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Committee on Rights of Press Release GA/PAL/5
Palestinian People 1 March 1976
3rd Meeting (AM)
COMMITTEE ON PALESTINIAN RIGHTS REQUESTS SUMMARY RECORDS OF ITS MEETINGS
The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, discussing the organization of its work this morning, decided to request that additional facilities, including summary records, be provided for its meetings.
The Chairman, Medoune Fall (Senegal), said he was requesting an
appointment with Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim to raise the question of
additional facilities, in the light of the Committee's discussion.
The Committee did not set a date for its next meeting but agreed to meet again in a few days to hear the Chairman's report on his appointment with the Secretary-General and to discuss further the organization of its work. Documentation which the Committee at its last meeting requested the Secretariat to prepare is to be ready by Thursday, 4 March, in the working languages.
The documentation to be prepared concerns the history of the Palestine problem, its genesis and development, as well as the reaction of the Palestinian people to the various resolutions and decisions of the United Nations on this question.
In the discussion this morning on the facilities for meetings, the
Committee was informed by its Secretary, Yogaraj Yogasundram, that General
Assembly resolution 2538 (XXIV), of 11 December 1969, under the heading
"Publications and documentation of the United Nations", stated, in paragraph
10 (b), that verbatim or summary records should not be provided for newly
established subsidiary bodies of the General Assembly "unless they are
specifically authorized in the enabling resolution".
The Secretary also informed the Committee that efforts were being made
to schedule four meetings a week for the Committee. However, its meetings
did not appear in the calendar of conferences approved by the General Assembly
in December 1975 and, particularly during the Third United Nations Conference
on the Law of the Sea (15 March-7 May), it might be difficult to get meeting
facilities, he said.
During the discussion which followed, members of the 20-nation body
stressed the necessity of having frequent meetings, preferably in the same room, and said the wording of General Assembly resolution 3376 (XXX), of 10 November 1975, under which the Committee was established, should cover the provision of summary records.
The Assembly, in paragraph 6 of that resolution, requested the Secretary-
General "to provide the Committee with all the necessary facilities for the
performance of its tasks".
Summing up the discussion, the Chairman said that when he met with the
Secretary-General he would state that, in the view of the Committee, all the
necessary arrangements should have been made to assist the Committee in its
work. Members of the Committee felt, he would say, that a record of their
meetings was needed and that, in their view, the 1975 Assembly resolution
amply covered the provision of summary records.
If summary records were not provided, because of the restriction in the
1969 resolution, it might be necessary to request a special session of the
General Assembly to correct the omission, he said.
He would also state to the Secretary-General that members of the Committee were "surprised" to see that this important Committee was not listed in the calendar of conferences.
In his remarks on this subject, the Chairman said he shared the
impression voiced by some Committee members during the discussion that there
were "forces rightly or wrongly trying to make things difficult for the
Committee in its work".
He said he would ask how the Secretary-General viewed the work of the
During the latter part of the meeting, which was held informally, the
Committee discussed the drawing up of a work programme, and agreed that the
representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) should be the
first speaker in the general debate.
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