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(4) the Secretary of State should submit to

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member states to accept Israel as a full member of

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their regional bloc and describes the responses there

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to from the member states.

H.L.C.

AMENDMENT TO H. RES. 615

OFFERED BY Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN

In the first clause of the preamble, strike “regional”.

In the fifth clause of the preamble, strike “geo

graphical region of and insert “group in”.

In the eleventh clause of the preamble, strike "is

rather comprised solely of” and insert "rather com

prises”.

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[COMMITTEE PRINT)

MAY 12, 2004

(Showing the Amendments Adopted by the Subcommittee on

the Middle East and Central Asia)

108TH CONGRESS

20 SESSION

H. RES. 615

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives in support of full

membership of Israel in the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at the United Nations.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

APRIL 30, 2004
Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN (for herself, Mr. BLUNT, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. PENCE, Mrs.

JO ANN DAVIS of Virginia, Mr. McCOTTER, Mr. CROWLEY, and Mr.
ACKERMAN) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the
Committee on International Relations

RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives in

support of full membership of Israel in the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at the United Nations.

Whereas since the mid-1960s, the member states of the

United Nations have been divided into five regional groups, including the Western European and Others

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Group and the African, Asian, Latin American, and
Eastern European groups;

Whereas the United Nations increasingly relies on this

“Group System” to facilitate its work and two leading United Nations organs, the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council, have passed numerous resolutions granting this system a central role in United Nations elections;

Whereas Israel has been refused admission to the Asian

Group of the United Nations and is therefore denied the rights and privileges of full membership in the United Nations;

Whereas exclusion of Israel violates crucial principles of the

United Nations Charter, including the right of states to be treated in accordance with the principle of sovereign equality and the right to vote and participate fully in the United Nations General Assembly;

Whereas the Bureau of every United Nations conference com

prises one representative from each geographical region of the United Nations and Israel is therefore denied access to this vital apparatus enjoyed by other United Nations member states;

Whereas on May 30, 2000, Israel accepted an invitation to

become a temporary member of the Western European and Others Group at the United Nations;

Whereas Israel's membership in the Western European and

Others Group is limited and, as a temporary member, Israel is not allowed to compete for open seats or to run for positions in major bodies of the United Nations, such as the Security Council, or United Nations-affiliated

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agencies, such as the United Nations Commission on Human Rights;

Whereas Israel is only allowed to participate in limited activi

ties of the Western European and Others Group at the United Nations headquarters and is excluded from discussions and consultations of the Group at the United

Nations offices in Geneva, Nairobi, Rome, and Vienna; Whereas the Western European and Others Group includes

Canada, Australia, and the United States;

Whereas Israel is linked to Western European and Others

Group member states by strong economic, political, and cultural ties;

Whereas the Western European and Others Group is the only

bloc which is not purely geographical but is rather composed solely of countries which share a Western democratic tradition; and

Whereas Israel is a free and democratic country and its vot

ing pattern in the United Nations is consistent with that of the Western European and Others Group member states: Now, therefore, be it

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Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Rep

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(1) the President should direct the Secretary of

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State and the United States Permanent Representa

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tive to the United Nations to seek an immediate end

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to the persistent and deplorable inequality experienced by Israel in the United Nations;

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(2) United States interests would be well served

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if Israel were afforded the benefits of full member

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