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A/RES/51/163


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

30 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 149


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Sixth Committee (A/51/629)]


            51/163.  Report of the Committee on Relations
                     with the Host Country

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Committee on Relations with
the Host Country, 1/

      Recalling Article 105 of the Charter of the United Nations, the
Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, 2/
and the Agreement between the United Nations and the United States of
America regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations, 3/ and the
responsibilities of the host country,

      Recognizing that effective measures should continue to be taken
by the competent authorities of the host country, in particular to
prevent any acts violating the security of missions and the safety of
their personnel,

      Noting the spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding that
has guided the deliberations of the Committee on issues affecting the
United Nations community and the host country,

      Welcoming the increased interest shown by Member States in
participating in the work of the Committee,

      1.    Endorses the recommendations and conclusions of the
Committee on Relations with the Host Country contained in paragraph 65
of its report; 1/

      2.    Considers that the maintenance of appropriate conditions for
the normal work of the delegations and the missions accredited to the
United Nations is in the interests of the United Nations and all
Member States, and requests the host country to continue to take all
measures necessary to prevent any interference with the functioning of
missions;

      3.    Expresses its appreciation for the efforts made by the host
country, and hopes that the concerns raised at the meetings of the
Committee will continue to be resolved in a spirit of cooperation and
in accordance with international law;

      4.    Notes with appreciation the efforts of the Committee which
have contributed to a decrease in the amount of diplomatic
indebtedness, stresses that existing indebtedness continues to be a
matter of significant concern to the United Nations and that non-
payment of just debts tarnishes the image of the Organization itself,
and reaffirms that non-compliance with contractual obligations cannot
be condoned or justified;

      5.    Welcomes the efforts of the Committee aimed at identifying
affordable health care programmes for the diplomatic community;

      6.    Once again urges the host country to consider lifting travel
controls with regard to certain missions and to staff members of the
Secretariat of certain nationalities, and in this regard notes the
positions of the affected States, the Secretary-General and the host
country;

      7.    Notes with satisfaction the steps taken by the host country
at John F. Kennedy International Airport with regard to special
passages for members of the United Nations community, and urges the
host country to continue to take appropriate action in this regard to
ensure application of those procedures;

      8.    Calls upon the host country to review measures and
procedures relating to the parking of diplomatic vehicles, with a view
to responding to the growing needs of the diplomatic community, and to
consult with the Committee on these issues;

      9.    Requests the Secretary-General to remain actively engaged in
all aspects of the relations of the United Nations with the host
country;

      10.   Requests the Committee to continue its work, in conformity
with General Assembly resolution 2819 (XXVI) of 15 December 1971;

      11.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session the item entitled "Report of the Committee on Relations
with the Host Country".


                                                          85th plenary meeting
                                                              16 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/26; see Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-
first Session, Supplement No. 26.

2/    Resolution 22 A (I).

3/    See resolution 169 (II).

 

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