13 October 1998


Press Release
GA/SPD/137



TEN DECOLONIZATION TEXTS APPROVED IN FOURTH COMMITTEE

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The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) approved eight draft resolutions and two draft decisions this afternoon, as it met to take action on decolonization issues. It also deferred action on a draft text relating to the Non-Self-Governing Territory of Guam.

By a recorded vote of 120 in favour to 2 against, with 3 abstentions, the Committee approved a resolution on economic and other activities that affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories. (For details of the vote, see Annex III.)

In a separate recorded vote, a proposal to delete an operative paragraph of the text, which concerns the "damaging exploitation and plundering" of the marine and other natural resources of the Non-Self-Governing Territories, was defeated by 3 votes in favour to 60 against, with 42 abstentions (Annex II).

Under other terms of the text, the General Assembly would reaffirm the responsibility of the administering Powers under the Charter to promote the political, economic, social and educational advancement of Non-Self-Governing Territories, as well as the rights of their peoples over their natural resources.

The Committee also approved, by a recorded vote of 74 in favour to 44 against, with 2 abstentions, a draft decision on military activities and arrangements by colonial Powers in Territories under their administration. By that text, the General Assembly would deplore the continued alienation of land in colonial and Non-Self-Governing Territories, particularly in the small island Territories of the Pacific and Caribbean regions, for military purposes (Annex IV).

Aware of the presence of such bases and installations in those Territories, the Assembly would urge the administering Powers concerned to continue to take all necessary measures not to involve those Territories in offensive acts or interference against other States.

By the terms of a draft resolution on information from Non-Self-Governing Territories, approved by a recorded vote of 116 in favour to none against, with 5 abstentions, the Assembly would request the administering Powers concerned to


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transmit to the Secretary-General the information prescribed in Article 73 e of the Charter, as well as the fullest possible information on political and constitutional developments in the Territories concerned (Annex I).

A draft resolution on the implementation of the Declaration on decolonization by specialized agencies of the United Nations was approved by a recorded vote of 85 in favour to none against, with 41 abstentions (Annex V).

Acting without a vote, the Committee approved an omnibus resolution relating to the Non-Self-Governing Territories of American Samoa, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States Virgin Islands.

Also approved without a vote was a draft decision on Gibraltar, as well as draft resolutions on Western Sahara, New Caledonia, Tokelau and offers by Member States of study and training facilities to the peoples of the Non-Self- Governing Territories.

The Committee Secretary said that implementation of the Committee's recommendations would not give rise to additional costs or programmatic changes.

The Fourth Committee will meet again at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, 14 October, to begin consideration of the effects of atomic radiation.


Committee Work Programme

The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) met this afternoon to take action on a series of draft resolutions and one draft decision relating to decolonization issues.

By the terms of a draft decision, submitted by the Committee Chairman, on Gibraltar (document A/C.4/53/L.2), the General Assembly would urge the Governments of Spain and the United Kingdom to continue their negotiations with the object of reaching a definitive solution to the problem of Gibraltar in the light of relevant Assembly resolutions and in the spirit of the United Nations Charter. The Assembly would also take note of the fact that, as part of that negotiating process, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of those two countries had held annual meetings alternately in each capital, the most recent of which took place in London on 10 December 1997.

By a 12-Power draft resolution on offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories (document A/C.4/53/L.3), the General Assembly would express its appreciation to those Member States that had made scholarships available to the inhabitants of those Territories. It would also invite all States to make or continue to make generous offers of study and training facilities to the inhabitants of those Territories that had not yet attained self-government or independence and, wherever possible, to provide travel funds to prospective students.

Also by that text, the Assembly would urge the administering Powers to take effective measures to ensure the widespread and continuous dissemination in the Territories under their administration of information relating to offers of study and training facilities made by States and to provide all the necessary facilities to enable students to avail themselves of such offers.

By other terms of the draft, the General Assembly would request the Secretary-General to report to its fifty-fourth session on the implementation of the present resolution.

The draft resolution was sponsored by Algeria, Argentina, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Singapore, Thailand and the United Republic of Tanzania.

By a draft resolution submitted by the Chairman on the question of Western Sahara (document A/C.4/53/L.4), the General Assembly would take note with satisfaction of the progress achieved in connection with the implementation of the settlement plan and, in this respect, would call upon the two parties to cooperate fully with the Secretary-General, his Personal Envoy, James A. Baker III, and his Special Representative, Charles Dunbar, in implementing the various phases of the plan.


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The Assembly would again take note with satisfaction of the agreements reached between Morocco and the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguia el-Hamra y de Río de Oro (POLISARIO) for the implementation of the settlement plan during their private direct talks, under the auspices of the Secretary- General's Personal Envoy, and would urge the parties to implement those agreements fully and in good faith.

It would also urge the two parties to continue their cooperation with the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy, as well as with his Special Representative, and to refrain from undertaking anything that would undermine the implementation of the settlement plan and the agreements reached for its implementation.

Moreover, the Assembly would reiterate its support for further efforts of the Secretary-General for the organization and supervision of the United Nations, in cooperation with the Organization of African Unity (OAU), of a referendum for self-determination of the people of Western Sahara that was impartial and free of all countries, in conformity with Security Council resolutions 658 (1990) and 690 (1991), by which the Council approved the settlement plan for Western Sahara.

Also this afternoon, the Committee was expected to take action on drafts relating to information from Non-Self-Governing Territories, foreign economic and other activities, military activities and arrangements, New Caledonia, Guam and Tokelau, as well as on an omnibus text on the 10 Non-Self-Governing Territories of American Samoa, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands and United States Virgin Islands. (For background on those texts, all of which are contained in the report of the Special Committee on decolonization (document A/53/23), see Press Release GA/SPD/133 issued on 5 October.)

Action on Decolonization Texts

PABLO MACEDO (Mexico), Committee Chairman, drew the Committee's attention to document A/C.4/53/L.5, which contained a list of the draft texts before it.

The Committee first took up the draft resolution relating to information from Non-Self-Governing Territories.

The representative of the United States, speaking in explanation of vote before the vote, said his country would continue to abstain, as it had for the past seven years, because the draft resolution in question had the General Assembly determining when the peoples of a Territory should become independent. The United States believed the ultimate decision on the matter in Article 73 e of the Charter rested with the administering Power.


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The Committee then approved the draft by a vote of 116 in favour to none against, with 5 abstentions (France, Israel, Monaco, United Kingdom, United States). (See Annex I.)

The representative of the United Kingdom, speaking in explanation of vote after the vote, said that her delegation had abstained as in previous years. The United Kingdom did not take issue with the main objective of the resolution, which was to seek compliance with Article 73 e of the United Nations Charter. The United Kingdom would continue to meet its obligations fully in that regard, in respect of the United Kingdom's overseas Territories.

She said her delegation did not agree with the statement, contained in operative paragraph 2 of the text, that it was for the General Assembly to decide when a Non-Self-Governing Territory had reached a level of self- government sufficient to relieve the administering Power of the obligation to submit information under Article 73 e. The United Kingdom maintained that such decisions must be left to the government of the Territory and the administering Power concerned, she added.

The Committee then turned to the draft resolution on economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories.

The representative of the United States said if operative paragraph 7 of the draft was not deleted or changed, it would serve no purpose not already spelled out in the operative fourth and fifth paragraphs. The rhetorical language in that paragraph harkened back to the old days and was written in a presumptive way because it implied that such problems were endemic to the Non- Self-Governing Territories. Moreover, the preservation of marine life and the environment had always been a priority of the United States.

The representative of Syria said his delegation did not agree with the United States delegation. Economic activities were among the most serious aspects of colonialism. Syria would vote in favour of paragraph 7 of the resolution.

The representative of the United States then asked the Committee to consider holding a separate vote on whether to eliminate or retain paragraph 7.

By a vote of 3 in favour (Israel, United Kingdom, United States) to 60 against, with 42 abstentions, the Committee voted to retain the paragraph. (Annex II)

The Committee then approved the resolution by a vote of 120 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 3 abstentions (France, Monaco, United Kingdom). (Annex III)


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The Committee then took up the draft decision on military activities and arrangements by colonial Powers in Territories under their administration.

The representative of the United States, speaking in explanation of position before the vote, strongly disagreed with the notion that a mere military presence somehow impeded the right to self-determination. The right of self-determination was explained in the Charter, and each case should be considered on its own merit. It had never been determined that the military presence in Guam had hindered self-determination for the Territory's peoples.

The Committee then approved the draft decision by a recorded vote of 74 in favour to 44 against, with 2 abstentions (Belarus, Russian Federation). (Annex IV)

The representative of Austria, speaking in explanation of position after the vote on behalf of the European Union, said that, while the European Union welcomed the consensus achieved last year in the adoption of the omnibus resolution, the text on military activities did not cover issues assigned to the Fourth Committee.

The Committee then took up the draft relating to the implementation of the decolonization Declaration by the specialized agencies and other international organizations associated with the United Nations.

Explaining his delegation's vote before the vote, the representative of the United States said the resolution was unnecessary and inappropriate. Specialized agencies did not need special guidance or a resolution to continue the work they had already been doing.

The Committee approved that text by a recorded vote of 85 in favour to none against, with 41 abstentions. (Annex V)

Speaking in explanation of position after the vote, the representative of Austria, speaking on behalf of the European Union, said the Union once again supported the humanitarian, technical and educational work of the specialized agencies in the Non-Self-Governing Territories. At the same time, the statutes of the specialized agencies must be respected.

The Committee then turned to the draft resolution on offers of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories and approved the text without a vote.

The Committee then turned to the draft decision on Gibraltar, which it approved without a vote.

Turning next to the draft resolution on Western Sahara, the Committee approved the text without a vote.


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The representative of Morocco welcomed the consensus arrived at on the issue of Western Sahara. However, since the issue was being considered in the Security Council, it was no longer within the purview of the Fourth Committee to deal with it. While Morocco feared that bad faith on the part of the other party would continue, Morocco did not despair of seeing the peoples' hopes fulfilled by a complete referendum in the best possible time frame, despite the apparent obstacles.

The representative of Antigua and Barbuda said his Government was not at all satisfied that there had been any significant thrust or meaningful progress on the issue of Western Sahara. Western Sahara was a matter of decolonization, unlike the other matters of self-determination taken up in the Committee, and it was time the Saharawi people moved forward towards their manifest destiny.

The representative of Senegal said that the Western Sahara issue was among the most difficult items on the agenda. The Maghreb played a major role in Africa. Morocco had demonstrated yesterday that dealing with such a vital question demanded prudence and wisdom on the part of Committee members, if the implementation of the referendum, which seemed to have lost impetus from time to time, was to be put back on the rails. It was solely up to the parties to conclude the referendum successfully.

Commenting before the vote on New Caledonia, the representative of France said his country had taken into account the identity of the Kanak people, and the forthcoming establishment of political and social institutions and shared government in that Territory. The framework of the Noumea Accord provided that New Caledonia would exercise a new confidence in its international affairs in a process that would be completed at the end of a 15- to 20-year period. Moreover, contacts with the National Socialist Front for the Liberation of the Kanak Peoples (FLNKS) made possible a consensus on the draft resolution which, France hoped, had the support of the Fourth Committee.

Acting without a vote, the Committee then approved the text on New Caledonia.

The representative of Papua New Guinea said France had illustrated a fine example of how an administering Power could pursue and reach a consensus. By the same token, Papua New Guinea was aware that the Noumea Accords stressed a 15- to 20-year period and would watch the situation vigilantly as the International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism came to an end in the year 2000.

The representative of Syria proposed four oral amendments to sections of the omnibus draft relating to Bermuda, Montserrat, St. Helena, and the Turks and Caicos Island.


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The representative of the United States said the omnibus resolution was no longer an omnibus because the key element of Guam was missing. A previous consensus text was a product of efforts in good faith on the part of all the parties concerned and had taken years to produce. Unfortunately, there was now a stand-alone resolution that looked to roll back the two years of consensus and years of work on that issue. The Special Committee on decolonization's tabling of the issue without taking into account the concerns of the administering Power had set a new precedent. The special language had been reversed and lacked balance and equality. Why should Guam be treated differently from any other American Territories? he asked.

The United States sought deferment on the issue of Guam so that the language could be made acceptable to all parties concerned, he said. Then the United States could accept and support the omnibus draft when it went before the General Assembly. However, if the language could not be worked out to support a consensus, the United States might not be able to support the draft on the Assembly floor.

The representative of Morocco said that in order to avoid any disagreeable surprises, and in the interest of the omnibus resolution, it may be better to defer both items -- Guam and the omnibus drafts -- until consensus could be reached. It would be better for the Committee to go before the General Assembly with a definitive and clear position on the basis of full consultation.

The Committee CHAIRMAN said the questions of Guam and the omnibus draft were linked. However, there was a prior agreement arrived at by United States representatives and the Special Committee of 24 that the omnibus draft would be adopted without a vote. To accept the Moroccan proposal, no matter how logical it might seem, might break that agreement. Therefore, Guam should be deferred while the Committee continued its work on the omnibus draft.

The representative of Morocco thanked the Committee Chairman for the clarification, but said his concern was that if the Committee did not reach a resolution on Guam, the United States may ask for a vote on the omnibus resolution. Morocco was ready to go ahead, but would not be comfortable if the vote were changed in the General Assembly.

The Committee CHAIRMAN said there had been a basis for agreement to vote on the omnibus draft, and that the Committee should move ahead.

The representative of Cuba agreed with the Chairman and said they should move ahead with the consensus on the omnibus draft decision.

The representative of the United States said it may seem counter-intuitive to speak of United States agreements with the Special Committee, but he wanted to emphasize the lengths the United States had gone to reach a compromise on Guam, as well as the omnibus draft and all decolonization issues.


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Acting without a vote, the Committee then approved the omnibus text, as orally amended.

It then approved the text on Tokelau, without a vote.

The representative of Papua New Guinea reminded the Committee that Tokelau had once been a part of the omnibus resolution, and the fact that it had been taken off the draft had not prevented consensus.

The CHAIRMAN then said that in light of the statement by the representative of the United States, the Committee wished to defer the draft on Guam.

(annexes follow)


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ANNEX I

Vote on Draft on Information

The draft resolution on information on Non-Self-Governing Territories provided by administering Powers (document A/53/23 Part IV, chap. 8, para. 7) was approved by a recorded vote of 116 in favour to none against, with 5 abstentions:

In favour: Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: None.

Abstain: France, Israel, Monaco, United Kingdom, United States.

Absent: Afghanistan, Albania, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palau, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yugoslavia.

(annex II follows)


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ANNEX II

Vote on Deleting Operative Paragraph 7

The proposal to delete operative paragraph 7 of the draft resolution on economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories (A/53/23, Part III, chap. 5, para. 8) was defeated by a recorded vote of 3 in favour to 60 against, with 42 abstentions:

In favour: Israel, United Kingdom, United States.

Against: Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Fiji, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Abstain: Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Benin, Canada, Cape Verde, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine.

Absent: Afghanistan, Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Federated States of Micronesia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Palau, Republic of the Congo, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yugoslavia.

(annex III follows)


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ANNEX III

Vote on Economic and Other Activities

The draft resolution on economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories (A/53/23, Part III, chap. 5, para. 8) was approved, as a whole, by a recorded vote of 120 in favour to 2 against, with 3 abstentions:

In favour: Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austrialia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: France, Monaco, United Kingdom.

Absent: Afghanistan, Albania, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palua, Republic of the Congo, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yugoslavia.

(annex IV follows)


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ANNEX IV

Vote on Military Activities

The draft decision on military activities and arrangements by colonial Powers in Territories under their administration (document A/53/23, Part III, chap. 6, para. 7) was approved by a recorded vote of 74 in favour to 44 against, with 2 abstentions:

In favour: Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte D'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Canada, Cape Verde, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

Abstain: Belarus, Russian Federation.

Absent: Afghanistan, Albania, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Domican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palau, Republic of the Congo, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yugoslavia.

(annex V follows)


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ANNEX V

Vote on Implementation by Specialized Agencies

The draft resolution on implementation of the Declaration on decolonization by the specialized agencies (document A/53/23, Part IV, chap. 7, para. 11) was approved by a recorded vote of 85 in favour to none against, with 41 abstentions:

In Favour: Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte D'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: None.

Abstain: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

Absent: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic of Chad, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nigeria, Palau, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yugoslavia.

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