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General Assembly to resume emergency special session on Middle East

General Assembly to resume emergency special session on Middle East

The United Nations General Assembly will resume its tenth emergency special session on "Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory" on Monday to discuss Secretary-General Kofi Annan's just-released report on recent events in Jenin and other Palestinian cities.

A spokesman for General Assembly President Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea said the meeting was being convened at the request of South Africa, Chair of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement, and Oman, Chair of the Arab Group of States.

The tenth emergency special session was initially convened in 1997 when Israel began construction of a new settlement south of East Jerusalem. The Security Council had met twice on that issue but had failed to adopt two resolutions. Using the "Uniting for Peace" formula, a special emergency session of the General Assembly was convened in April and again in July and November of 1997. It also resumed in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Most recently, the session reconvened on 7 May, following the disbandment of a fact-finding team which was headed to Jenin. During that meeting, the Assembly adopted resolution A/ES-10/10 which, among other things, requested the Secretary-General to present a report on the events that took place in Jenin and other Palestinian cities, which will form the basis of Monday's discussions.