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A/RES/50/84


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

7 March 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 42


                  RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

          [without reference to a Main Committee (A/50/L.47 and Add.1,
           A/50/L.48 and Add.1, A/50/L.49 and Add.1 and A/50/L.50 and
                                   Add.1)]


            50/84.   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, 48/158 A of 20 December 1993 and 49/62 A of 14
December 1994,

      Having considered the report of the Committee on the Exercise of
the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,  1/

      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 in Washington on 13 September 1993,  2/ as
well as the subsequent implementation agreements, in particular the
Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area, signed at Cairo on 4
May 1994,  3/ and the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip, signed in Washington on 28 September 1995,

      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
chapter VII of 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 fifty-first 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.

                                                          93rd plenary meeting
                                                              15 December 1995


                                       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, 1/

      Taking note, in particular, of the relevant information contained
in chapter 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, 48/158 B of 20 December 1993 and 49/62 B of
14 December 1994,

      1.    Notes with appreciation the action taken by the Secretary-
General in compliance with its resolution 49/62 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 for the further
development of the United Nations information system on the question
of Palestine,  4/ 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 continued
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.

                                                          93rd plenary meeting
                                                              15 December 1995


                                       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, 1/

      Taking note, in particular, of the information contained in
chapter VI of that report,

      Recalling its resolution 49/62 C of 14 December 1994,

      Convinced that the worldwide 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 in Washington on
13 September 1993, 2/ and of the subsequent implementation agreements,
in particular the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza
Strip signed in Washington on 28 September 1995, and their positive
implications,

      1.    Notes with appreciation the action taken by the Department
of Public Information of the Secretariat in compliance with resolution
49/62 C;

      2.    Considers that the special information programme on the
question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information is very
useful in raising the awareness of the international community
concerning the complexities of the question and the situation in the
Middle East in general, including the achievements of the peace
process, and that the programme is contributing 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 1996-1997, 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 on 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 territories under the
jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority and 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.

                                                          93rd plenary meeting
                                                              15 December 1995


                                       D

               Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its relevant resolutions,

      Recalling also the 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
7 November 1995, submitted pursuant to the request made in its
resolution 49/62 D of 14 December 1994,  5/

      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 again 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 2/ in Washington on 13 September 1993, as well as the
subsequent implementation agreements, including the Interim Agreement
on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip signed in Washington on
28 September 1995,

      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, as well as the beginning of the
redeployment of the Israeli army in the rest of the West Bank,

      Aware also 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 of the United Nations Special Coordinator
in the Occupied Territories by the Secretary-General, and the positive
contribution in this regard,

      Welcoming the convening of the Conference to Support Middle East
Peace in Washington on 1 October 1993 and all follow-up meetings,

      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 of 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.    Stresses also 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, including the
monitoring of the forthcoming Palestinian elections;

      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.

                                                          93rd plenary meeting
                                                              15 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/   Official Records of the General Assembly, Fiftieth Session,
Supplement No. 35 (A/50/35).

2/   A/48/486-S/26560, annex.

3/   A/49/180-S/1994/727, annex.

4/   See Official Records of the General Assembly, Fiftieth Session,
Supplement No. 35 (A/50/35), para. 99.

5/   A/50/725-S/1995/930.

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