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A/RES/51/133


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

20 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 85


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

          [on the report of the Special Political and Decolonization
                   Committee (Fourth Committee) (A/51/592)]


            51/133.     Israeli settlements in the occupied
                        Palestinian territory, including
                        Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian
                        Golan

      The General Assembly,

      Guided by the principles of the Charter of the United Nations,
and affirming the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by
force,

      Recalling its relevant resolutions, as well as relevant Security
Council resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November
1967, 446 (1979) of 22 March 1979, 465 (1980) of 1 March 1980 and 497 (1981)
of 17 December 1981,

      Reaffirming the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative
to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August
1949, 1/ to the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem,
and to the occupied Syrian Golan,

      Welcoming the Middle East peace process started at Madrid and the
agreements reached between the parties, in particular the Declaration
of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements of 13 September
1993 2/ and the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
of 28 September 1995,

      Expressing grave concern over the decision of the Government of
Israel to resume settlement activities in violation of international
humanitarian law, relevant United Nations resolutions and the
agreements reached between the parties,

      Gravely concerned in particular about the dangerous situation
resulting from actions taken by the illegal armed Israeli settlers in
the occupied territory, as illustrated by the massacre of Palestinian
worshippers by an illegal Israeli settler in Al-Khalil on 25 February
1994,

      Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General, 3/

      1.    Reaffirms that Israeli settlements in the Palestinian
territory, including Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are
illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development;

      2.    Calls upon Israel 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, 1/ to the occupied Palestinian
territory, including Jerusalem, and to the occupied Syrian Golan and
to abide scrupulously by the provisions of the Convention, in
particular article 49;

      3.    Demands complete cessation of all illegal Israeli settlement
activities;

      4.    Stresses the need for full implementation of Security
Council resolution 904 (1994) of 18 March 1994, in which, among other
things, the Council called upon Israel, the occupying Power, to
continue to take and implement measures, including, inter alia,
confiscation of arms, with the aim of preventing illegal acts of
violence by Israeli settlers, and called for measures to be taken to
guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilians in
the occupied territory.


                                                          83rd plenary meeting
                                                              13 December 1996


                                     Notes

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

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/    A/51/517.

 

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