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A/RES/51/128


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

4 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 84

                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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


            51/128.     Operations of the United Nations
                        Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
                        Refugees in the Near East

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 194 (III) of 11 December 1948, 212
(III) of 19 November 1948, 302 (IV) of 8 December 1949 and all
subsequent related resolutions,

      Recalling also the relevant Security Council resolutions,

      Having considered 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/

      Taking note of the letter dated 22 September 1996 from the
Chairman of the Advisory Commission of the United Nations Relief and
Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East addressed to the
Commissioner-General, contained in the report of the Commissioner-
General, 2/

      Having considered the reports of the Secretary-General submitted
in pursuance of its resolutions 48/40 E, 3/ 48/40 H 4/ and 48/40 J 5/
of 10 December 1993 and 49/35 C of 9 December 1994, 6/

      Recalling Articles 100, 104 and 105 of the Charter of the United
Nations and the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the
United Nations, 7/

      Affirming the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to
the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August
1949, 8/ to the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967,
including Jerusalem,

      Aware of the fact that Palestine refugees have, for over four
decades, lost their homes, lands and means of livelihood,

      Also aware of the continuing needs of Palestine refugees
throughout the occupied Palestinian territory and in the other fields
of operation, namely, in Lebanon, Jordan and the Syrian Arab Republic,

      Further aware of the valuable work done by the refugee affairs
officers of the Agency in providing protection to the Palestinian
people, in particular Palestine refugees,

      Deeply concerned about the critical financial situation of the
Agency and its effect on the continuity of provision of necessary
Agency services to the Palestine refugees, including the emergency-
related programmes,

      Aware of the work of the new Peace Implementation Programme of
the Agency,

      Welcoming the signing in Washington on 13 September 1993 of the
Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements by
the Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation
Organization, 9/ and the subsequent implementation agreements,
including the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
signed in Washington on 28 September 1995,

      Taking note of the agreement reached on 24 June 1994, embodied in
an exchange of letters between the Agency and the Palestine Liberation
Organization, 10/

      Aware of the establishment of a working relationship between the
Advisory Commission of the Agency and the Palestine Liberation
Organization in accordance with General Assembly decision 48/417 of 10
December 1993,

      1.    Expresses its appreciation to the Commissioner-General of
the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in
the Near East, as well as to all the staff of the Agency, for their
tireless efforts and valuable work;

      2.    Also expresses its appreciation to the Advisory Commission
of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
in the Near East, and requests it to continue its efforts and to keep
the General Assembly informed of its activities, including the full
implementation of decision 48/417;

      3.    Welcomes the completion of the transfer of the headquarters
of the Agency to Gaza and the signing of the Headquarters Agreement
between the Agency and the Palestinian Authority;

      4.    Acknowledges the support of the host Government and the
Palestine Liberation Organization for the Agency in the discharge of
its duties;

      5.    Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to accept the de
jure applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection
of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949,8 and to abide
scrupulously by its provisions;

      6.    Also calls upon Israel to abide by Articles 100, 104 and 105
of the Charter of the United Nations and the Convention on the
Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations7 with regard to the
safety of the personnel of the Agency and the protection of its
institutions and the safeguarding of the security of the facilities of
the Agency in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem;

      7.    Calls once again upon the Government of Israel to compensate
the Agency for damages to its property and facilities resulting from
actions by the Israeli side;

      8.    Requests the Commissioner-General to proceed with the
issuance of identification cards for Palestine refugees and their
descendants in the occupied Palestinian territory;

      9.    Notes that the new context created by the signing of the
Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements by
the Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation
Organization9 and subsequent implementation agreements has had major
consequences for the activities of the Agency, which is henceforth
called upon, in close cooperation with the United Nations Special
Coordinator in the Occupied Territories, the specialized agencies and
the World Bank, to continue to contribute towards the development of
economic and social stability in the occupied territory;

      10.   Notes also that the functioning of the Agency remains
essential in all fields of operation;

      11.   Notes further the significant success of the Peace
Implementation Programme of the Agency;

      12.   Urges all States, specialized agencies and non-governmental
organizations to continue and to increase their contributions to the
Agency so as to ease current financial constraints and to support the
Agency in maintaining the provision of the most basic and effective
assistance to the Palestine refugees.

                                                          83rd plenary meeting
                                                              13 December 1996


                                     Notes

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

2/    Ibid., p. vii.

3/    A/49/440.

4/    A/49/442.

5/    A/49/443.

6/    A/50/451.

7/    Resolution 22 A (I).

8/    United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, No. 973.

9/    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.

10/    Official Records of the General Assembly, Forty-ninth Session,
Supplement No. 13 (A/49/13), annex I.

 

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