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A/RES/50/220


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Distr. GENERAL  

12 April 1996ORIGINAL:
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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 45


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

         [without reference to a Main Committee (A/50/L.68 and Add.1)]


                50/220.  United Nations Mission for the
                         Verification of Human Rights and of
                         Compliance with the Commitments of the
                         Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights
                         in Guatemala


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 45/15 of 20 November 1990, 46/109 A of
17 December 1991, 47/118 of 18 December 1992, 48/161 of
20 December 1993 and 48/267 of 19 September 1994, in which it decided
to establish the Mission for the Verification of Human Rights and of
Compliance with the Commitments of the Comprehensive Agreement on
Human Rights in Guatemala, and its resolutions 49/137 of
19 December 1994, 49/236 A of 31 March 1995, and, in particular,
49/236 B of 14 September 1995, in which it decided to authorize the
renewal of the mandate of the Mission for the further period of six
months, that is, until 18 March 1996,

      Taking into account the notes by the Secretary-General
transmitting the third  1/ and fourth  2/ reports of the Director
of the Mission,

      Taking note of the conclusions and recommendations contained in
the third and fourth reports of the Director of the Mission, regarding
compliance by the Government of Guatemala and the Unidad
Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca with their commitments under the
Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights  3/ and to the human rights
aspects of the Agreement on Identity and Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 4/

      Acknowledging the support given to the Mission by the Government
of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca,

      Concerned by the inadequate implementation of the Comprehensive
Agreement on Human Rights, as reported by the Director of the Mission,
and in particular the lack of action on the Mission's recommendations
throughout the year 1995,

      Welcoming the commitment expressed by President Alvaro Arzu to
the struggle against impunity and the continuation of the peace
process with the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca, within
the Framework Agreement for the Resumption of the Negotiating Process
between the Government of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria
Nacional Guatemalteca of 10 January 1994,  5/ as well as his support
for the continuation of the Mission,

      Also welcoming the resumption of the negotiations between the two
parties and their commitment to revitalizing the negotiations with a
view to the early signing of a final peace agreement,

      Acknowledging the efforts of the Secretary-General, the Group of
Friends of the Guatemala peace process  6/ and the United Nations
programmes and agencies for their support to the Guatemala peace
process,

      Having considered the recommendations of the Secretary-General
regarding the renewal of the mandate of the Mission, contained in his
report on the Mission,  7/

      1.    Welcomes the report of the Secretary-General on the United
Nations Mission for the Verification of Human Rights and of Compliance
with the Commitments of the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights in
Guatemala;

      2.    Takes note with satisfaction of the third and fourth reports
of the Director of the Mission;

      3.    Decides to authorize within existing resources and in a
manner consistent with the effective fulfilment of its mandate the
renewal of the mandate of the Mission for a further period of nine
months and thirteen days, that is, until 31 December 1996, in
accordance with the recommendations of the Secretary-General;

      4.    Calls upon the Government of Guatemala and the Unidad
Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca to take effective action to
implement the recommendations contained in the third and fourth
reports of the Director of the Mission and to comply fully with their
commitments under the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and with
human rights aspects of the Agreement on Identity and Rights of
Indigenous Peoples;

      5.    Reiterates the importance of the undertaking by the parties
to continue to provide their broadest support to the Mission and
whatever cooperation it may need to carry out its functions,
particularly with respect to the security of the members of the
Mission;

      6.    Encourages the parties to strive for the earliest conclusion
of a final peace agreement;

      7.    Calls upon the parties to adopt all necessary steps to
eradicate the suffering of the civilian population as well as measures
aimed at building confidence between them;

      8.    Invites the international community to continue supporting
institution-building and other activities undertaken by the Mission,
in cooperation with United Nations programmes and agencies, with a
view to facilitating implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on
Human Rights, in particular through voluntary contributions to the
trust fund for the Guatemala peace process established by the
Secretary-General;

      9.    Requests the Secretary-General to keep the General Assembly
fully informed of the implementation of the present resolution.

                                                    103rd plenary meeting
                                                             3 April 1996


                                     Notes

1/   A/50/482.         

2/   A/50/878.

3/   A/48/928-S/1994/448, annex I.

4/   A/49/882-S/1995/256, annex.

5/   A/49/61-S/1994/53, annex.

6/   The Group of Friends is composed of Colombia, Mexico,
Norway, Spain, the United States of America and Venezuela.

7/   A/50/881.

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