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)]

            51/129.     Palestine refugees' properties and
                        their revenues

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 194 (III) of 11 December 1948, 36/146 C
of 16 December 1981 and all its subsequent resolutions on the

      Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General in pursuance
of resolution 50/28 F of 6 December 1995, 1/

      Taking note also of the report of the United Nations Conciliation
Commission for Palestine for the period from 1 September 1995 to 31
August 1996, 2/

      Recalling that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 3/
and the principles of international law uphold the principle that no
one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his or her property,

      Recalling in particular its resolution 394 (V) of 14 December
1950, in which it directed the Conciliation Commission, in
consultation with the parties concerned, to prescribe measures for the
protection of the rights, property and interests of the Palestine Arab

      Taking note of the completion of the programme of identification
and evaluation of Arab property, as announced by the Conciliation
Commission in its twenty-second progress report, 4/ and of the fact
that the Land Office had a schedule of Arab owners and file of
documents defining the location, area and other particulars of Arab

      Recalling that in the framework of the Middle East peace process
the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Government of Israel
agreed, in the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government
Arrangements of 13 September 1993, 5/ to commence negotiations on
permanent status issues, including the important issue of the
refugees, and calling for the commencement of those negotiations,

      1.    Reaffirms that the Palestine Arab refugees are entitled to
their property and to the income derived therefrom, in conformity with
the principles of justice and equity;

      2.    Requests the Secretary-General to take all appropriate
steps, in consultation with the United Nations Conciliation Commission
for Palestine, for the protection of Arab property, assets and
property rights in Israel and to preserve and modernize the existing

      3.    Calls once more upon Israel to render all facilities and
assistance to the Secretary-General in the implementation of the
present resolution;

      4.    Calls upon all the parties concerned to provide the
Secretary-General with any pertinent information in their possession
concerning Arab property, assets and property rights in Israel that
would assist him in the implementation of the present resolution;

      5.    Urges the Palestinian and Israeli sides, as agreed between
them, to deal with the important issue of Palestine refugees'
properties and their revenues in the framework of the final status
negotiations of the Middle East peace process;

      6.    Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session on the implementation of the
present resolution.

                                                          83rd plenary meeting
                                                              13 December 1996


1/    A/51/371.

2/    A/51/439.

3/    Resolution 217 A (III).

4/    Official Records of the General Assembly, Nineteenth Session,
Annexes, Annex No. 11, document A/5700.

5/    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.


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