United Nations

A/RES/49/62


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

14 December 1994

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                                              A/RES/49/62
                                              88th plenary meeting
                                              14 December 1994
 
                  49/62. Question of Palestine
 
                                       A
 
              Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights
                           of the Palestinian People
 
      The General Assembly,
 
      Recalling its resolutions 181 (II) of 29 November 1947, 194 (III) of 11
December 1948, 3236 (XXIX) of 22 November 1974, 3375 (XXX) and 3376 (XXX) of
10 November 1975, 31/20 of 24 November 1976, 32/40 A of 2 December 1977, 33/28
A and B of 7 December 1978, 34/65 A of 29 November 1979 and 34/65 C of 12
December 1979, ES-7/2 of 29 July 1980, 35/169 A and C of 15 December 1980,
36/120 A and C of 10 December 1981, ES-7/4 of 28 April 1982, 37/86 A of 10
December 1982, 38/58 A of 13 December 1983, 39/49 A of 11 December 1984, 40/96
A of 12 December 1985, 41/43 A of 2 December 1986, 42/66 A of 2 December 1987,
43/175 A of 15 December 1988, 44/41 A of 6 December 1989, 45/67 A of 6
December 1990, 46/74 A of 11 December 1991, 47/64 A of 11 December 1992 and
48/158 A of 20 December 1993,
 
      Having considered the report of the Committee on the Exercise of the
Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,
 
      Welcoming the signing of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-
Government Arrangements, including its Annexes and Agreed Minutes, by the
Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization on
13 September 1993 in Washington, as well as the subsequent implementation
agreements, including the Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area,
signed on 4 May 1994 at Cairo,
 
      Reaffirming that the United Nations has a permanent responsibility with
respect to the question of Palestine until the question is resolved in all its
aspects in a satisfactory manner in accordance with international legitimacy,
 
      1.    Expresses its appreciation to the Committee on the Exercise of the
Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for its efforts in performing the
tasks assigned to it by the General Assembly;
 
      2.    Considers that the Committee can continue to make a valuable and
positive contribution to international efforts to promote the effective
implementation of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government
Arrangements and to mobilize international support for and assistance to the
Palestinian people during the transitional period;
 
      3.    Endorses the recommendations of the Committee contained in section
VII its report;
 
      4.    Requests the Committee to continue to keep under review the
situation relating to the question of Palestine and to report and make
suggestions to the General Assembly or the Security Council, as appropriate;
 
      5.    Authorizes the Committee to continue to exert all efforts to
promote the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, to
make such adjustments in its approved programme of work as it may consider
appropriate and necessary in the light of developments, to give special
emphasis to the need to mobilize support and assistance for the Palestinian
people, and to report thereon to the General Assembly at its fiftieth session
and thereafter;
 
      6.    Also requests the Committee to continue to extend its cooperation
to non-governmental organizations in their contribution towards heightening
international awareness of the facts relating to the question of Palestine and
promoting support and assistance to meet the needs of the Palestinian people,
and to take the necessary steps to involve additional non-governmental
organizations in its work;
 
      7.    Requests the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine,
established under resolution 194 (III), and other United Nations bodies
associated with the question of Palestine, to continue to cooperate fully with
the Committee and to make available to it, at its request, the relevant
information and documentation which they have at their disposal;
 
      8.    Requests the Secretary-General to circulate the report of the
Committee to all the competent bodies of the United Nations, and urges them to
take the necessary action, as appropriate;
 
      9.    Also requests the Secretary-General to continue to provide the
Committee with all the necessary facilities for the performance of its tasks.
 
 
                                       B
 
              Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat
 
 
      The General Assembly,
 
      Having considered the report of the Committee on the Exercise of the
Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,
 
      Taking note, in particular, of the relevant information contained in
Section V.B of that report,
 
      Recalling its resolutions 32/40 B of 2 December 1977, 33/28 C of 7
December 1978, 34/65 D of 12 December 1979, 35/169 D of 15 December 1980,
36/120 B of 10 December 1981, 37/86 B of 10 December 1982, 38/58 B of 13
December 1983, 39/49 B of 11 December 1984, 40/96 B of 12 December 1985, 41/43
B of 2 December 1986, 42/66 B of 2 December 1987, 43/175 B of 15 December
1988, 44/41 B of 6 December 1989, 45/67 B of 6 December 1990, 46/74 B of 11
December 1991, 47/64 B of 11 December 1992 and 48/158 B of 20 December 1993,
 
      1.    Notes with appreciation the action taken by the Secretary-General
in compliance with its resolution 48/158 B;
 
      2.    Considers that the Division for Palestinian Rights of the
Secretariat continues to make a useful and constructive contribution through
the organization of seminars and meetings of non-governmental organizations,
as well as through its research and monitoring activities, the preparation of
studies and publications, and the collection and dissemination of information
in printed and electronic form on all issues pertaining to the question of
Palestine;
 
      3.    Requests the Secretary-General to continue to provide the Division
with the necessary resources, including the further development of the United
Nations information system on the question of Palestine, and to ensure that it
continues to discharge the tasks detailed in paragraph 1 of resolution 32/40
B, paragraph 2 (b) of resolution 34/65 D, paragraph 3 of resolution 36/120 B,
paragraph 3 of resolution 38/58 B, paragraph 3 of resolution 40/96 B,
paragraph 2 of resolution 42/66 B, paragraph 2 of resolution 44/41 B,
paragraph 2 of resolution 46/74 B and paragraph 2 of resolution 48/158 B, in
consultation with the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of
the Palestinian People and under its guidance;
 
      4.    Also requests the Secretary-General to ensure the continuing
cooperation of the Department of Public Information and other units of the
Secretariat in enabling the Division to perform its tasks and in covering
adequately the various aspects of the question of Palestine;
 
      5.    Invites all Governments and organizations to lend their
cooperation to the Committee and the Division in the performance of their
tasks;
 
      6.    Notes with appreciation the action taken by Member States to
observe annually on 29 November the International Day of Solidarity with the
Palestinian People and requests them to continue to give the widest possible
publicity to the observance, and requests the Committee to continue to
organize, as part of the observance of the Day of Solidarity, an annual
exhibit on Palestinian rights in cooperation with the Permanent Observer
Mission of Palestine to the United Nations.
 
                                       C
 
              Department of Public Information of the Secretariat
 
 
      The General Assembly,
 
      Having considered the report of the Committee on the Exercise of the
Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,
 
      Taking note, in particular, of the information contained in section VI
of that report,
 
      Recalling its resolution 48/158 C of 20 December 1993,
 
      Convinced that the world-wide dissemination of accurate and
comprehensive information and the role of non-governmental organizations and
institutions remain of vital importance in heightening awareness of and
support for the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,
 
      Aware of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government
Arrangements signed by the Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine
Liberation Organization on 13 September 1993 in Washington, and of the
subsequent implementation agreements, including the Agreement on the Gaza
Strip and the Jericho Area, signed on 4 May 1994 at Cairo, and their positive
implications,
 
      1.    Notes with appreciation the action taken by the Department of
Public Information of the Secretariat in compliance with resolution 48/158 C;
 
      2.    Considers that the special information programme on the question
of Palestine of the Department of Public Information helps to raise the
awareness of the international community on the question and the situation in
the Middle East in general, including the achievements of the peace process,
and should continue to contribute effectively to an atmosphere conducive to
dialogue and supportive of the peace process;
 
      3.    Requests the Department, in full cooperation and coordination with
the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian
People, to continue, with the necessary flexibility as may be required by
developments affecting the question of Palestine, its special information
programme on the question of Palestine for the biennium 1994-1995, with
particular emphasis on public opinion in Europe and North America, and, in
particular:
 
      (a)   To disseminate information on all the activities of the United
Nations system relating to the question of Palestine, including reports of the
work carried out by the relevant United Nations organizations;
 
      (b)   To continue to issue and update publications on the various
aspects of the question of Palestine in all fields, including materials
concerning the recent developments in that regard and, in particular, the
achievements of the peace process;
 
      (c)   To expand its audiovisual material on the question of Palestine,
including the production of such material;
 
      (d)   To organize and promote fact-finding news missions for journalists
to the area, including the occupied territories;
 
      (e)   To organize international, regional and national encounters for
journalists;
 
      (f)   To provide, in cooperation with specialized agencies of the United
Nations system, particularly the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization, assistance to the Palestinian people in the field of
media development.
 
                                       D
 
               Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine
 
 
      The General Assembly,
 
      Recalling its relevant resolutions,
 
      Recalling also relevant Security Council resolutions, including
resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 and 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973,
 
      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General of 3 November
1994, submitted pursuant to the request made in its resolution 48/158 D of 20
December 1993,
 
      Convinced that achieving a final and peaceful settlement of the question
of Palestine, the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict, is imperative for the
attainment of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East,
 
      Aware that the principle of equal rights and self-determination of
peoples is among the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United
Nations, 
 
      Affirming the principle of the inadmissibility of the acquisition of
territory by war,
 
      Affirming also the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the
territory occupied since 1967 and of Israeli actions aimed at changing the
status of Jerusalem,
 
      Affirming once more the right of all States in the region to live in
peace within secure and internationally recognized borders,
 
      Aware of the mutual recognition between the Government of the State of
Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, the representative of the
Palestinian people, and the signing by the two parties of the Declaration of
Principles on Interim Self- Government Arrangements on 13 September 1993 in
Washington, as well as the subsequent implementation agreements, including the
Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area, signed on 4 May 1994 at
Cairo,
 
      Noting with satisfaction the withdrawal of the Israeli army, which took
place in the Gaza Strip and the Jericho area in accordance with the agreements
reached by the parties, and the initiation of the Palestinian Authority in
those areas,
 
      Also aware that the United Nations has participated as a full,
extraregional participant in the work of the multilateral working groups of
the Middle East peace process,
 
      Noting the appointment by the Secretary-General of the United Nations
Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories,
 
      Welcoming the convening of the Conference to Support Middle East Peace
in Washington on 1 October 1993,
 
      1.    Reaffirms the necessity of achieving a peaceful settlement of the
question of Palestine, the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict, in all its
aspects; 
 
      2.    Expresses its full support for the ongoing peace process, which
began in Madrid, and the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government
Arrangements, as well as the subsequent implementation agreements, and
expresses the hope that the process will lead to the establishment of a
comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;
 
      3.    Calls for the timely and scrupulous implementation of the
agreements reached between the parties towards the negotiation of the final
settlement;
 
      4.    Stresses the need for:
 
      (a)   The realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian
people, primarily the right to self-determination;
 
      (b)   The withdrawal of Israel from the Palestinian territory occupied
since 1967;
 
      5.    Also stresses the need for resolving the problem of the Palestine
refugees in conformity with its resolution 194 (III) of 11 December 1948;
 
      6.    Urges Member States to expedite the provision of economic and
technical assistance to the Palestinian people during this critical period;
 
      7.    Emphasizes the importance for the United Nations to play a more
active and expanded role in the current peace process and in the
implementation of the Declaration of Principles;
 
      8.    Requests the Secretary-General to continue his efforts with the
parties concerned, and in consultation with the Security Council, for the
promotion of peace in the region and to submit progress reports on
developments in this matter.