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Committee on Rights of Press Release GA/PAL/12
Palestinian People 30 March 1976
9th Meeting (AM)
PALESTINIAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE AGREES TO ASK SECRETARY-GENERAL TO
CONDEMN PUBLICLY ISRAELI ACTIONS IN OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES
Continues General Debate with Statement by Pakistan
The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People agreed this morning to request the Secretary-General publicly to condemn recent Israeli actions in the occupied Arab territories.
In taking the action, the Committee accepted a proposal of Rezso Banyasz
(Hungary), who was supported by Rachid Driss (Tunisia). Mr. Banyasz said that
"new brutal attacks and several killings had been committed by the Israeli
police and military against innocent Palestinians in the occupied territory".
Mr. Banyasz suggested that the Committee urge the Secretary-General "to
express the feelings of the Committee and the international community as a
whole by condemning the brutal Israeli attacks and by requesting the Israeli
authorities to immediately stop harassment against the people of the occupied
The Committee also continued its general debate this morning, hearing a
statement by the representative of Pakistan.
In addition, following a procedural discussion initiated by the representative of Tunisia, the Committee decided to invite the Secretary-General, the Arab League and the Organization of African Unity (OAU) to express their views on the work of the Committee and to request the Secretary-General to invite the members of the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine to make their views known.
The Commission, composed of France, Turkey and the United States, was
established by the General Assembly in 1948 "to assist the Governments and
authorities concerned to achieve a final settlement of all questions"
(resolution 194 (III) of 11 December 1948).
The Committee will meet again at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, 31 March, to hear
statements by any delegations who wish to speak in the general debate. It will then go immediately into informal session to begin discussing proposals and recommendations for its report which is to be submitted by 1 June and considered by the Security Council as soon as possible thereafter.
Established by the General Assembly under resolution 3376 (XXX) of 10
November 1975, the Committee was asked to consider and recommend a programme of implementation designed to enable the Palestinian people to exercise their
rights, including the right to self-determination without external interference, and the right to national independence and sovereignty.
An unofficial outline of the Committee's report to the Security Council
has been prepared by the Rapporteur of the Committee and was circulated to
members this morning. It calls for the report to contain an introduction, the
mandate of the Committee, organization of its work, recommendations and a
seven-part summary of the deliberations of the Committee, as follows: role of
the Committee; right of return; right to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty; essential elements of a Programme of Implementation of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People; proposals concerning steps to ensure implementation of the Programme; interrelationship between the question of Palestine and the Middle East problem; and future work of the Committee.
At its meeting on 17 March, the Committee established an eight-member
working group — Afghanistan, Cuba, Guinea, India, Malta, Senegal, Tunisia
and the Palestine Liberation Organization — to begin drafting its report
and to meet simultaneously with the Committee when it is working in closed
Statement of Pakistan
NASEEM MIRZA (Pakistan) said it could not be denied that the issue of
Palestine lay at the root of the problem in the Middle East. His country
remained convinced that a gross injustice had been done when it was decided
to install an "outside people" in Palestine and to create a separate State
for them. That had led to three wars, countless outbreaks and an arms race.
The area, he continued, had become the "cockpit for the clash of
various interests" and the peace of the world was threatened.
He said the essence of the issue was the restoration and exercise of the
inalienable rights of the Palestinians, including the rights to self-determination national unity, independence and sovereignty, in their own land, as well as the right of the Palestinians to return to their own land and property.
Pakistan's support of the just cause of the Palestinian people was
motivated not only by Pakistan's close ties with them but also by the fact
that they were a suppressed and oppressed people and that their cause was
just, Mr. Mirza stated.
In regard to the PLO, he said it was heartening to see that the stand
taken by the Islamic countries in 1974 had become generally accepted in the
United Nations as the basis for a solution to the problem.
The PLO, he continued, was the representative of the Palestinian people,
a fact that had been recognized by the United Nations in particular, and by
the international community in general.
His delegation endorsed the view of the PLO representative that the
exercise of the individual right of the Palestinian to return to his homeland
was a sine qua non of the right of the Palestinian to exercise his inalienable
He also endorsed the view that the first phase of the exercise of the
right of return — as a priority of time only — should consist of the
return of persons displaced since June 1967 and that their return should not
await any political or territorial arrangements.
His delegation also shared the view that Israel should desist from
establishing new settlements in the occupied territory. In addition, he felt
that the fourth Geneva Convention should be applied and that action should be
taken to arrange the return of persons displaced since 1948. In that respect,
an agency should be created and a fund established.
The representative of Pakistan said the Committee should not be inhibited
from forwarding its views to the Security Council on the ground of expediency or by fear of a veto. He suggested that informal contacts be established and
maintained with representatives of States not members of the Committee which
were considered by the Committee to be capable of playing a positive role both
in the Security Council and the General Assembly.
The Committee's recommendations, which should be made without any
compromise of principle, should be formulated in such a way that they would
gain general support in the Council and the Assembly, he stated.
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