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Cablegate: General Committee Considers Report of the Human

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SUBJECT: GENERAL COMMITTEE CONSIDERS REPORT OF THE HUMAN
RIGHTS COUNCIL

1. The General Committee met on October 25 to consider the
allocation of agenda item 68 "Report of the Human Rights
Council". The item had been inscribed on the item in
September but the Committee deferred the decision on
allocation pending further consultations The GA President,
Chairman of the General Committee, announced that agreement
had now been reached and read out the following statement:

Quote. The General Committee decided to recommend to the
General Assembly that agenda item 68, entitled "Report of the
Human Rights Council", be considered in Plenary meeting and
in the Third Committee, on the understanding that the Third
Committee would consider and act on all recommendations of
the Human Rights Council to the General Assembly, including
those that deal with the Development of International Law in
the field of human rights. Taking into account this
recommendation, the General Assembly Plenary would consider
the Annual Report of the Human Rights Council on its
activities for the year.

The allocation of the item entitled "Report of the Human
Rights Council" both to the Plenary of the General Assembly
and the Third Committee, and the understanding of the
division of work between them was agreed upon with the
understanding that this arrangement is due to the fact that
the Human Rights Council has only commenced its work in June
2006. It is understood that the current arrangement is in no
way a reinterpretation of General Assembly resolution 60/251
and will be reviewed before the beginning of the 62 session
of the General Assembly, on the basis of the experience
gained with the efficiency and practicality of this
arrangement. End Quote.

2. No delegations commented. The General Assembly will
consider the General Committee report tomorrow and is
expected to adopt the General Committee's decision.
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