United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

12 August 1998


                                                       Original: English 
General Assembly
Fifty-third session
Item 85 of the provisional agenda* 
Report of the Special Committee to Investigate
  Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights
  of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of
  the Occupied Territories

     * A/53/150.

                       The occupied Syrian Golan

                    Report of the Secretary-General

            (in pursuance of General Assembly resolution 52/68)

         1. The present report is submitted in pursuance of General Assembly
resolution 52/68 of 10 December 1997, the operative part of which reads as

            "The General Assembly,


            "1.    Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to comply with the
relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan, in particular Security
Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council, inter alia, decided that
the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on
the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal
effect, and demanded that Israel, the occupying Power, should rescind
forthwith its decisions;

            "2.    Also calls upon Israel to desist from changing the physical
character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status
of the occupied Syrian Golan and in particular to desist from the
establishment of settlements;

            "3.    Determines that all legislative and administrative measures
and actions taken or to be taken by Israel, the occupying Power, that purport
to alter the character and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan are null
and void, constitute a flagrant violation of international law and of the
Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of
War, of 12 August 1949, and have no legal effect;

            "4.    Calls upon Israel to desist from imposing Israeli
citizenship and Israeli identity cards on the Syrian citizens in the occupied
Syrian Golan, and to desist from its repressive measures against the
population of the occupied Syrian Golan;

            "5.    Deplores the violations by Israel of the Geneva Convention
relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August

            "6.    Calls once again upon Member States not to recognize any of
the legislative or administrative measures and actions referred to above;

            "7.    Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-third session on the implementation of the present

         2. On 15 May 1998, the Secretary-General addressed a note verbale to
the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, in which he
requested, in view of his reporting responsibilities under the resolution,
that the Minister inform him of any steps his Government had taken or
envisaged taking concerning the implementation of the relevant provisions of
the resolution.

         3. No reply had been received at the time of the preparation of the
present report.

         4. By a note verbale dated 15 May 1998, the Secretary-General also
drew the attention of all States parties to the Convention to paragraph 6 of
resolution 52/68.


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