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A/RES/51/190


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

21 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 12


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

              [on the report of the Second Committee (A/51/601)]


            51/190.     Permanent sovereignty of the
                        Palestinian people in the occupied
                        Palestinian territory, including
                        Jerusalem, and of the Arab population
                        in the occupied Syrian Golan over
                        their natural resources

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/40 of 26
July 1996, 

      Reaffirming the principle of the permanent sovereignty of people
under foreign occupation over their natural resources,

      Guided by the principles of the Charter of the United Nations,
affirming the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by
force, and recalling Security Council resolutions, including
resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967, 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 other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967,

      Expressing concern at the exploitation by Israel, the occupying
Power, of the natural resources of the occupied Palestinian territory,
including Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel
since 1967,

      Aware of the additional, detrimental economic and social impact
of the Israeli settlements on Palestinian and other Arab natural
resources, especially the confiscation of land and the forced
diversion of water resources,

      Welcoming the ongoing Middle East peace process which was started
at Madrid on 30 October 1991 and which is based on Security Council
resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973 and 425 (1978)
of 19 March 1978 and the principle of land for peace, in particular
the two implementation agreements embodied in the Agreement on the
Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area of 4 May 1994 2/ and the Interim
Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip of 28 September 1995,

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General; 3/

      2.    Reaffirms the inalienable right of the Palestinian people
and the population of the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural
resources, including land and water;

      3.    Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, not to exploit, to
cause loss and depletion of or to endanger the natural resources in
the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and in the
occupied Syrian Golan;

      4.    Recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to claim
restitution as a result of any exploitation, loss or depletion of, or
danger to, their natural resources, and expresses the hope that this
issue will be dealt with in the framework of the final status
negotiation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides;

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to report to it, at its
fifty-second session, on the implementation of the present resolution,
and decides to include in the agenda of its fifty-second session an
item entitled "Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the
occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab
population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources".

                                                          86th plenary meeting
                                                              16 December 1996


                                     Notes

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

2/    A/49/180-S/1994/727, annex;  see Official Records of the Security
Council, Forty-ninth Year, Supplement for April, May and June 1994,
document S/1994/727.

3/    A/51/135-E/1996/51.

 

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