The United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People met on January 21st. The purpose of the meeting was to re-elect officers to the committee, draft its programme of work, and accredit civil society organizations.
The committee unanimously re-elected H.E. Abdou Salam Diallo, Permanent Representative of Senegal as Chair.Â H.E. Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan and H.E. Pedro Mosquera, Permanent Representative of Cuba were re-elected Vice Chairmen.Â H.E. Saviour Borg, Permanent Representative of Malta as Rapporteur.Â The newly re-elected Chair thanked colleagues for his re-election.Â Secretary General Ban Ki Moon congratulated the new Committee and expressed his concern about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.
He discussed the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and voiced his distress about the continued house demolitions and evictions of Palestinian families.Â He called on Israel to freeze all settlement activities and expressed the need to end the current stalemate and return to meaningful negotiations.
The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People was established in 1975 in accordance with General Assembly resolution 3376. Â It serves as the main body devoted to the question of Palestine.
Afghanistan has been Vice-Chair of the Committee since its establishment.Â In his capacity as Vice-Chair of the Committee, H.E. Dr. Zahir Tanin, Ambassador Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN, has taken part and chaired numerous international conferences and gatherings, aimed at promoting a constructive analysis and discussion of various aspects of the question of Palestine, and mobilizing international support for and assistance to the Palestinian People.