United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

26 February 1997


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 109


               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/51/618)]

            51/82.      The right of the Palestinian people to

      The General Assembly,

      Aware that the development of friendly relations among nations,
based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-
determination of peoples, is among the purposes and principles of the
United Nations, as defined in its Charter,

      Recalling the International Covenants on Human Rights, 1/ the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 2/ the Declaration on the
Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples 3/ and the
Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted at the World
Conference on Human Rights on 25 June 1993, 4/

      Recalling also the Declaration on the Occasion of the Fiftieth
Anniversary of the United Nations, 5/

      Noting the developments in the Middle East peace process,
including the mutual recognition and the signing of the Declaration of
Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements in Washington on
13 September 1993 by the Palestine Liberation Organization, the
representative of the Palestinian people, and the Government of
Israel, 6/ as well as the ensuing implementation agreements, in
particular the interim agreement of 28 September 1995,

      Affirming the right of all States in the region to live in peace
within secure and internationally recognized borders,

      1.    Reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-

      2.    Expresses the hope that the Palestinian people will soon be
exercising their right to self-determination in the current peace

      3.    Urges all States and the specialized agencies and
organizations of the United Nations system to continue to support and
assist the Palestinian people in their quest for self-determination.

                                                          82nd plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1996


1/    Resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.

2/    Resolution 217 A (III).

3/    Resolution 1514 (XV).

4/    A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. III.

5/    Resolution 50/6.

6/    See Official Records of the Security Council, Forty-eighth Year,
Supplement for October, November and December 1993, document S/26560,


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