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A/51/250


General Assembly

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18 September 1996

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                                                        A/51/250
                                                              

General Assembly
Fifty-first session


        ORGANIZATION OF THE FIFTY-FIRST REGULAR SESSION OF THE GENERAL
           ASSEMBLY, ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND ALLOCATION OF ITEMS

                     First report of the General Committee


                                   CONTENTS

                                                           Paragraphs   Page

 I.   INTRODUCTION .......................................... 1 - 3       2

II.   ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION ........................... 4 - 34      2

III.  OBSERVATIONS AND PROPOSALS ON THE ORGANIZATION OF 
      FUTURE SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ...............35 - 36     10

IV.   ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA ................................37 - 43     11

 V.   ALLOCATION OF ITEMS ...................................44 - 46     25


                               I.  INTRODUCTION


1.   At its first meeting, on 18 September 1996, the General Committee
considered a memorandum by the Secretary-General relating to the
organization of the fifty-first regular session and future sessions of
the General Assembly, the adoption of the agenda and the allocation of
items (A/BUR/51/1).  A summary of the discussion will appear in the
summary records of the meetings (A/BUR/51/SR.1).

2.   At the suggestion of the Secretary-General in paragraph 3 of his
memorandum (A/BUR/51/1), the General Committee draws the attention of
the General Assembly to the provisions reproduced in annexes V, VI,
VII and VIII of its rules of procedure.

3.   The General Committee took note of General Assembly resolution
48/264 of 29 July 1994, entitled "Revitalization of the work of the
General Assembly", and to annex I thereto, entitled "Guidelines on the
rationalization of the agenda of the General Assembly".  The Committee
also took note of annex I of General Assembly resolution 50/227 of 24
May 1996, entitled "Further measures for the restructuring and
revitalization of the United Nations in the economic, social and
related fields".  The provisions of the resolutions are reflected in
the present document under the relevant headings.


                       II.  ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION

                             A.  General Committee

4.   The General Committee took note of the General Assembly decisions
relevant to its work that were brought to the Committee's attention by
the Secretary-General in paragraph 5 of his memorandum (A/BUR/51/1).


                          B.  Rationalization of work

5.   The General Committee took note (ibid., paras. 6 and 7) of the
measures undertaken by the Secretary-General in pursuance of the goal
of renewal and reform, in particular to recommendations 2, 3 and 7 of
the Group of High-level Intergovernmental Experts to Review the
Efficiency of the Administrative and Financial Functioning of the
United Nations  1/ as reflected in his progress reports on the
implementation of General Assembly resolution 41/213 (A/42/234,
A/43/286, A/44/222) as well as a supplementary report submitted to the
forty-fifth session of the Assembly (A/45/226).  The Committee also
took note of Assembly resolution 46/232 of 2 March 1992 on the
revitalization of the United Nations Secretariat, resolutions 46/235
of 13 April 1992, 48/162 of 20 December 1993 and 50/227 on the
restructuring and revitalization of the United Nations in the
economic, social and related fields and resolution 48/264 and annex I
thereto on the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly.

6.   At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/51/1, para. 8),
the General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to
paragraph 5 of the annex to resolution 45/45 (A/520/Rev.15 and
Amend.1, annex VIII), which reads as follows:

         "5.       The General Committee should consider, at the
     beginning of each session of the General Assembly, recommending
     that certain Main Committees should meet in sequential order,
     taking into account such matters as the number of meetings
     required for the consideration of the questions with which they
     are charged at that session, the organization of the work of the
     whole session and the problem of participation of small
     delegations."

The Committee also draws the Assembly's attention to paragraph 23 of
annex I of resolution 50/227, which reads as follows:

         "23.  To the extent feasible, the discussions in the Second
     and Third Committees should not commence until after the end of
     the general debate in the plenary meetings of the General
     Assembly."

7.   The General Committee took note of the fact that measures
introduced to reduce costs relating to overtime will be strictly
enforced.


                        C.  Closing date of the session

8.   In accordance with the provisions of rule 2 of the rules of
procedure, the General Committee recommends to the General Assembly
that the fifty-first session should recess not later than Tuesday, 17
December 1996 and close on Monday, 15 September 1997.  The Committee
also recommends to the Assembly that all the Main Committees should
start their work as soon as possible and make every effort to complete
their work by Friday, 29 November 1996.


                           D.  Schedule of meetings

9.   At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid., para. 11), the
General Committee recommends to the General Assembly that morning
meetings should start at 10 a.m. promptly for all plenary meetings and
meetings of the Main Committees during the fifty-first session.  The
Committee also recommends to the Assembly that, as a cost-saving
measure, every effort should be made to ensure that plenary meetings
and meetings of the Main Committees adjourn by 6 p.m., and that no
meetings be held on weekends.  The Committee also recommends to the
General Assembly that this cost-saving measure should also apply, for
the remainder of 1996, to meetings on the calendar of conferences and
meetings.

10.  Also at the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid., para. 12),
the General Committee recommends that, in order to avoid the late
start of meetings, the General Assembly should waive the requirement
of the presence of at least one third of the members to declare a
plenary meeting open and permit the debate to proceed and one quarter
of the members to declare a meeting of a Main Committee open and
permit the debate to proceed.  This recommendation is made on the
understanding that such a waiver would not imply any permanent change
in the provisions of rules 67 and 108 of the rules of procedure and
that the requirement of the presence of a majority of the members for
any decision to be taken would be maintained.

11.  In this connection, the General Committee also recommends to the
General Assembly that delegations should be reminded of the utmost
importance of punctuality in the interest of ensuring an effective and
orderly organization of work and achieving economies for the United
Nations.


                              E.  General debate

12.  At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid., paras. 14
and 15), the General Committee recommends that:

     (a) The general debate should begin on Monday, 23 September and
end on Friday, 11 October 1996.

     (b) The list of speakers in the general debate should be closed
on Wednesday, 25 September, at 6 p.m.

13.  On the proposal of the Secretary-General (ibid., para. 16), the
General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to the
decision taken by the Assembly at previous sessions, namely, that the
practice of expressing congratulations inside the General Assembly
Hall after a speech has been delivered is prohibited.  In this
connection, the Committee recommends to the Assembly that speakers in
the general debate, after delivering their statements, should leave
the Assembly Hall through room GA-200 located behind the podium before
returning to their seats.


             F.  Explanations of vote, right of reply, points of order
                 and length of statements

14.  At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid., para. 17), the
General Committee draws the attention of the General Assembly to
paragraphs 6, 7 and 8 of its decision 34/401 (A/520/Rev.15, annex VI),
which read as follows:

         "6.       Explanations of vote should be limited to ten minutes.

         "7.       When the same draft resolution is considered in a
     Main Committee and in plenary meeting, a delegation should, as far
     as possible, explain its vote only once, i.e., either in the
     Committee or in plenary meeting, unless that delegation's vote in
     plenary meeting is different from its vote in the Committee.

         "8.       Delegations should exercise their right of reply at
     the end of the day whenever two meetings have been scheduled for
     that day and whenever such meetings are devoted to the
     consideration of the same item."

15.  At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/51/1, para. 18),
the General Committee, in line with time limits for explanations of
vote and right of reply, recommends to the General Assembly that
points of order should be limited to five minutes.

16.  Furthermore, in connection with the length of statements, with a
view to streamlining the procedures of the General Assembly and as a
cost-saving measure, the General Committee draws the attention of the
Assembly, as it did at recent sessions, to rules 72 and 114 of the
rules of procedure and paragraph 22 of annex VI thereto for
appropriate action in plenary meeting and the Main Committees.


                            G.  Records of meetings

17.  As at past sessions (ibid., para. 20), verbatim records will
continue to be provided, during the fifty-first session, for the
plenary meetings of the General Assembly and meetings of the First
Committee and summary records will be provided to the General
Committee and the Main Committees of the Assembly.  In accordance with
the recommendation of the Special Committee on the Rationalization of
the Procedures and Organization of the General Assembly (A/520/Rev.15,
annex V, para. 108 (b)), the General Committee recommends that the
Assembly should maintain for the fifty-first session the practice
whereby the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth
Committee) may obtain, on specific request, transcriptions of the
debates of some of its meetings, or portions thereof.  These
transcriptions, which would not be part of the official records of the
Committee, would be provided as the required services became
available.  Furthermore, the General Committee draws the Assembly's
attention to paragraphs 8 and 9 of its resolution 38/32 E of
25 November 1983, which read as follows:

         "8.       Decides that the practice of reproducing statements
     in extenso as separate documents shall be discontinued for all its
     subsidiary organs that are entitled to summary records;

         "9.       Decides further that any exceptions to this rule may
     be made by the body concerned only if the statements are to serve
     as bases for discussion and if, after hearing a statement of the
     relevant financial implications, the body decides that one or more
     statements in extenso may be included in the summary record, or
     reproduced as separate documents or as annexes to authorized
     documents."

In this connection, the General Committee also recommends to the
Assembly that the practice not to reproduce in extenso statements made
in a Main Committee should be maintained for the fifty-first session.


                           H.  Concluding statements

18.  At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/51/1, para. 22),
the General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to
paragraph 17 of its decision 34/401 (A/520/Rev.15, annex VI), which
reads as follows:

         "17.  To save time at the end of the session, the practice of
     making concluding statements in the General Assembly and its Main
     Committees should be dispensed with except for statements by the
     presiding officers."


                                I.  Resolutions

19.  At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/51/1, para. 23),
the General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to
paragraph 32 of its decision 34/401, which reads as follows:

         "32.  Whenever possible, resolutions requesting the
     discussion of a question at a subsequent session should not call
     for the inclusion of a separate new item and such discussion
     should be held under the item under which the resolution was
     adopted."

20.  Furthermore, at the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid.,
para. 24), the General Committee draws the General Assembly's
attention to recommendation 3 (f) of the Group of High-level
Intergovernmental Experts, which reads as follows:

         "(f)  Efforts should be made to reduce the number of
     resolutions adopted by the General Assembly.  Resolutions should
     request reports of the Secretary-General only in cases where that
     would be indispensable for facilitating the implementation of
     these resolutions or the continued examination of the question."

21.  In this connection, the General Committee draws the attention of
the General Assembly to paragraph 5 of its resolution 48/264, which
reads as follows:

         "5.  Encourages Member States to exercise restraint in making
     proposals requesting new reports of the Secretary-General, bearing
     in mind the desirability of reducing the number of such reports."

22.  The General Committee also draws the attention of the General
Assembly to paragraph 24 of annex I of resolution 50/227, which reads
as follows:

         "24.  For issues of a procedural nature, decisions, instead
     of resolutions, should be used to the maximum extent possible. 
     Resolutions should be shorter, in particular as regards preambular
     parts.  The bureaux, in reviewing the respective agendas, could
     identify and recommend those individual items or clusters of
     related items that could be effectively considered in omnibus
     resolutions."

23.  The General Committee also draws the attention of the General
Assembly to paragraphs 1 and 10 of the annex to resolution 45/45
(A/520/Rev.15/Amend.1, annex VIII).


                               J.  Documentation

24.  On the proposal of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/51/1, para. 28),
the General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to
paragraph 28 of its decision 34/401, which reads as follows:

         "28.  The General Assembly, including its Main Committees,
     should merely take note of those reports of the Secretary-General
     or subsidiary organs which do not require a decision by the
     Assembly and should neither debate nor adopt resolutions on them,
     unless specifically requested to do so by the Secretary-General or
     the organ concerned."

25.  The General Committee also draws the attention of the General
Assembly to paragraph 6 of its resolution 48/264, which reads as
follows:

         "6.  Emphasizes that reports requested of the Secretary-
     General should be made available in all official languages in a
     timely manner in accordance with the rules of procedure of the
     General Assembly and the annexes thereto with a view to enabling
     delegations to consider the substance of such reports more
     thoroughly in advance of meetings."

The Committee also draws the attention of the Assembly to paragraph 4
of resolution 50/206 C, in which the Assembly once again requested the
Secretary-General "to ensure that documentation is available in
accordance with the six-week rule for the distribution of documents,
simultaneously in each of the six official languages of the United
Nations".

26.  The General Committee took note of the fact that, despite the
provisions adopted by the General Assembly to control and limit
documentation, the volume of pre-session documentation has
consistently increased in recent years, without any strengthening of
resources, thus contributing to serious delays in the issuance of
documentation (ibid., para. 30).


                 K.  Questions related to the programme budget

27.  At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid., paras. 31 and
32), who referred to rule 153 of the rules of procedure, the General
Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to paragraphs 12 and
13 of its decision 34/401, which read as follows:

         "12.  It is imperative that Main Committees should allow
     sufficient time for the preparation of the estimate of
     expenditures by the Secretariat and for its consideration by the
     Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions and
     the Fifth Committee and that they should take this requirement
     into account when they adopt their programme of work;

         "13.  Furthermore:

         "(a)  A mandatory deadline, not later than 1 December, should
     be established for the submission to the Fifth Committee of all
     draft resolutions with financial implications;

         "(b)  The Fifth Committee should, as a general practice,
     consider accepting without debate the recommendations of the
     Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions on
     the financial implications of draft resolutions up to a prescribed
     limit, namely, $25,000 on any one item;

         "(c)  Firm deadlines should be set for the early submission
     of the reports of subsidiary organs which require consideration by
     the Fifth Committee;

         "(d)  A minimum period of forty-eight hours should be allowed
     between the submission and the voting of a proposal involving
     expenditure in order to allow the Secretary-General to prepare and
     present the related statement of administrative and financial
     implications."

The General Committee also draws the attention of the Assembly to
paragraph 6 of its resolution 35/10 A of 3 November 1980, which reads
as follows:

         "6.  Decides that all proposals affecting the schedule of
     conferences and meetings made at sessions of the General Assembly
     shall be reviewed by the Committee on Conferences when
     administrative implications are being considered under the
     requirements of rule 153 of the rules of procedure of the
     Assembly."

28.  Also at the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid., para. 31),
the General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to
regulation 4.9 of the Regulations Governing Programme Planning, the
Programme Aspects of the Budget, the Monitoring of Implementation and
the Methods of Evaluation (resolution 37/234, annex), which reads as
follows:

     "Regulation 4.9.  No Council, Commission or other competent body
     shall take a decision involving either a change in the programme
     budget approved by the General Assembly or the possible
     requirement of expenditure unless it has received and taken
     account of a report from the Secretary-General on the programme
     budget implications of the proposal."

29.  In connection with subparagraph 13 (d) of decision 34/401 quoted
above, the General Committee wishes to draw the attention of the
General Assembly to the observations of the Secretary-General
(A/BUR/51/1, paras. 33 and 34), regarding the fact that, depending on
the type and complexity of proposals involving changes in the work
programme and additional expenditures, the preparation of a statement
of programme budget implications by the Secretary-General may take a
few days.  In addition, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Questions and the Fifth Committee need adequate time to
review the programme budget implications of a draft resolution before
the latter can be acted on by the Assembly.  The Secretary-General
thus considers it desirable that Member States submit proposals
involving statements of programme budget implications sufficiently in
advance to avoid the cancellation of meetings and the postponement of
consideration of items.


                  L.  Observances and commemorative meetings

30.  At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid., para. 35), the
General Committee recommends to the General Assembly that, allowing
for the necessary flexibility and with the exception of the
anniversary of the United Nations, the Assembly should adopt the
following format for commemorative meetings:  statements by the
President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General,
statements by the chairmen of the five regional groups and by the
representative of the host country.  The Committee also recommends
that consideration be given to limiting each statement to 15 minutes.

31.  The General Committee further recommends, at the suggestion of the
Secretary-General (ibid., para. 36), that observances and
commemorative meetings should take place, as far as possible,
immediately following the general debate.  The advantage of such a
procedure is that it may facilitate the participation of dignitaries
attending the general debate.  This procedure would also allow advance
planning of the work of the General Assembly.


                            M.  Special conferences

32.  At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid., para. 37), the
General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to
recommendation 6 of the Committee on Conferences, adopted by the
Assembly in paragraph (b) of its decision 34/405, which reads as
follows:

         "(b)  The Committee, taking into account difficulties
     encountered in ensuring adequate preparation of meetings,
     including timely distribution of documentation, as well as the
     ability of Member States to participate fully, recommends that the
     General Assembly should instruct the Main Committees to review the
     number of special conferences of the United Nations already
     proposed and scheduled in their respective fields of activity
     prior to deciding upon the scheduling of new and additional
     special conferences, thus bearing in mind the relevant portions of
     General Assembly resolution 33/55."

The General Committee also draws the Assembly's attention to
recommendation 2 (d) of the Group of High-level Intergovernmental
Experts, which reads as follows:

         "Until 1978, a number of resolutions had requested that only
     one major conference be scheduled annually.  The decision of the
     General Assembly that no more than five special conferences should
     take place in a given year and that no more than one special
     conference should be convened at the same time should be strictly
     implemented."

33.  Furthermore, at the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid.,
para. 38), the General Committee draws the General Assembly's
attention to the relevant provisions of recommendation 4 of the Group
of High-level Intergovernmental Experts which reads as follows:

         "The existing principle that United Nations bodies should
     meet at their respective established headquarters, as provided for
     in General Assembly resolution 40/243 of 18 December 1985, should
     be strictly enforced.  Whenever the Assembly accepts an invitation
     from the Government of a Member State to hold a conference or
     meeting away from established headquarters, the additional cost
     should be borne in full by that Government.  The methods of
     budgeting these costs should be improved so as to ensure that all
     additional costs are accounted for."


                       N.  Meetings of subsidiary organs

34.  The General Committee, in the light of recommendations submitted
by the Committee on Conferences (A/51/337), recommends to the General
Assembly, on the strict understanding that meetings would have to be
accommodated within available facilities and services, that the
following subsidiary organs should be authorized to meet during the
main part of the fifty-first session:

     (a) Committee on Conferences;

     (b) Committee on Relations with the Host Country;

     (c) Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the
Palestinian People;

     (d) Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund;

     (e) Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations;

     (f) Working Group on the Financing of the United Nations Relief
and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.


            III.  OBSERVATIONS AND PROPOSALS ON THE ORGANIZATION OF
                  FUTURE SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

35.  The General Committee took note of the views of the Secretary-
General (A/BUR/51/1, paras. 40 and 41).  The agenda of the General
Assembly reflects the concern of Member States with a myriad of issues
spanning political, economic, social and financial fields.  The
growing complexity of many global issues and their increasingly
interdisciplinary nature pose a challenge to the Organization's
ability to respond swiftly.  The Assembly is faced with many items
that require timely and purposeful consideration, often under
stringent deadlines.  It is therefore imperative that it continue to
improve its operating procedures so as to organize its work
effectively and make optimum use of the time available.

36.  At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (ibid., para. 42), the
General Committee recommends to the General Assembly that it consider
whether the rationalization of its meetings between January and August
is possible to allow advance planning for delegations and the
Secretariat.  During the past few years, the Assembly met frequently
between January and August.  Most recently, during its fiftieth
session, the Assembly held 28 meetings between February and September
1996, which was over a quarter of the total of 100 plenary meetings
that the Assembly held from September to December 1995.  Those
meetings were not envisaged in the calendar of meetings and therefore
ad hoc arrangements had to be made to continue to provide adequate
secretariat services at the expense of other requirements.


                          IV.  ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

37.  The General Committee considered the draft agenda of the fifty-
first session submitted by the Secretary-General in his memorandum
(A/BUR/51/1).  All the items contained in the draft agenda formed part
of the following documents:

     (a) Provisional agenda of the fifty-first session (A/51/150);

     (b) Supplementary list (A/51/200).

38.  The General Committee took note of paragraphs 4 and 5 (a) and (c)
of annex I to resolution 48/264, which read as follows:

     "4. There shall be periodic reviews of the agenda, taking into
     account the views of concerned Member States, in order to
     ascertain whether it is possible to delete any item on which no
     resolution or decision has been adopted for a period of time.

     "5. The Main Committees should be encouraged to continue with the
     review of their respective agendas, taking into account,
     inter alia, the following:

         "(a)  Agenda items concerning issues of closely related
     substance could be merged within a single agenda title or be
     incorporated as sub-items where this is possible without loss of
     focus on the items/sub-items concerned;

         "...

         "(c)  Biennialization and triennialization of items on the
     agenda of the Main Committees could be considered in accordance
     with the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly."

In addition, bearing in mind the extremely heavy workload of the
General Assembly and the need to make the most effective use of scarce
resources, the General Committee took note of the suggestion by the
Secretary-General to consider deferring to a later session items for
which decisions or action are not required at the main part of the
present session.

39.  With regard to item 92 of the draft agenda (Question of the
Malagasy islands of Glorieuses, Juan de Nova, Europa and
Bassas da India), the General Committee decided to recommend that the
consideration of the item should be deferred to the fifty-second
session and that the item should be included in the provisional agenda
of that session.

40.  In connection with item 93 of the draft agenda (Question of East
Timor), the General Committee decided to recommend that the
consideration of the item should be deferred to the fifty-second
session and that the item should be included in the provisional agenda
of that session.

41.  With regard to item 159 of the draft agenda (Consideration of the
exceptional situation of the inability, resulting from General
Assembly resolution 2758 (XXVI), of the 21.3 million people on Taiwan,
Republic of China, to participate in the activities of the United
Nations), the General Committee decided not to recommend its
inclusion.

42.  In connection with item 163 of the draft agenda (Advisory opinion
of the International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or
use of nuclear weapons), the General Committee decided to recommend
its inclusion as a sub-item of item 71 of the draft agenda (General
and complete disarmament).

43.  Taking into account paragraphs 37 to 42 above, the General
Committee recommends to the General Assembly the adoption of the
following agenda.  2/

      1. Opening of the session by the Chairman of the delegation of
         Portugal (P.1).

      2. Minute of silent prayer or meditation (P.2).

      3. Credentials of representatives to the fifty-first session of
         the General Assembly (P.3):

         (a)   Appointment of the members of the Credentials Committee;

         (b)   Report of the Credentials Committee.

      4. Election of the President of the General Assembly (P.4).

      5. Election of the officers of the Main Committees (P.5).

      6. Election of the Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly
(P.6).

      7. Notification by the Secretary-General under Article 12,
         paragraph 2, of the Charter of the United Nations (P.7).

      8. Adoption of the agenda and organization of work:  reports of
         the General Committee (P.8).

      9. General debate (P.9).

     10. Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the
         Organization (P.10).

     11. Report of the Security Council (P.11).

     12. Report of the Economic and Social Council (P.12).

     13. Report of the International Court of Justice (P.13).

     14. Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (P.14).

     15. Elections to fill vacancies in principal organs (P.15):

         (a)   Election of five non-permanent members of the Security
               Council;

         (b)   Election of eighteen members of the Economic and Social
               Council;

         (c)   Election of five members of the International Court of
               Justice.

     16. Appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations
         (P.16).

     17. Elections to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other
         elections (P.17):

         (a)   Election of the members of the International Law
               Commission;

         (b)   Election of twenty members of the Committee for Programme
               and Coordination;

         (c)   Election of the Executive Director of the United Nations
               Environment Programme.

     18. Appointments to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other
         appointments (P.18):

         (a)   Appointment of members of the Advisory Committee on
               Administrative and Budgetary Questions;

         (b)   Appointment of members of the Committee on Contributions;

         (c)   Appointment of a member of the Board of Auditors;

         (d)   Confirmation of the appointment of members of the
               Investments Committee;

         (e)   Appointment of members of the United Nations
               Administrative Tribunal;

         (f)   Appointment of members of the International Civil Service
               Commission;

         (g)   Appointment of members of the Committee on Conferences;

         (h)   Appointment of members of the Joint Inspection Unit;

         (i)   Confirmation of the appointment of the Administrator of
               the United Nations Development Programme.

     19. Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of
         Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (P.19).

     20. Admission of new Members to the United Nations (P.20).

     21. Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
         disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
         special economic assistance (P.21):

         (a)   Strengthening of the coordination of emergency
               humanitarian assistance of the United Nations;

         (b)   Special economic assistance to individual countries or
               regions;

         (c)   Emergency international assistance for peace, normalcy
               and reconstruction of war-stricken Afghanistan;

         (d)   Assistance to the Palestinian people.

     22. Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization
         of American States (P.22).

     23. Cooperation between the United Nations and the Asian-African
         Legal Consultative Committee (P.23).

     24. Law of the sea (P.24):

         (a)   Law of the sea;

         (b)   Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the
               United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10
               December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management
               of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish
               Stocks;

         (c)   Large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing and its impact on
               the living marine resources of the world's oceans and
               seas; unauthorized fishing in zones of national
               jurisdiction and its impact on the living marine
               resources of the world's oceans and seas; and fisheries
               by-catch and discards and their impact on the sustainable
               use of the world's living marine resources.

     25. Cooperation between the United Nations and the Caribbean
         Community (P.25).

     26. Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic
         Cooperation Organization (P.26).

     27. Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial
         embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba
         (P.27).

     28. Universal Congress on the Panama Canal (P.28).

     29. Cooperation between the United Nations and the
         Inter-Parliamentary Union (P.29).

     30. Cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab
         States (P.30).

     31. Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization
         of the Islamic Conference (P.31).

     32. Zone of peace and cooperation of the South Atlantic (P.32).

     33. The situation in the Middle East (P.33).

     34. Assistance in mine clearance (P.34).

     35. Question of Palestine (P.35).

     36. International assistance for the rehabilitation and
         reconstruction of Nicaragua:  aftermath of the war and
         natural disasters (P.36).

     37. The situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti (P.37).

     38. Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization
         for Security and Cooperation in Europe (P.38).

     39. The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for
         international peace and security (P.39).

     40. The situation in Central America:  procedures for the
         establishment of a firm and lasting peace and progress in
         fashioning a region of peace, freedom, democracy and
         development (P.40).

     41. Support by the United Nations system of the efforts of
         Governments to promote and consolidate new or restored
         democracies (P.41).

     42. Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization
         of African Unity (P.42).

     43. The situation in Burundi (P.43).

     44. Implementation of the United Nations New Agenda for the
         Development of Africa in the 1990s (P.44).

     45. Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social
         Development (P.45).

     46. Restructuring and revitalization of the United Nations in the
         economic, social and related fields (P.46).

     47. Question of equitable representation on and increase in the
         membership of the Security Council and related matters
         (P.47). 

     48. Strengthening of the United Nations system (P.48).

     49. Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (P.49).

     50. Report of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of
         Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International
         Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former
         Yugoslavia since 1991 (P.50).

     51. Declaration of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government
         of the Organization of African Unity on the aerial and naval
         military attack against the Socialist People's Libyan Arab
         Jamahiriya by the present United States Administration in
         April 1986 (P.51).

     52. Armed Israeli aggression against the Iraqi nuclear
         installations and its grave consequences for the established
         international system concerning the peaceful uses of nuclear
         energy, the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and
         international peace and security (P.52).

     53. Consequences of the Iraqi occupation of and aggression
         against Kuwait (P.53).

     54. Implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations
         (P.54).

     55. Launching of global negotiations on international economic
         cooperation for development (P.55).

     56. The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (P.56).

     57. Question of the Comorian island of Mayotte (P.57). 

     58. Question of Cyprus (P.58).

     59. Report of the International Criminal Tribunal for the
         Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Genocide and Other
         Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law
         Committed in the Territory of Rwanda and Rwandan Citizens
         Responsible for Genocide and Other Such Violations Committed
         in the Territory of Neighbouring States between 1 January and
         31 December 1994 (P.59).

     60. Prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types
         of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such
         weapons:  report of the Conference on Disarmament (P.60).

     61. Reduction of military budgets (P.61):

         (a)   Reduction of military budgets;

         (b)   Objective information on military matters, including
               transparency of military expenditures.

     62. Question of Antarctica (P.62).

     63. The role of science and technology in the context of
         international security and disarmament (P.63).

     64. The role of science and technology in the context of
         international security, disarmament and other related fields
         (P.64).

     65. Amendment of the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the
         Atmosphere, in Outer Space and under Water (P.65).

     66. Implementation of the comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty
         (P.66).

     67. Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of
         the Middle East (P.67).

     68. Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in South Asia
         (P.68).

     69. Conclusion of effective international arrangements to assure
         non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of
         nuclear weapons (P.69).

     70. Prevention of an arms race in outer space (P.70).

     71. General and complete disarmament (P.71):

         (a)   Notification of nuclear tests;

         (b)   Transparency in armaments;

         (c)   Prohibition of the dumping of radioactive wastes;

         (d)   Convening of the fourth special session of the General
               Assembly devoted to disarmament:  report of the
               Preparatory Committee for the Fourth Special Session of
               the General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament;

         (e)   Relationship between disarmament and development;

         (f)   Measures to curb the illicit transfer and use of
               conventional arms;

         (g)   Regional disarmament;

         (h)   Conventional arms control at the regional and subregional
               levels;

         (i)   Nuclear disarmament;

         (j)   Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and of
               vehicles for their delivery in all its aspects;

         (k)   Advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on
               the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons
               (S.4).  3/

     72. Review and implementation of the Concluding Document of the
         Twelfth Special Session of the General Assembly (P.72):

         (a)   United Nations Disarmament Information Programme;

         (b)   United Nations disarmament fellowship, training and
               advisory services;

         (c)   Regional confidence-building measures;

         (d)   United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament
               in Africa, United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and
               Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific and United Nations
               Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in
               Latin America and the Caribbean;

         (e)   Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear
               Weapons.

     73. Review of the implementation of the recommendations and
         decisions adopted by the General Assembly at its tenth
         special session (P.73):

         (a)   Report of the Disarmament Commission;

         (b)   Report of the Conference on Disarmament;

         (c)   Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters;

         (d)   United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research;

         (e)   Confidence-building measures.

     74. The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (P.74).

     75. Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of
         Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be
         Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects
         (P.75).

     76. Strengthening of security and cooperation in the
         Mediterranean region (P.76).

     77. Implementation of the Declaration of the Indian Ocean as a
         Zone of Peace (P.77).

     78. Consolidation of the regime established by the Treaty for the
         Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the
         Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelolco) (P.78).

     79. African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (P.79).

     80. Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production
         and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin
         Weapons and on Their Destruction (P.80).

     81. Review of the implementation of the Declaration on the
         Strengthening of International Security (P.81).

     82. Effects of atomic radiation (P.82).

     83. International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space
         (P.83).

     84. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
         in the Near East (P.84).

     85. Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli
         Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian
         People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (P.85).

     86. Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping
         operations in all their aspects (P.86).

     87. Questions relating to information (P.87).

     88. Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted
         under Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations
         (P.88).

     89. Activities of foreign economic and other interests which
         impede the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting
         of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples in
         Territories under colonial domination (P.89).

     90. Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of
         Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the
         specialized agencies and the international institutions
         associated with the United Nations (P.90).

     91. Offers by Member States of study and training facilities for
         inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories (P.91).

     92. The situation in the occupied territories of Croatia (P.94).

     93. Question of the composition of the relevant organs of the
         United Nations (P.95).

     94. Macroeconomic policy questions (P.96):

         (a)   External debt crisis and development;

         (b)   Financing of development, including net transfer of
               resources between developing and developed countries;

         (c)   Trade and development;

         (d)   Commodities.

     95. Sectoral policy questions (P.97):

         (a)   Industrial development cooperation;

         (b)   Food and sustainable agricultural development.

     96. Sustainable development and international economic
         cooperation (P.98):

         (a)   Implementation and follow-up to major consensus
               agreements on development:

               (i)  Implementation of the commitments and policies
                    agreed upon in the Declaration on International
                    Economic Cooperation, in particular the
                    Revitalization of the Economic Growth and
                    Development of the Developing Countries;

             (ii)   Implementation of the International Development
                    Strategy for the Fourth United Nations Development
                    Decade;

         (b)   Agenda for development:

               (i)  Agenda for development;

             (ii)   Renewal of the dialogue on strengthening
                    international economic cooperation for development
                    through partnership;

         (c)   Integration of the economies in transition into the world
               economy;

         (d)   Population and development;

         (e)   Human settlements;

         (f)   Eradication of poverty;

         (g)   Cultural development.

     97. Environment and sustainable development (P.99):

         (a)   Implementation of the decisions and recommendations of
               the United Nations Conference on Environment and
               Development;

         (b)   Special session for the purpose of an overall review and
               appraisal of the implementation of Agenda 21;

         (c)   Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity;

         (d)   Implementation of the outcome of the Global Conference on
               the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing
               States;

         (e)   Protection of global climate for present and future
               generations of mankind;

         (f)   International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.

     98. Operational activities for development (P.100).

     99. Training and research (P.101):

         (a)   United Nations Institute for Training and Research;

         (b)   United Nations University.

    100. Social development, including questions relating to the world
         social situation and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and
         the family (P.102).

    101. Crime prevention and criminal justice (P.103).

    102. International drug control (P.104).

    103. Advancement of women (P.105).

    104. Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference
         on Women (P.106).

    105. Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,
         questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced
         persons and humanitarian questions (P.107).

    106. Promotion and protection of the rights of children (P.108).

    107. Programme of activities of the International Decade of the
         World's Indigenous People (P.109).

    108. Elimination of racism and racial discrimination (P.110).

    109. Right of peoples to self-determination (P.111).

    110. Human rights questions (P.112):

         (a)   Implementation of human rights instruments;

         (b)   Human rights questions, including alternative approaches
               for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and
               fundamental freedoms;

         (c)   Human rights situations and reports of special
               rapporteurs and representatives;

         (d)   Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the
               Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action;

         (e)   Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
               Rights.

    111. Financial reports and audited financial statements, and
         reports of the Board of Auditors (P.113):

         (a)   United Nations;

         (b)   United Nations Development Programme;

         (c)   United Nations Children's Fund;

         (d)   United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
               Refugees in the Near East;

         (e)   United Nations Institute for Training and Research;

         (f)   Voluntary funds administered by the United Nations High
               Commissioner for Refugees;

         (g)   Fund of the United Nations Environment Programme;

         (h)   United Nations Population Fund;

         (i)   United Nations Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation;

         (j)   Fund of the United Nations International Drug Control
Programme;

         (k)   United Nations Office for Project Services.

    112. Review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial
         functioning of the United Nations (P.114).

    113. Programme budget for the biennium 1994-1995 (P.115).

    114. Programme planning (P.116).

    115. Improving the financial situation of the United Nations
         (P.117).

    116. Programme budget for the biennium 1996-1997 (P.118).

    117. Administrative and budgetary coordination of the United
         Nations with the specialized agencies and the International
         Atomic Energy Agency (P.119).

    118. Pattern of conferences (P.120).

    119. Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of
         the United Nations (P.121).

    120. Human resources management (P.122):

         (a)   Implementation of the Secretary-General's strategy for
               the management of the Organization's human resources and
               other human resources management issues;

         (b)   Composition of the Secretariat;

         (c)   Respect for the privileges and immunities of officials of
               the United Nations and the specialized agencies and
               related organizations.

    121. United Nations common system (P.123).

    122. United Nations pension system (P.124).

    123. Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the
         Middle East (P.125):

         (a)   United Nations Disengagement Observer Force;

         (b)   United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

    124. Financing of the United Nations Angola Verification Mission
         (P.126).

    125. Financing of the activities arising from Security Council
         resolution 687 (1991) (P.127):

         (a)   United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission;

         (b)   Other activities.

    126. Financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in
         Western Sahara (P.128).

    127. Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in El
         Salvador (P.129).

    128. Financing and liquidation of the United Nations Transitional
         Authority in Cambodia (P.130).

    129. Financing of the United Nations Protection Force, the United
         Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia, the
         United Nations Preventive Deployment Force and the United
         Nations Peace Forces headquarters (P.131).

    130. Financing of the United Nations Operation in Somalia II
         (P.132).

    131. Financing of the United Nations Operation in Mozambique
         (P.133).

    132. Financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
         (P.134).

    133. Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia
         (P.135).

    134. Financing of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (P.136).

    135. Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia
         (P.137).

    136. Financing of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda
         (P.138).

    137. Financing of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution
         of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of
         International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of
         the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 (P.139).

    138. Financing of the United Nations Mission of Observers in
         Tajikistan (P.140).

    139. Financing of the International Criminal Tribunal for the
         Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Genocide and Other
         Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law
         Committed in the Territory of Rwanda and Rwandan Citizens
         Responsible for Genocide and Other Such Violations Committed
         in the Territory of Neighbouring States between 1 January and
         31 December 1994 (P.141).

    140. Administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of the
         United Nations peacekeeping operations (P.142):

         (a)   Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping operations;

         (b)   Relocation of Ukraine to the group of Member States set
               out in paragraph 3 (c) of General Assembly resolution
               43/232.

    141. Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the
         Office of Internal Oversight Services (P.143).

    142. Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions
         of 1949 and relating to the protection of victims of armed
         conflicts (P.144).

    143. Consideration of effective measures to enhance the
         protection, security and safety of diplomatic and consular
         missions and representatives (P.145).

    144. Convention on the law of the non-navigational uses of
         international watercourses (P.146).

    145. United Nations Decade of International Law (P.147).

    146. Report of the International Law Commission on the work of its
         forty-eighth session (P.148).

    147. Establishment of an international criminal court (P.149).

    148. Report of the United Nations Commission on International
         Trade Law on the work of its twenty-ninth session (P.150).

    149. Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country
         (P.151).

    150. Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United
         Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the
         Organization (P.152).

    151. Measures to eliminate international terrorism (P.153).

    152. Progressive development of the principles and norms of
         international law relating to the new international economic
         order (P.154).

    153. Financing of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and
         Herzegovina (P.155).

    154. Financing of the United Nations Transitional Administration
         for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (P.156).

    155. Financing of the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force
         (P.157).

    156. Observer status for the International Criminal Police
         Organization-Interpol in the General Assembly (P.158).

    157. Financing of the United Nations Support Mission in Haiti
         (S.1).

    158. Question of elaboration of an international convention
         against organized transnational crime (S.2).

    159. Elimination of coercive economic measures as a means of
         political and economic compulsion (S.3).


                            V.  ALLOCATION OF ITEMS

44.  At the suggestion of the Secretary-General (A/BUR/51/1, para. 46),
the General Committee draws the General Assembly's attention to
paragraph 4 of its decision 34/401 (A/520/Rev.15, annex VI), which
reads as follows:

         "4.   Substantive items should normally be discussed initially
     in a Main Committee and, therefore, items previously allocated to
     plenary meetings should henceforth be referred to a Main Committee
     unless there are compelling circumstances requiring their
     continued consideration in plenary meeting."

The General Committee also draws the attention of the Assembly to
paragraph 3 of annex I of resolution 48/264 and to the relevant
paragraphs of resolutions 39/88 B and 45/45 (A/520/Rev.15 and Amend.1,
annexes VII and VIII).  Paragraph 5 of the annex to resolution 39/88 B
reads as follows:

         "5.   The Chairmen of the Main Committees should take the
     initiative, in the light of past experience, to propose the
     grouping of similar or related items and the holding of a single
     general debate on them."

Paragraph 6 of the annex to resolution 45/45 reads as follows: 

         "6.   In making recommendations as to how agenda items should
     be allocated to the Main Committees and the plenary of the General
     Assembly, the General Committee should ensure the best use of the
     expertise of the Committees."

In this connection, the General Committee also draws the General
Assembly's attention to paragraphs 2 and 5 (b) and (d) of annex I of
resolution 48/264, which read as follows:

     "2. Agenda items which are of a nature that relates to more than
     one Main Committee or which do not come within the purview of any
     Main Committee should be considered by the General Assembly in
     plenary meeting, taking into account the recommendations of the
     General Committee.

     "...

     "5. The Main Committees should be encouraged to continue with the
     review of their respective agendas, taking into account,
     inter alia, the following:

         "...

         "(b) Items that cover related matters or issues could be
     considered in agreed clusters;

         "...

         "(d) The existing broad division of work among the Main
     Committees should be maintained."

45.  Taking into account the recommendations in section IV above
regarding the inclusion of items in the agenda, the General Committee
approved the allocation of items contained in paragraph 56 of the
Secretary-General's memorandum (A/BUR/51/1) with the following
modifications:

     (a) Plenary meetings

     (i) Item 19 (Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of
         Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples)

               The General Committee decided to recommend that the
         General Assembly should refer to the Special Political and
         Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) chapters of the
         report of the Special Committee (A/51/23) relating to
         specific Territories so that the Assembly might deal in
         plenary meeting with the question of the implementation of
         the Declaration as a whole.

    (ii) Item 49 (Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas))

               The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
         Assembly that the item should be considered directly in
         plenary meeting, on the understanding that bodies and
         individuals having an interest in the question would be heard
         in the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth
         Committee) in conjunction with the consideration of the item
         in plenary meeting.

   (iii) Item 58 (Question of Cyprus)

               The General Committee decided to recommend that the
         General Assembly allocate the item at an appropriate time
         during the session.

    (iv) Item 156 (Observer status for the International Criminal
         Police Organization-Interpol in the General Assembly)

               The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
         Assembly that the item should be considered directly in
         plenary meeting.

     (v) Item 159 (Elimination of coercive economic measures as a
         means of political and economic compulsion)

               The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
         Assembly that the item should be considered directly in
         plenary meeting.

     (b) First Committee

     (i) Item 71 (General and complete disarmament)

               The General Committee decided to recommend that the
         relevant paragraphs of the annual report of the International
         Atomic Energy Agency (A/51/307), which is to be considered
         directly in plenary meeting under item 14, should be drawn to
         the attention of the First Committee in connection with its
         consideration of item 71.

    (ii) Item 71 (k) (Advisory opinion of the International Court of
         Justice on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear
         weapons)

               The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
         Assembly that the item should be allocated to the First
         Committee as a sub-item of item 71.

     (c) Second Committee

         Item 98 (Operational activities for development)

     (i)       The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
         Assembly that, in the light of Economic and Social Council
         decision 1996/226 of 10 July 1996, the commemoration of the
         fiftieth anniversary of the operations of the United Nations
         Children's Fund should be held on Wednesday, 11 December
         1996, in the morning.

    (ii)       The General Committee also decided to recommend to the
         General Assembly that the report of the Secretary-General on
         the progress at mid-decade on implementation of General
         Assembly resolution 45/217 on the World Summit for Children
         (A/51/256), which is relevant to item 98 and to item 106 of
         the draft agenda (Promotion and protection of the rights of
         children) should be introduced in plenary and referred also
         to the Third Committee for consideration under item 106.

     (d) Third Committee

     (i) Item 103 (Advancement of women)

               The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
         Assembly that the report of the Administrator of the United
         Nations Development Programme on the operations, management
         and budget of the United Nations Development Fund for Women
         should be referred to the Second Committee for consideration
         under item 98 (Operational activities for development).

    (ii) Item 158 (Question of elaboration of an international
         convention against organized transnational crime)

               The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
         Assembly that the item should be allocated to the Third
         Committee.

     (e) Fifth Committee

     (i) Item 120 (Human resources management)

               The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
         Assembly that the item should be allocated to the Fifth
         Committee, on the understanding that the Sixth Committee
         should examine, as a matter of priority, at the beginning of
         the fifty-first session, the legal implications of the
         proposals of the Secretary-General contained in his reports
         on the reform of the internal system of justice in the
         Secretariat, and that the Fifth Committee should revert to
         the question of the internal system of justice in the
         Secretariat at the fifty-first regular session.

    (ii) Item 157 (Financing of the United Nations Support Mission in
         Haiti)

               The General Committee decided to recommend to the General
         Assembly that the item should be allocated to the Fifth
         Committee.

46.  Taking into account paragraphs 44 and 45 above, the General
Committee recommends to the General Assembly the adoption of the
following allocation of items:  4/


                               Plenary meetings

 1.  Opening of the session by the Chairman of the delegation of
     Portugal (D.1).

 2.  Minute of silent prayer or meditation (D.2).

 3.  Credentials of representatives to the fifty-first session of the
     General Assembly (D.3):

     (a) Appointment of the members of the Credentials Committee;

     (b) Report of the Credentials Committee.

 4.  Election of the President of the General Assembly (D.4).

 5.  Election of the officers of the Main Committees (D.5).

 6.  Election of the Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly (D.6).

 7.  Notification by the Secretary-General under Article 12, paragraph
     2, of the Charter of the United Nations (D.7).

 8.  Adoption of the agenda and organization of work:  reports of the
     General Committee (D.8).

 9.  General debate (D.9).

10.  Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization
     (D.10)

11.  Report of the Security Council (D.11).

12.  Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapters I, II, III,
     IV, V (sections A and F), VI and VII] (D.12).  5/

13.  Report of the International Court of Justice (D.13).

14.  Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (D.14).  6/

15.  Elections to fill vacancies in principal organs (D.15):

     (a) Election of five non-permanent members of the Security
         Council;

     (b) Election of eighteen members of the Economic and Social
         Council;

     (c) Election of five members of the International Court of
         Justice.

16.  Appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (D.16).

17.  Elections to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other
     elections (D.17):

     (a) Election of the members of the International Law Commission;

     (b) Election of twenty members of the Committee for Programme and
         Coordination;

     (c) Election of the Executive Director of the United Nations
         Environment Programme.

18.  Appointments to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other
     appointments (D.18):  7/

     (g) Appointment of members of the Committee on Conferences;

     (h) Appointment of members of the Joint Inspection Unit;

     (i) Confirmation of the appointment of the Administrator of the
         United Nations Development Programme.

19.  Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence
     to Colonial Countries and Peoples (D.19)  8/

20.  Admission of new Members to the United Nations (D.20).

21.  Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster
     relief assistance of the United Nations, including special
     economic assistance (D.21):

     (a) Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian
         assistance of the United Nations;

     (b) Special economic assistance to individual countries or
         regions;

     (c) Emergency international assistance for peace, normalcy and
         reconstruction of war-stricken Afghanistan;

     (d) Assistance to the Palestinian people.

22.  Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of
     American States (D.22).

23.  Cooperation between the United Nations and the Asian-African Legal
     Consultative Committee (D.23).

24.  Law of the sea (D.24):

     (a) Law of the sea;

     (b) Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the
         United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10
         December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of
         Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks;

     (c) Large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing and its impact on the
         living marine resources of the world's oceans and seas;
         unauthorized fishing in zones of national jurisdiction and
         its impact on the living marine resources of the world's
         oceans and seas; and fisheries by-catch and discards and
         their impact on the sustainable use of the world's living
         marine resources.

25.  Cooperation between the United Nations and the Caribbean
     Community (D.25).

26.  Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic
     Cooperation Organization (D.26).

27.  Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo
     imposed by the United States of America against Cuba (D.27).

28.  Universal Congress on the Panama Canal (D.28).

29.  Cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary
     Union (D.29).

30.  Cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab
     States (D.30).

31.  Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of the
     Islamic Conference (D.31).

32.  Zone of peace and cooperation of the South Atlantic (D.32).

33.  The situation in the Middle East (D.33).

34.  Assistance in mine clearance (D.34).

35.  Question of Palestine (D.35).

36.  International assistance for the rehabilitation and reconstruction
     of Nicaragua:  aftermath of the war and natural disasters (D.36).

37.  The situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti (D.37).

38.  Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization for
     Security and Cooperation in Europe (D.38).

39.  The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for
     international peace and security (D.39).

40.  The situation in Central America:  procedures for the
     establishment of a firm and lasting peace and progress in
     fashioning a region of peace, freedom, democracy and development
     (D.40).

41.  Support by the United Nations system of the efforts of Governments
     to promote and consolidate new or restored democracies (D.41).

42.  Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of
     African Unity (D.42).

43.  The situation in Burundi (D.43).

44.  Implementation of the United Nations New Agenda for the
     Development of Africa in the 1990s (D.44).

45.  Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social
     Development (D.45).

46.  Restructuring and revitalization of the United Nations in the
     economic, social and related fields (D.46).

47.  Question of equitable representation on and increase in the
     membership of the Security Council and related matters (D.47).

48.  Strengthening of the United Nations system (D.48).

49.  Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (D.49).  9/

50.  Report of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of
     Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International
     Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former
     Yugoslavia since 1991 (D.50).


51.  Declaration of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of
     the Organization of African Unity on the aerial and naval military
     attack against the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya by
     the present United States Administration in April 1986 (D.51).

52.  Armed Israeli aggression against the Iraqi nuclear installations
     and its grave consequences for the established international
     system concerning the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the
     non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and international peace and
     security (D.52).

53.  Consequences of the Iraqi occupation of and aggression against
     Kuwait (D.53).

54.  Implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations (D.54).

55.  Launching of global negotiations on international economic
     cooperation for development (D.55).

56.  The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (D.56).

57.  Question of the Comorian island of Mayotte (D.57).

58.  Report of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Prosecution
     of Persons Responsible for Genocide and Other Serious Violations
     of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of
     Rwanda and Rwandan Citizens Responsible for Genocide and Other
     Such Violations Committed in the Territory of Neighbouring States
     between 1 January and 31 December 1994 (D.59).

59.  Observer status for the International Criminal Police
     Organization- Interpol in the General Assembly (D.156).  10/

60.  Elimination of coercive economic measures as a means of political
     and economic compulsion (D.159).  11/


                                First Committee

1.   Prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types of
     weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons: 
     report of the Conference on Disarmament (D.60).

2.   Reduction of military budgets (D.61):

     (a) Reduction of military budgets;

     (b) Objective information on military matters, including
         transparency of military expenditures.

3.   Question of Antarctica (D.62).

4.   The role of science and technology in the context of international
     security and disarmament (D.63).

5.   The role of science and technology in the context of international
     security, disarmament and other related fields (D.64).

6.   Amendment of the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the
     Atmosphere, in Outer Space and under Water (D.65).

7.   Implementation of the comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty
     (D.66).

8.   Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the
     Middle East (D.67).

9.   Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in South Asia (D.68).

10.  Conclusion of effective international arrangements to assure
     non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of
     nuclear weapons (D.69).

11.  Prevention of an arms race in outer space (D.70).

12.  General and complete disarmament (D.71):  12/

     (a) Notification of nuclear tests;

     (b) Transparency in armaments;

     (c) Prohibition of the dumping of radioactive wastes;

     (d) Convening of the fourth special session of the General
         Assembly devoted to disarmament:  report of the Preparatory
         Committee for the Fourth Special Session of the General
         Assembly Devoted to Disarmament;

     (e) Relationship between disarmament and development;

     (f) Measures to curb the illicit transfer and use of conventional
         arms;

     (g) Regional disarmament;

     (h) Conventional arms control at the regional and subregional
         levels;

     (i) Nuclear disarmament;

     (j) Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and of
         vehicles for their delivery in all its aspects;

     (k) Advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the
         legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons.  13/

13.  Review and implementation of the Concluding Document of the
     Twelfth Special Session of the General Assembly (D.72):

     (a) United Nations Disarmament Information Programme;

     (b) United Nations disarmament fellowship, training and advisory
         services;

     (c) Regional confidence-building measures;

     (d) United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in
         Africa, United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and
         Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific and United Nations
         Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in
         Latin America and the Caribbean;

     (e) Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons.

14.  Review of the implementation of the recommendations and decisions
     adopted by the General Assembly at its tenth special session
     (D.73):

     (a) Report of the Disarmament Commission;

     (b) Report of the Conference on Disarmament;

     (c) Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters;

     (d) United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research;

     (e) Confidence-building measures.

15.  The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (D.74).

16.  Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain
     Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively
     Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (D.75).

17.  Strengthening of security and cooperation in the Mediterranean
     region (D.76).

18.  Implementation of the Declaration of the Indian Ocean as a Zone of
     Peace (D.77).

19.  Consolidation of the regime established by the Treaty for the
     Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean
     (Treaty of Tlatelolco) (D.78).

20.  African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (D.79).

21.  Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and
     Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and
     on Their Destruction (D.80).

22.  Review of the implementation of the Declaration on the
     Strengthening of International Security (D.81).


                Special Political and Decolonization Committee
                              (Fourth Committee)

1.   Effects of atomic radiation (D.82).

2.   International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space
     (D.83).

3.   United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in
     the Near East (D.84).

4.   Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices
     Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other
     Arabs of the Occupied Territories (D.85).

5.   Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping
     operations in all their aspects (D.86).

6.   Questions relating to information (D.87).

7.   Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under
     Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations (D.88).

8.   Activities of foreign economic and other interests which impede
     the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of
     Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples in Territories
     under colonial domination (D.89).

9.   Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence
     to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and
     the international institutions associated with the United Nations
     (D.90).

10.  Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapter V (section A)]
     (D.12).  14/

11.  Offers by Member States of study and training facilities for
     inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories (D.91).

12.  The situation in the occupied territories of Croatia (D.92).

13.  Question of the composition of the relevant organs of the United
     Nations (D.93).

14.  Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence
     to Colonial Countries and Peoples (D.19).  15/

15.  Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (D.49).  16/


                               Second Committee

1.   Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapters I, III, IV, V
     (sections B to E and H) and VII] (D.12).  17/

2.   Macroeconomic policy questions (D.94):

     (a) External debt crisis and development;

     (b) Financing of development, including net transfer of resources
         between developing and developed countries;

     (c) Trade and development;

     (d) Commodities.

3.   Sectoral policy questions (D.95):

     (a) Industrial development cooperation;

     (b) Food and sustainable agricultural development.

4.   Sustainable development and international economic cooperation
     (D.96):

     (a) Implementation and follow-up to major consensus agreements on
         development:

         (i)   Implementation of the commitments and policies agreed
               upon in the Declaration on International Economic
               Cooperation, in particular the Revitalization of the
               Economic Growth and Development of the Developing
               Countries;

         (ii)  Implementation of the International Development Strategy
               for the Fourth United Nations Development Decade;

     (b) Agenda for development:

         (i)   Agenda for development;

         (ii)  Renewal of the dialogue on strengthening international
               economic cooperation for development through partnership;

     (c) Integration of the economies in transition into the world
         economy;

     (d) Population and development;

     (e) Human settlements;

     (f) Eradication of poverty;

     (g) Cultural development.

5.   Environment and sustainable development (D.97):

     (a) Implementation of the decisions and recommendations of the
         United Nations Conference on Environment and Development;

     (b) Special session for the purpose of an overall review and
         appraisal of the implementation of Agenda 21;

     (c) Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity;

     (d) Implementation of the outcome of the Global Conference on the
         Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States;

     (e) Protection of global climate for present and future
         generations of mankind;

     (f) International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.

6.   Operational activities for development (D.98).  18/

7.   Training and research (D.99):

     (a) United Nations Institute for Training and Research;

     (b) United Nations University.


                                Third Committee

1.   Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapters I to IV, V
     (sections A and E) and VII] (D.12).  19/

2.   Social development, including questions relating to the world
     social situation and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and the
     family (D.100).

3.   Crime prevention and criminal justice (D.101).

4.   International drug control (D.102).

5.   Advancement of women (D.103).  20/

6.   Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on
     Women (D.104).

7.   Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,
     questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons
     and humanitarian questions (D.105).

8.   Promotion and protection of the rights of children (D.106). 
     21/

9.   Programme of activities of the International Decade of the World's
     Indigenous People (D.107).

10.  Elimination of racism and racial discrimination (D.108).

11.  Right of peoples to self-determination (D.109).

12.  Human rights questions (D.110):

     (a) Implementation of human rights instruments;

     (b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for
         improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and
         fundamental freedoms;

     (c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs
         and representatives;

     (d) Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Vienna
         Declaration and Programme of Action; 

     (e) Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
         Rights.

13.  Question of elaboration of an international convention against
     organized transnational crime (D.158).  22/


                                Fifth Committee

1.   Financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of
     the Board of Auditors (D.111):

     (a) United Nations;

     (b) United Nations Development Programme;

     (c) United Nations Children's Fund;

     (d) United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
         in the Near East;

     (e) United Nations Institute for Training and Research;

     (f) Voluntary funds administered by the United Nations High
         Commissioner for Refugees;

     (g) Fund of the United Nations Environment Programme;

     (h) United Nations Population Fund;

     (i) United Nations Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation;

     (j) Fund of the United Nations International Drug Control
Programme;

     (k) United Nations Office for Project Services.

2.   Review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial
     functioning of the United Nations (D.112).

3.   Programme budget for the biennium 1994-1995 (D.113).

4.   Programme planning (D.114).

5.   Improving the financial situation of the United Nations (D.115).

6.   Programme budget for the biennium 1996-1997 (D.116).

7.   Administrative and budgetary coordination of the United Nations
     with the specialized agencies and the International Atomic Energy
     Agency (D.117).

8.   Pattern of conferences (D.118).

9.   Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the
     United Nations (D.119).

10.  Human resources management (D.120):  23/

     (a) Implementation of the Secretary-General's strategy for the
         management of the Organization's human resources and other
         human resources management issues;

     (b) Composition of the Secretariat;

     (c) Respect for the privileges and immunities of officials of the
         United Nations and the specialized agencies and related
         organizations.

11.  United Nations common system (D.121).

12.  United Nations pension system (D.122).

13.  Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle
     East (D.123):

     (a) United Nations Disengagement Observer Force;

     (b) United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

14.  Financing of the United Nations Angola Verification Mission
     (D.124).

15.  Financing of the activities arising from Security Council
     resolution 687 (1991) (D.125):

     (a) United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission;

     (b) Other activities.

16.  Financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in
     Western Sahara (D.126).

17.  Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador
     (D.127).

18.  Financing and liquidation of the United Nations Transitional
     Authority in Cambodia (D.128).

19.  Financing of the United Nations Protection Force, the United
     Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia, the United
     Nations Preventive Deployment Force and the United Nations Peace
     Forces headquarters (D.129).

20.  Financing of the United Nations Operation in Somalia II (D.130).

21.  Financing of the United Nations Operation in Mozambique (D.131).

22.  Financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
     (D.132).

23.  Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia
     (D.133).

24.  Financing of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (D.134).

25.  Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia
     (D.135).

26.  Financing of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda
     (D.136).

27.  Financing of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of
     Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International
     Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former
     Yugoslavia since 1991 (D.137).

28.  Financing of the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan
     (D.138).

29.  Financing of the International Criminal Tribunal for the
     Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Genocide and Other Serious
     Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the
     Territory of Rwanda and Rwandan Citizens Responsible for Genocide
     and Other Such Violations Committed in the Territory of
     Neighbouring States between 1 January and 31 December 1994
     (D.139).

30.  Administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of the
     United Nations peacekeeping operations (D.140):

     (a) Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping operations;

     (b) Relocation of Ukraine to the group of Member States set out
         in paragraph 3 (c) of General Assembly resolution 43/232.

31.  Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the Office of
     Internal Oversight Services (D.141).

32.  Financing of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina
     (D.153).

33.  Financing of the United Nations Transitional Administration for
     Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (D.154).

34.  Financing of the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force
     (D.155).

35.  Financing of the United Nations Support Mission in Haiti
     (D.157).  24/

36.  Report of the Economic and Social Council [chapters I, V
     (sections E and G) and VII] (D.12).  25/

37.  Appointments to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other
     appointments (D.18):  26/

     (a) Appointment of members of the Advisory Committee on
         Administrative and Budgetary Questions;

     (b) Appointment of members of the Committee on Contributions;

     (c) Appointment of a member of the Board of Auditors;

     (d) Confirmation of the appointment of members of the Investments
         Committee;

     (e) Appointment of members of the United Nations Administrative
         Tribunal;

     (f) Appointment of members of the International Civil Service
         Commission.


                                Sixth Committee

1.   Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of
     1949 and relating to the protection of victims of armed conflicts
     (D.142).

2.   Consideration of effective measures to enhance the protection,
     security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions and
     representatives (D.143).

3.   Convention on the law of the non-navigational uses of
     international watercourses (D.144).

4.   United Nations Decade of International Law (D.145).

5.   Report of the International Law Commission on the work of its
     forty-eighth session (D.146).

6.   Establishment of an international criminal court (D.147).

7.   Report of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
     on the work of its twenty-ninth session (D.148).

8.   Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country
     (D.149).

9.   Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United
     Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization
     (D.150).

10.  Measures to eliminate international terrorism (D.151).

11.  Progressive development of the principles and norms of
     international law relating to the new international economic order
     (D.152).

12.  Human resources management (D.120).  27/


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                                     Notes

1/       Official Records of the General Assembly, Forty-first
Session, Supplement No. 49 (A/41/49).

2/       Abbreviations used in the present document:

         (P. ):  item on the provisional agenda (A/51/150);

         (S. ):  item on the supplementary list (A/51/200).

3/       See para. 42.

4/       The numbering in parentheses used in the allocation of items
(D. ) follows the draft agenda in section IV (para. 43.)

5/       The chapters of the report listed below would be referred
also to the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth
Committee) and the Second, Third and Fifth Committees, as follows:

     (a) Chapters I and VII ........................     Second, Third and
                                                         Fifth Committees

     (b) Chapter II ................................     Third Committee

     (c) Chapters III and IV .......................     Second and Third
                                                         Committees

     (d) Chapter V (section A) .....................     Special Political and
                                                         Decolonization
                                                         Committee (Fourth
                                                         Committee)
                                                         and Third Committee

6/       See para. 45 (b) (i).

7/       For sub-items (a) to (f), see "Fifth Committee", item 37.

8/       See para. 45 (a) (i).

9/       See para. 45 (a) (ii).

10/      See para. 45 (a) (iv).

11/      See para. 45 (a) (v).

12/      See para. 45 (b) (i).

13/      See para. 45 (b) (ii).

14/      Chapter V (section A) would be referred also to plenary
meetings and to the Third Committee.

15/      See para. 45 (a) (i).

16/      See para. 45 (a) (ii).

17/       The chapters of the report listed below would be referred
also to plenary meetings and to the Third and Fifth Committees, as
follows:

     (a)  Chapters I and VII ..........................     Plenary meetings
                                                            and Third and
                                                            Fifth Committees

     (b)  Chapters III and IV .........................     Plenary meetings
                                                            and Third
                                                            Committee

     (c)  Chapter V (section E) .......................     Third and Fifth
                                                            Committees

18/       See para. 45 (c) (i) and (ii).

19/       The chapters of the report listed below would be referred
also to plenary meetings and to the Special Political and
Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) and the Second and Fifth
Committees, as follows:

     (a)  Chapters I and VII ..........................     Plenary meetings
                                                            and Second and
                                                            Fifth Committees

     (b)  Chapter II ..................................     Plenary meetings

     (c)  Chapters III and IV .........................     Plenary meetings
                                                            and Second
                                                            Committee

     (d)  Chapter V (section A) .......................     Plenary meetings
                                                            and Special
                                                            Political and
                                                            Decolonization
                                                            Committee (Fourth
                                                            Committee)

     (e)  Chapter V (section E) .......................     Second and Fifth
                                                            Committees

20/       See para. 45 (d) (i).

21/       See para. 45 (c) (ii).

22/       See para. 45 (d) (ii).

23/       See para. 45 (e) (i).

24/       See para. 45 (e) (ii).

25/       The chapters of the report listed below would be referred
also to plenary meetings and to the Second and Third Committees, as
follows:

     (a)  Chapters I and VII .........................      Plenary meetings
                                                            and Second and
                                                            Third Committees

     (b)  Chapter V (section E) .......................     Second and Third 
                                                            Committees

26/       For sub-items (g) to (i), see "Plenary meetings", item 18.

27/       See para. 45 (e) (i).

 

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