Report of the International Court of Justice/Separation wall – GA debate – Verbatim record (excerpts)

Official Records


General Assembly
Sixty-third session

34th plenary meeting
Thursday, 30 October 2008, 10 a.m.
New York


Mr. D’Escoto Brockmann  ……………………………………………………



The meeting was called to order at 10.20 a.m.







Agenda item 66

 Report of the International Court of Justice

 Report of the International Court of Justice (A/63/4)

 Report of the Secretary-General (A/63/229)



 The President ( spoke in Spanish ): May I take it that the General Assembly takes note of the report of the International Court of Justice?

  It was so decided.


 Ms. Negm (Egypt) (spoke in Arabic ): …


  Since its establishment, the Court has promoted important principles and rules of public international law through its advisory opinions on the legality of the threat of use or the use of nuclear weapons and on the legal consequences of the construction of the separation wall in the occupied Palestinian territory, as well as its judgments related to land and maritime boundary disputes, opinions and judgments that contribute to the prevention of armed conflict throughout the world.


  Mr. Benmehidi (Algeria) (spoke in French ): …


  The Court’s opinions must not remain dead letters. In particular, the recent opinion on the legal consequences of the construction of the wall of separation in the occupied Palestinian territory enshrines the principle of the inadmissibility of acquiring land by force and must be taken into account by the principal United Nations organ responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security. Member States must continue to have recourse, through various United Nations organs, to the Court’s jurisdiction by requesting advisory opinions on issues involving or concerning them — as the General Assembly did on the issue of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence. Such requests will undoubtedly enrich the Court’s jurisprudence and ensure that the principles and ideals promoted by the Charter’s authors will prevail.


The meeting rose at 1.05 p.m. 




This record contains the text of speeches delivered in English and of the interpretation of speeches delivered in the other languages. Corrections should be submitted to the original languages only. They should be incorporated in a copy of the record and sent under the sign ature of a member of the delegation concerned to the Chief of the Verbatim Reporting Service, room C-154A. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.

Document symbol: A/63/PV.34
Document Type: Meeting record, Provisional verbatim record, Verbatim Record
Document Sources: General Assembly, International Court of Justice (ICJ)
Subject: Fence, Legal issues, Separation barrier, Wall
Publication Date: 30/10/2008

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