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A/RES/48/114


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

20 December 1993

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                                                  A/RES/48/114
                                                  85th plenary meeting
                                                  20 December 1993
 
                 Emergency international assistance to refugees
                      and displaced persons in Azerbaijan
 
      The General Assembly,
 
      Recalling its relevant resolutions regarding humanitarian assistance to
refugees and displaced persons,
 
      Having considered the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees,
 
      Recognizing the catalytic role that the High Commissioner plays,
together with the international community and development agencies, in the
promotion of humanitarian aid and development with a view to finding durable
and lasting solutions for refugees and displaced persons,
 
      Expressing its grave concern at the continuing deterioration of the
humanitarian situation in Azerbaijan owing to the displacement of large
numbers of civilians,
 
      Welcoming the efforts made by the United Nations interim office and the
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Azerbaijan to
coordinate the needs assessment and the provision of humanitarian assistance,
 
      Welcoming also the consolidated United Nations inter-agency humanitarian
programme for Azerbaijan for the period 1 July 1993 to 31 March 1994,
 
      Expressing its appreciation to the States and intergovernmental and
non-governmental organizations that have responded positively and continue to
respond to the humanitarian needs of Azerbaijan, and to the Secretary-General
and United Nations bodies for mobilizing and coordinating the delivery of
appropriate humanitarian assistance,
 
      Also expressing its appreciation to the Governments of the neighbouring
States that provide the necessary humanitarian assistance, including the
provision of accommodation and transit routes through their territories for
the displaced persons from Azerbaijan,
 
      Noting with alarm that the humanitarian situation in Azerbaijan has
continued to deteriorate seriously since the adoption of the programme in June
1993, and that the number of refugees and displaced persons in Azerbaijan has
recently exceeded one million,
 
      Aware that the refugees and displaced persons are in a precarious
situation, facing the threat of malnutrition and disease, and that appropriate
external assistance is needed for the provision of foodstuffs, medical aid and
the necessary shelter for the winter,
 
      Deeply concerned about the enormous burden that the massive presence of
refugees and displaced persons has placed on the country's infrastructure,
 
      Affirming the urgent need to continue international action to assist
Azerbaijan in providing shelter, medication and food to the refugees and
displaced persons, especially to the most vulnerable groups,
 
      1.    Welcomes with appreciation the efforts undertaken by the
Secretary-General in drawing the attention of the international community to
the acute problems of the Azerbaijani refugees and displaced persons and in
mobilizing assistance for them;
 
      2.    Urgently appeals to all States, organizations and programmes of
the United Nations, specialized agencies and other intergovernmental and
non-governmental organizations to provide adequate and sufficient financial,
medical and material assistance to the Azerbaijani refugees and displaced
persons; 
 
      3.    Invites the international financial institutions and the
specialized agencies, organizations and programmes of the United Nations
system, where appropriate, to bring the special needs of the Azerbaijani
refugees and displaced persons to the attention of their respective governing
bodies for their consideration and to report on the decisions of those bodies
to the Secretary-General;
 
      4.    Invites the Secretary-General to continue to monitor the overall
situation of refugees and displaced persons in Azerbaijan and to make
available his good offices as required;
 
      5.    Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to
continue her efforts with the appropriate United Nations agencies and
intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, in order
to consolidate and increase essential services to refugees and displaced
persons in Azerbaijan;
 
      6.    Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly
at its forty-ninth session on the progress made in the implementation of the
present resolution.