Arab delegations, spearheaded by the UN's Palestinian Rights Committee, last Monday (31 March) renewed their demand in the Security Council for the establishment of separate Palestinian state.
SV: Senegal's Ambassador Falilou Kane, Chairman of the Committee on Palestinian Rights speaking in French.
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Background: Arab delegations, spearheaded by the UN's Palestinian Rights Committee, last Monday (31 March) renewed their demand in the Security Council for the establishment of separate Palestinian state. At the Committee's request, the council opened a new debate on all aspects of Palestinian rights.
SYNOPSIS: Palestinian Rights committee Chairman, Falilou Kane of Senegal opened the debate. He emphasised that the Council must act swiftly to affirm the Palestinian right to self-determination and the creation of an independent state. Me Kane said
Mr Kane said the Israeli authorities were continuing to expand settlement in occupied territories and claimed they had no intention of abandoning their plans for annexation of those territories, including Arab Jerusalem. He noted that the global trend favours accepting the Palestine Liberation Organisation as representing the Palestinian people and suggested that there had been a shift in policy among the European countries. He said more than one hundred and ten governments have now recognised the PLO.
Mr Kane claimed it was time for the Israeli authorities to face the facts, recognise the rights of the Palestinian people and enter into negotiations with the PLO. He believed a Palestinian settlement was the price for Middle East and even world peace. Mr Kane said the council's failure to act would only encourage what he described as Israel's delinquency.
The debate was later adjourned for an unspecified period but PLO sympathisers among the UN membership said that if the resolution for Palestinian self-determination was vetoed they would ask for an emergency special session of the general assembly.