United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

15 December 1988


                                                  82nd plenary meeting
                                                  15 December 1988
                          Question of Palestine
      The General Assembly,
      Having considered the item entitled "Question of Palestine",
      Recalling its resolution 181 (II) of 29 November 1947, in which,
 inter alia, it called for the establishment of an Arab State and a Jewish
 State in Palestine,
      Mindful of the special responsibility of the United Nations to achieve a
 just solution to the question of Palestine,
      Aware of the proclamation of the State of Palestine by the Palestine
 National Council in line with General Assembly resolution 181 (II) and in
 exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,
      Affirming the urgent need to achieve a just and comprehensive settlement
 in the Middle East which, inter alia, provides for peaceful coexistence for
 all States in the region,
      Recalling its resolution 3237 (XXIX) of 22 November 1974 on the observer
 status for the Palestine Liberation Organization and subsequent relevant
      1.   Acknowledges the proclamation of the State of Palestine by the
 Palestine National Council on 15 November 1988;
      2.   Affirms the need to enable the Palestinian people to exercise their
 sovereignty over their territory occupied since 1967;
      3.   Decides that, effective as of 15 December 1988, the designation
 "Palestine" should be used in place of the designation "Palestine Liberation
 Organization" in the United Nations system, without prejudice to the observer
 status and functions of the Palestine Liberation Organization within the
 United Nations system, in conformity with relevant United Nations resolutions
 and practice;
      4.   Requests the Secretary-General to take the necessary action to
 implement the present resolution.