119th ASSEMBLY OF THE INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION

AND RELATED MEETINGS

Geneva, 13-15.10.2008

Governing Council

CL/183/3(a)-R.2

Item 3

14 October 2008

QUESTIONS RELATING TO IPU MEMBERSHIP AND OBSERVER STATUS

(a) Requests for affiliation and reaffiliation to the Union

PALESTINE

Following the approval by the 119th Assembly of the amendment to Article 3 of the Statutes, the Executive Committee submits the following recommendation to the Governing Council.

CL/183/3(a)-R.2

Annex

RECOMMENDATION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ON THE SUBJECT

OF THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE PARLIAMENT OF PALESTINE

IN THE INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION

"The Executive Committee, having examined at its 252nd session (Geneva, 14 October 2008) the situation of the Parliament of Palestine, recommends that the Governing Council adopt the following decision:

"The Governing Council,

Having examined at its 183rd session (Geneva, 15 October 2008) the question of affiliation by the Parliament of Palestine to the Inter-Parliamentary Union,

Noting the opinion of the Executive Committee that the Parliament fulfils the conditions laid down in Article 3 of the Statutes for membership of the Union,

Considering that the Executive Committee’s opinion is predicated on the following elements:

(a) The United Nations has on numerous occasions recognized the aspirations and entitlement to statehood of Palestine;
(b) Palestine enjoys the status of Permanent Observer to the United Nations with substantial additional rights and privileges under UNGA resolution 52/250;
(c) The Palestinian Legislative Council is a Parliament that is constituted in conformity with the basic law of the Palestinian Authority and is endowed with legislative and oversight functions,

Considering also that the current situation on the Palestinian territories impedes the functioning of the Palestinian Legislative Council and that its participation in the work of the Inter-Parliamentary Union may therefore, for the time being, be facilitated by the Palestine National Council,

Decides to admit the Parliament of Palestine as a Member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union;

Annuls, as a consequence, the decisions it adopted at its 117th and 163rd sessions regarding the participation of Palestine as an observer in the work of the Inter-Parliamentary Union".


Document Type: Decision, Recommendation
Document Sources: Inter-Parliamentary Union
Subject: PLO/Palestine, Statehood-related
Publication Date: 15/10/2008