Committee as being those most directly involved.
12. Mr. AGIUS (Malta), Rapporteur, said that, when that question had been
discussed in the Working Group, it had been understood that the Chairman and the Bureau would consult with the Committee members most directly involved before reporting anything to the Secretary-General, but with the proviso that at times immediate action might be required and should be taken, even without prior consultation, in which case efforts should be made to inform the members of the Committee. Of course there would be prior consultation with those most directly involved whenever possible. The wording of paragraph 8 reflected that and the need for flexibility.
13. Mr. MANSOUR (Observer, Palestine Liberation Organization) endorsed the
programme of work as amended and said that, in connection with paragraph 8, his delegation had complete confidence in the Chairman of the Committee and in the Bureau to react to events relating to Palestine and to the Palestinian people. It was the understanding of the PLO that consultations did not mean consultations with Israelis, of course.
14. Mr. AGIUS (Malta), Rapporteur, said that the representative of the PLO was correct in assuming that consultations did not mean consultations with Israel.
15. Mr. KARRAN (Guyana) said he endorsed the programme of work as amended. In connection with paragraph 8, he understood the concern of the Syrian representative for prior consultations with the directly involved Arab States but felt that the Bureau must have the authority to act expeditiously in certain situations. He also stressed, however, the need for action to expedite the flow of information as well.
16. Mr. LESSIR (Tunisia) said that paragraph 8 was satisfactory because it said that the bureau might take urgent action, in other words, that it was for the Bureau to judge what should be done in an emergency. The Bureau had responsibility to act promptly when necessary but it would, as he understood the paragraph, contact the delegations directly concerned when it deemed it appropriate.
17. The CHAIRMAN said that any action taken without prior consultation should be seen within the context of the need for flexibility to meet emergencies. He therefore hoped that paragraph 8 would be accepted. If he heard no objection, he would take it that the Committee decided to adopt the programme of work in document A/AC.183/1986/CRP.1/Rev.1., as amended.
18. It was so decided.
19. The CHAIRMAN informed the Committee that the Secretariat had received
information concerning the activities organized by the Governments of the German Democratic Republic and the Soviet Union, which he thanked on the Committee's behalf, to commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November 1985. The Secretariat had also received information concerning commemorative activities organized in co-operation with United Nations Information Centres in Buenos Aires, Jakarta, Ouagadougou and Bucharest, which was available for consultation. Further such information would be communicated to the Committee as it arrived.
The meeting rose at 11.45 a.m.