United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

4 February 1997


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 84


     [on the report of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee
                         (Fourth Committee)(A/51/591)]

            51/124.     Assistance to Palestine refugees

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 50/28 A of 6 December 1995 and all its
previous resolutions on the question, including resolution 194 (III)
of 11 December 1948,

      Taking note of the report of the Commissioner-General of the
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the
Near East for the period from 1 July 1995 to 30 June 1996, 1/

      Welcoming the signature in Washington on 13 September 1993 by the
Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation
Organization, the representative of the people of Palestine, of the
Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements 2/
and the subsequent implementation agreements, and also the
signature of the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
in Washington on 28 September 1995,

      Encouraging the Multilateral Working Group on Refugees of the
Middle East peace process to continue its important work,

      Welcoming the completion of the transfer of the headquarters of
the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in
the Near East to its area of operations,

      1.    Notes with regret that repatriation or compensation of the
refugees, as provided for in paragraph 11 of its resolution 194 (III),
has not yet been effected and that, therefore, the situation of the
refugees continues to be a matter of concern;

      2.    Expresses its thanks to the Commissioner-General and to all
the staff of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
Refugees in the Near East, recognizing that the Agency is doing all it
can within the limits of available resources, and also expresses its
thanks to the specialized agencies and to private organizations for
their valuable work in assisting refugees;

      3.    Notes with regret that the United Nations Conciliation
Commission for Palestine has been unable to find a means of achieving
progress in the implementation of paragraph 11 of General Assembly
resolution 194 (III), 3/ and requests the Commission to exert
continued efforts towards the implementation of that paragraph and to
report to the Assembly as appropriate, but no later than 1 September

      4.    Notes the significant success of the Peace Implementation
Programme of the Agency since the signing of the Declaration of
Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, 2/ and stresses the
importance that contributions to this Programme are not at the expense
of the General Fund;

      5.    Welcomes strengthened cooperation between the Agency and the
World Bank and other specialized agencies, and calls upon the Agency
to make a decisive contribution towards giving a fresh impetus to the
economic and social stability of the occupied territories;

      6.    Urges all Member States to extend and expedite aid and
assistance with a view to the economic and social development of the
Palestinian people and the occupied territories;

      7.    Reiterates its concern regarding the continuing seriousness
of the financial position of the Agency, as outlined in the report of
the Commissioner-General;

      8.    Commends the efforts of the Commissioner-General to move
towards budgetary transparency and internal efficiency, and hopes that
such moves will continue;

      9.    Notes with profound concern that the structural deficit
problem confronting the Agency portends an almost certain decline in
the living conditions of the Palestine refugees and that it,
therefore, has possible consequences for the peace process;

      10.   Calls upon all Governments, as a matter of urgency, to make
the most generous efforts possible to meet the anticipated needs of
the Agency, including the costs of moving the headquarters to Gaza,
urges non-contributing Governments to contribute regularly, and
encourages contributing Governments to consider increasing their
regular contributions.
                                                          83rd plenary meeting
                                                              13 December 1996


1/    Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-first Session,
Supplement No. 13 (A/51/13).

2/    A/48/486-S/26560, annex; see Official Records of the Security
Council, Forty-eighth Year, Supplement for October, November and
December 1993, document S/26560.

3/    See A/51/439, annex.


This document has been posted online by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Reproduction and dissemination of the document - in electronic and/or printed format - is encouraged, provided acknowledgement is made of the role of the United Nations in making it available.

Date last posted: 10 January 2000 10:55:20
Comments and suggestions: esa@un.org