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A/RES/51/198


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

20 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 40


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

         [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.57 and Add.1)]


            51/198.  United Nations Mission for the
                     Verification of Human Rights and of
                     Compliance with the Commitments of the
                     Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights
                     in Guatemala


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 45/15 of 20 November 1990, 46/109 A of
17 December 1991, 47/118 of 18 December 1992, 48/161 of
20 December 1993 and 48/267 of 19 September 1994, in which it decided
to establish the Mission for the Verification of Human Rights and of
Compliance with the Commitments of the Comprehensive Agreement on
Human Rights in Guatemala, and its resolutions 49/137 of
19 December 1994, 49/236 A of 31 March 1995, 49/236 B of
14 September 1995 and, in particular, 50/220 of 3 April 1996, in which
it decided to authorize the renewal of the mandate of the Mission for
a further period of nine months and thirteen days, that is, until
31 December 1996,

      Taking into account the note by the Secretary-General
transmitting the fifth report of the Director of the Mission, 1/

      Taking note of the conclusions and recommendations contained in
the fifth report of the Director of the Mission, regarding compliance
by the Government of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional
Guatemalteca with their commitments under the Comprehensive Agreement
on Human Rights 2/ and the human rights aspects of the Agreement on
Identity and Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 3/

      Acknowledging the support given to the Mission by the Government
of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca,

      Welcoming the steps taken by the Government of Guatemala to
combat impunity,

      Also welcoming the de facto cessation of hostilities as a result
of confidence-building measures taken by both parties,

      Encouraged by the progress made in the peace process as reflected
in the signing of the Agreement on Social and Economic Aspects and
Agrarian  Situation 4/ and the signing of the Agreement on the
Strengthening of Civilian Power and on the Role of the Armed Forces in
a Democratic Society, 5/ as well as the announcement by the parties
that the agreement on a firm and lasting peace will be signed on
29 December 1996 in Guatemala City,

      Recalling the request of the parties that the United Nations
should verify all the agreements signed by them as reflected in the
Framework Agreement for the Resumption of the Negotiating Process
between the Government of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria
Nacional Guatemalteca 6/ of 10 January 1994,

      Acknowledging the efforts of the Secretary-General, the Group of
Friends of the Guatemala peace process, 7/ the United Nations
system and other international agencies in support of the peace
process,

      Having considered the recommendations of the Secretary-General
regarding the renewal of the mandate of the Mission contained in his
report on the Mission, 8/

      1.    Welcomes the report of the Secretary-General on the United
Nations Mission for the Verification of Human Rights and of Compliance
with the Commitments of the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights in
Guatemala; 8/

      2.    Takes note with satisfaction of the fifth report of the
Director of the Mission; 1/

      3.    Calls upon the Government of Guatemala and the Unidad
Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca to continue their efforts to
comply with their commitments under the Comprehensive Agreement on
Human Rights 2/ and the human rights aspects of the Agreement on
Identity and Rights of Indigenous Peoples; 3/

      4.    Encourages the parties to maintain the current momentum of
the negotiating process in order to ensure that, as they have agreed,
the agreement on a firm and lasting peace will be signed on
29 December 1996;

      5.    Decides to authorize the renewal of the mandate of the
Mission until 31 March 1997, in accordance with the recommendations of
the Secretary-General;

      6.    Invites the international community to intensify its support
for the peace process, and in particular for the implementation of the
peace agreements, inter alia, through voluntary contributions to the
Trust Fund for the Guatemala Peace Process established by the
Secretary-General;

      7.    Requests the Secretary-General to submit recommendations as
soon as possible on how the structure and staffing of the Mission
should be redesigned to enable the Mission to fulfil its new
responsibilities after the signing of the agreement on a firm and
lasting peace, and to keep the General Assembly fully informed of the
implementation of the present resolution.

                                                          87th plenary meeting
                                                              17 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    See A/50/1006.

2/    A/48/928-S/1994/448, annex I; see Official Records of the
Security Council, Forty-ninth Year, Supplement for April, May and June
1994, document S/1994/448.

3/    A/49/882-S/1995/256, annex; see Official Records of the Security
Council, Fiftieth Year, Supplement for April, May and June 1995,
document S/1995/256.

4/    A/50/956, annex.

5/    A/51/410-S/1996/853, annex; see Official Records of the Security
Council, Fifty-first Year, Supplement for October, November and
December 1996, document S/1996/853.

6/    A/49/61-S/1994/53, annex; see Official Records of the Security
Council, Forty-ninth Year, Supplement for January, February and March
1994, document  S/1994/53.

7/    The Group of Friends is composed of Colombia, Mexico, Norway,
Spain, the United States of America and Venezuela.

8/    A/51/695-S/1996/998; see Official Records of the Security
Council, Fifty-first Year, Supplement for October, November and
December 1996, document S/1996/998.

 

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