GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEMANDS END TO ISR"LI SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY IN OCCUPIED LANDS, PROTECTION FOR PALESTINIAN CIVILIANS

3 December 1998
GA/9525

GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEMANDS END TO ISR"LI SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY IN OCCUPIED LANDS, PROTECTION FOR PALESTINIAN CIVILIANS

3 December 1998


Press Release
GA/9525


GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEMANDS END TO ISRAELI SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY IN OCCUPIED LANDS, PROTECTION FOR PALESTINIAN CIVILIANS

19981203 Text is Among Many Adopted from Fourth Committee; Issues of Decolonization, Peacekeeping, Outer Space, Information also Addressed

The General Assembly this afternoon demanded that Israel cease construction of the new settlement at Jabal Abu Ghneim and all settlement activities in the occupied territories, as it took action on a wide range of draft resolutions contained in the report of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization).

By one of five resolutions adopted this afternoon which related to Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories, the Assembly reaffirmed that those settlements are illegal and an obstacle to peace, as well as to economic and social development.

Also by that text, adopted by 150 votes in favour to 3 against (Israel, United States, Federated States of Micronesia) with 2 abstentions (Swaziland, Marshall Islands), the Assembly called upon Israel to continue taking measures, including the confiscation of arms, with the aim of preventing illegal acts of violence by Israeli settlers. It also called for measures to be taken to guarantee the safety and protection of Palestinian civilians in the occupied territory. (For details of the voting, see Annex IX.)

Adopted without a vote were Fourth Committee texts dealing with the effects of atomic radiation; international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space; review of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects; questions relating to information; and the financing of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The Assembly also adopted the Committee's recommendations on issues relating to implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples. Those include information from Non-Self- Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 e of the United Nations Charter, economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories, implementation of the

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Declaration on decolonization by United Nations specialized agencies and international institutions, and offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of non-self-governing Territories.

Also this afternoon, the Assembly acted directly on texts relating to implementation of the decolonization Declaration (General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960), and the dissemination of information on decolonization.

By the text on implementation of the Decolonization declaration, the Assembly called upon the administering Powers to eliminate the remaining military bases in the Non-Self-Governing Territories in compliance with the relevant resolutions, and urged them not to involve those Territories in any offensive acts or interfere against other States. That text was adopted by 144 votes in favour to 2 against (United Kingdom, United States), with 18 abstentions. (Annex XVI.)

On the dissemination of information on decolonization, the Assembly requested the Department of Political Affairs and the Department of Public Information (DPI) to take into account suggestions of the Special Committee on Decolonization to continue their efforts to publicize United Nations work in the field of decolonization through all available media, including publications, radio and television, and the Internet. That text was adopted by 156 votes in favour to 3 against (United Kingdom, United States, Israel) with 3 abstentions (France, Federated States of Micronesia, Russian Federation). (Annex XVII.)

By 151 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 4 abstentions (Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Zambia, Cameroon), the Assembly demanded that Israel, as the occupying Power, cease all practices and actions which violate the human rights of the Palestinian people. It also determined that all Israeli actions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, in violation of the relevant provisions of the Geneva Convention and Security Council resolutions, are illegal and have no validity. (Annex X.)

The Assembly reaffirmed the applicability of the 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War to the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and to the other occupied Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967. It demanded that Israel accept the de jure applicability of the Convention in those areas and that it comply scrupulously with its provisions. The resolution was adopted by 155 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia). (Annex VIII.)

By 86 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 67 abstentions, the Assembly deplored Israeli policies and practices which violate the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the

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occupied territories, as reflected in the reports of the Israeli practices Committee. It expressed concern about the deterioration of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, as a result of those practices and about the difficulties confronting the Middle East peace process. (Annex VII.)

By a text on the occupied Syrian Golan, the Assembly called upon Israel to comply with the relevant resolutions, in particular Security Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council decided that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect. It also called upon Israel to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the Syrian Golan and to desist from the establishment of settlements. That text was adopted by 150 in favour to 1 against (Israel) with 6 abstentions (United States, Marshall Islands, Zambia, Uruguay, Federated States of Micronesia, Swaziland). (Annex XI.)

The Assembly also adopted seven resolutions on the activities of UNRWA. By 157 votes in favour to 1 against (Israel) with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, United States), it noted with profound concern that the structural deficit problem confronting the Agency portends an almost certain decline in the living conditions of the Palestine refugees, with possible consequences for the peace process. The Assembly called upon all governments, as a matter of urgency, to make the most generous efforts possible to meet the anticipated needs of UNRWA. Further, it urged non-contributing governments to contribute regularly, and called on all Member States to extend and expedite aid and assistance with a view to the economic and social development of the Palestinian people and the occupied territories. (Annex I.)

By 156 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States) with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia), the Assembly reaffirmed the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967. It also expressed hope for an accelerated return of displaced people through the mechanism agreed upon by the parties in their 1993 Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements. (Annex II.)

The Assembly reaffirmed that the Palestinian refugees are entitled to their property and to income derived therefrom, in conformity with the principles of justice and equity. It urged the Palestinian and Israeli sides to deal with the important issue of the properties of refugees and their revenues in the framework of the final status negotiations of the Middle East peace process. That text was adopted by 156 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States) with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia). (Annex V.)

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By a text on the operations of UNRWA, adopted by 157 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States) with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Zambia), the Assembly called upon Israel, as the occupying Power, to abide by the United Nations Charter and the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations with regard to the safety of the Agency's personnel, the protection of its institutions and the safeguarding of the security of its facilities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem. (Annex IV.)

Under a draft on offers by Member States of grants and scholarships for higher education, including vocational training, for Palestine refugees, the Assembly strongly appealed to all States, specialized agencies and non- governmental organizations to augment the special allocations for grants and scholarships, in addition to their contributions to the regular budget of UNRWA. That resolution was approved by 160 votes in favour, none against with 1 abstention (Israel). (Annex III.)

Regarding a draft on the University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds" for Palestine refugees, adopted by 156 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States) with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Zambia), the Assembly emphasized the need to strengthen the educational system in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel, including Jerusalem, and specifically the need for the establishment of the proposed university. The Assembly also called upon Israel, as the occupying Power, to remove the hindrances it had placed in the way of establishing the University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds". (Annex VI.)

Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted a resolution by which it asked the Working Group on the Financing of UNRWA to continue its efforts in cooperation with the Secretary-General and the Commissioner-General, for the financing of the Agency for a further period of one year.

Also without a vote, the Assembly adopted a two-part resolution on questions relating to information. By draft A on information in the service of humanity, the Assembly urged countries, organizations of the United Nations system and all others concerned to ensure for journalists the free and effective performance of their professional tasks and to condemn resolutely all attacks against them; and to support the continuation and strengthening of practical training programmes for broadcasters and journalists from public, private and other media in developing countries.

By draft B on United Nations public information policies and activities, the Assembly emphasized that through its reorientation, the Department of Public Information (DPI) should maintain and improve its activities in the areas of special interest to the developing countries and others with special needs, including countries in transition. It encouraged the Secretary-General to explore ways of improving global access to airwaves of United Nations Radio and through partnerships with other media services, bearing in mind that radio is one of the most cost-effective and far-reaching media available to DPI.

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The Secretary-General was asked to report on the design and scope of a pilot project on the development of the United Nations international radio broadcasting capacity,

The Assembly decided to increase the membership of the Committee on Information from 90 to 93 members, and to appoint Angola, the Republic of Moldova and the Solomon Islands as new members.

Regarding decolonization matters, the Assembly adopted without a vote resolutions relating to the Non-Self-Governing Territories of Gibraltar, New Caledonia, Tokelau and Western Sahara. It took note with satisfaction of the progress achieved in the implementation of the settlement plan for Western Sahara and called upon Morocco and the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguia el-Hamra y de Río de Oro (POLISARIO) to cooperate fully with the Secretary-General, his Personal Envoy, and his Special Representative in implementing the various phases of the plan.

On Gibraltar, the Assembly urged the Governments of Spain and the United Kingdom to continue their negotiations with the object of reaching a definitive solution to the problem of Gibraltar in the light of relevant Assembly resolutions and in the spirit of the United Nations Charter.

Regarding New Caledonia, the Assembly invited all the parties involved to continue promoting a framework for the peaceful progress of the Territory towards an act of self-determination in which all options were open and which would safeguard the rights of all New Caledonians, according to the letter and spirit of the Matignon and Noumea Accords, which are based on the principle that it is for the populations of New Caledonia to choose how to control their destiny.

With respect to Tokelau, the Assembly welcomed the assurances by the Government of New Zealand that it would meet its obligations to the United Nations with respect to that Territory and abide by the freely-expressed wishes Tokelau's people with regard to their future status.

The Assembly also adopted, without a vote, an omnibus resolution relating to the 11 Non-Self-Governing territories of American Samoa, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guam, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United States Virgin Islands. It called upon the administering Powers, in cooperation with the respective territorial governments, to continue to take all necessary measures to counter problems related to drug-trafficking, money-laundering and other offences. The administering Powers, in cooperation with the territorial governments, were also asked to facilitate programmes of political education in the Territories in order to foster an awareness among the people of their right to self-determination.

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In other action, the Assembly adopted a draft resolution on information from Non-Self-Governing Territories by 156 votes in favour to none against, with 5 abstentions (United States, Israel, United Kingdom, Monaco, France). By that text, it requested the administering Powers concerned to transmit to the Secretary-General the information prescribed in Article 73 e of the Charter. (Annex XII.)

By a vote of 154 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States) with 5 abstentions (France, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, United Kingdom), the Assembly adopted a resolution on the activities of foreign economic and other interests which affect the implementation of the decolonization Declaration. By its terms, the Assembly reaffirmed the responsibility of the administering Powers to promote the political, economic, social and educational advancement of Non-Self-Governing Territories, as well as the right of their peoples over their natural resources. (Annex XIII.)

Under terms of a draft decision on the military activities and arrangements, the Assembly deplored the continued alienation of land in colonial and Non-Self-Governing Territories, particularly in the small island Territories of the Pacific and Caribbean regions. That draft was adopted by a vote of 99 in favour to 54 against, with 1 abstention (Belarus). (Annex XIV.)

A draft on implementation of the decolonization Declaration by United Nations specialized agencies was adopted by 112 votes in favour, none against and 51 abstentions. By its terms, the Assembly requested the administering Powers to facilitate the participation of representatives of Non-Self- Governing Territories in the relevant meetings and conferences of those agencies. (Annex XV.)

Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted a text by which it urged the administering Powers to ensure widespread and continuous dissemination in the Territories under their administration of information relating to offers of study and training facilities made by States and to provide all the necessary facilities to enable students to avail themselves of such offers.

Also without a vote, the Assembly adopted draft resolutions relating to the effects of atomic radiation; international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space; and the review of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects.

On atomic radiation, the Assembly decided to maintain the present functions and independent role of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic radiation, including the present reporting arrangements.

Regarding outer space, the Assembly endorsed the recommendations of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including those pertaining to its two subcommittees -- the Legal Subcommittee and the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee.

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By the text on peacekeeping, the Assembly urged Member States, the Secretariat and relevant organs of the United Nations to take all necessary steps to implement the proposals, recommendations and conclusions of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping. It also decided that the Special Committee shall continue its efforts for a review of the whole peacekeeping question.

Syria's representative, as Rapporteur of the Special Committee on decolonization, introduced that body's recommendations. The representative of Cote d'Ivoire, as Rapporteur of the Fourth Committee, introduced the reports of that body. Statements were also made by the representatives of Nigeria and Papua New Guinea.

The representative of the United Kingdom spoke in explanation of vote on the decolonization resolutions relating to implementation of the Declarations and the dissemination of information.

The General Assembly will meet again at 10 a.m. tomorrow, 4 December, to take action on the reports of its First Committee (Disarmament and International Security).

Assembly Work Programme

The General Assembly met this afternoon to take action on reports of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization). They address the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 e of the United Nations Charter, economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories, implementation of the Declaration on decolonization by United Nations specialized agencies and international institutions, and offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

The reports also address: effects of atomic radiation; international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space; review of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects; questions relating to information; the activities of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); and the report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.

The Assembly was also expected to act directly on two draft resolutions relating to the report of the Special Committee on decolonization. The two texts concern implementation of the Declaration on decolonization (General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960), and the dissemination of information on decolonization.

By the text on implementation of the Decolonization Declaration (document A/53/L.58), the Assembly would call upon the administering Powers to eliminate remaining military bases in the Non-Self-Governing Territories in compliance with the relevant resolutions, and urge them not to involve those Territories in any offensive acts or interference against other States. The Assembly would also call upon the administering Powers to ensure that foreign economic activities in the Non-Self-Governing Territories under their administration are directed to assist the peoples of those Territories in the exercise of their right to self-determination.

By other terms of that text, the Assembly would call upon the administering Powers to take all necessary steps to enable the peoples of the Territories concerned to exercise fully as soon as possible their right to self-determination, including independence. It would urge all States and request the administering Powers, in consultation with the Governments of the Territories, to take steps to enlist and make effective use of all possible assistance in the strengthening of the economies of those Territories.

Further, the draft would have the Assembly reaffirm its determination to continue to take all steps necessary to bring about the complete and speedy eradication of colonialism, and the faithful observance by all States of the

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relevant provisions of the United Nations Charter, the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The Assembly would continue to pay special attention to the small Territories, particularly through the dispatch of regular visiting missions, and to recommend that more suitable steps be taken to enable the populations of those Territories to exercise their right to self-determination and independence.

The draft is sponsored by Antigua and Barbuda, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Fiji, Grenada, Indonesia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Sierra Leone, Syria and Trinidad and Tobago.

By a draft resolution on the dissemination of information on decolonization (document A/53/23), Part II, chap. III, para. 12, the Assembly would request the Department of Political Affairs and Department of Public Information (DPI) to take into account the suggestions of the Special Committee on Decolonization to continue their efforts to publicize the United Nations work in the field of decolonization through all available media, including publications, radio and television, and the Internet.

Further, those efforts would include collecting, preparing and disseminating basic materials on self-determination, particularly to the Territories, and to seek full cooperation of the administering Powers. The involvement of non-governmental organizations on decolonization would also be encouraged.

The Committee's report on the effects of atomic radiation (document A/53/595) contains one draft resolution, which was approved on 19 October without a vote. By its terms, the Assembly would decide to maintain the present functions and independent role of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, including the present reporting arrangements. The Assembly would request the Scientific Committee to continue its work, including its important activities to increase knowledge of the levels, effects and risks of ionizing radiation from all sources. By other terms, the Assembly would also request the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to continue providing support for the effective conduct of the work of the Committee and for the dissemination of its findings to the Assembly, the scientific community and the public. In addition, the Assembly would invite Member States, United Nations bodies and non-governmental organizations to provide the Scientific Committee with data about doses, effects and risks from various sources of radiation.

The Fourth Committee's report on international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space (document A/53/596) contains a draft resolution which was approved without a vote on 27 October. By its terms, the Assembly would take action on a number of space-related issues, including the work of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. The Assembly would also endorse the recommendations of the Outer Space Committee, including

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recommendations pertaining to its two subcommittees -- the Legal Subcommittee and Scientific and Technical Subcommittee.

Under the terms of that text, the Assembly would have the Legal Subcommittee, taking into consideration the concerns of all countries, particularly the developing countries, continue its consideration of review and possible revision of the Principles Relevant to the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space. That Subcommittee should also continue its review of the five international legal instruments governing outer space and establish a working group to consider that item. Other issues to be considered include matters relating to the definition and delimitation of outer space and to the character and utilization of the geostationary orbit without prejudice to the role of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Also by terms of the text, the Assembly would note with satisfaction that the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee continued to consider, on a priority basis, the agenda item on space debris and that the work of the Subcommittee at its thirty-fifth session concentrated on the topic of space debris mitigation measures, on the basis of the multi-year work plan adopted by the Subcommittee at its thirty-second session.

According to that text, the Assembly would endorse the recommendations of the Outer Space Committee in preparation for the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) to be held in Vienna from 19 to 30 July 1999. The Assembly would also agree that, in view of the abbreviated schedule of work of the Outer Space Committee at its forty-second session and the preparatory work to be conducted for UNISPACE III, the Committee should suspend its work on the following items for one year, to be resumed at its forty-third session: consideration of ways and means of maintaining outer space for peaceful purposes; and consideration of the item entitled "Spin-off benefits of space technology: review of current status".

Also according to that text, the Assembly would urge all States, in particular those with major space capabilities, to contribute actively to the goal of preventing an arms race in outer space as an essential condition for the promotion of international cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes. Moreover, it would recommend that more attention be paid to all aspects related to the protection and the preservation of the outer space environment, especially those potentially affecting the Earth's environment.

The Assembly also has before it the Fourth Committee's report on UNRWA (document A/53/597), which contains seven draft resolutions approved on 19 November.

Draft resolution I, on assistance to Palestine refugees, was approved by a recorded vote of 122 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 1 abstention

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(United States). Under its provisions, the Assembly would note with profound concern that the structural deficit problem confronting UNRWA portends an almost certain decline in the living conditions of the Palestine refugees, with possible consequences, therefore, for the peace process. In addition, the Assembly would call upon all governments, as a matter of urgency, to make the most generous efforts possible to meet the anticipated needs of UNRWA. Further, it would urge non-contributing governments to contribute regularly, and call on all Member States to extend and expedite aid and assistance with a view to the economic and social development of the Palestinian people and the occupied territories.

Draft resolution II, which was approved without a vote, would have the Assembly ask the Working Group on the Financing of UNRWA to continue its efforts in cooperation with the Secretary-General and the Commissioner- General, for the financing of the Agency for a further period of one year. It would also request the Secretary-General to provide the necessary services and assistance to the Working Group for the conduct of its work.

Draft resolution III, which was approved by 122 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with no abstentions, would have the Assembly reaffirm the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967. The Assembly would also express hope for an accelerated return of displaced people through the mechanism agreed upon by the parties in their 1993 Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements.

Draft resolution IV, which was approved by a recorded vote of 126 in favour to none against, with 1 abstention (Israel), concerns offers by Member States of grants and scholarships for higher education, including vocational training, for Palestine refugees. By its terms the Assembly would strongly appeal to all States, specialized agencies and non-governmental organizations to augment the special allocations for grants and scholarships to Palestine refugees, in addition to their contributions to the regular budget of the UNRWA. It would also ask the Agency to act as the recipient and trustee for the special allocations for grants and scholarships, and to award them to qualified Palestine refugee candidates.

Draft resolution V, on the operations of UNRWA, was approved by 124 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention (Zambia). It would have the Assembly call upon Israel, as the occupying Power, to accept the de jure applicability of the 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, and to abide scrupulously by its provisions. The Assembly would call upon Israel to abide by the United Nations Charter and the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations with regard to the safety of the personnel of the Agency, the protection of its institutions and the safeguarding of the

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security of the facilities of the Agency in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem.

Draft resolution VI was approved by recorded vote of 123 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with no abstentions and concerns Palestine refugees' properties and their revenues. It would have the Assembly reaffirm that the Palestinian refugees are entitled to their property and to income derived therefrom, in conformity with the principles of justice and equity. The Assembly would urge the Palestinian and Israeli sides, as agreed between them, to deal with the important issue of the properties of refugees and their revenues in the framework of the final status negotiations of the Middle East peace process.

Draft resolution VII was approved by a recorded vote of 125 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention (Zambia) and concerns the University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds" for Palestine refugees, by which the Assembly would emphasize the need to strengthen the educational system in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel, including Jerusalem, and specifically the need for the establishment of the proposed university. The Assembly would also call upon Israel, as the occupying Power, to cooperate in the implementation of the present resolution and to remove the hindrances that it had placed in the way of establishing the University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds".

The Fourth Committee report on the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (document A/53/598) contains five draft resolutions which were approved on 19 November.

Draft resolution I, on the work of the Israeli Practices Committee, was approved by a recorded vote of 72 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 55 abstentions. It would have the Assembly express concern about the deterioration of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, as a result of Israeli practices and measures and the difficulties confronting the Middle East peace process. The Assembly would deplore those policies and practices of Israel which violate the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories, as reflected in the reports of the Special Committee covering the reporting period. It would also request the Special Committee to submit regularly to the Secretary-General periodic reports on the current situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem.

Draft resolution II was approved by 127 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention (Swaziland). It would have the Assembly reaffirm the applicability of the Geneva Convention to the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967. The Assembly would demand that Israel, as the occupying Power, accept the de jure applicability of the

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Convention in those areas and that it comply scrupulously with the provisions of the Convention.

Draft resolution III, which was approved by a recorded vote of 127 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention (Swaziland), concerns Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem and the occupied Syrian Golan. By its terms, the Assembly would demand the cessation of the construction of the new settlement in Jabal Abu Ghneim and of all Israeli settlement activities in the occupied territory. It would reaffirm that the Israeli settlements are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development.

Also by that text, the Assembly would stress the need for full implementation of Security Council resolution 904 of 18 March 1994, in which, among other things, the Council called upon Israel to continue to take and implement measures, including inter alia, the confiscation of arms, with the aim of preventing illegal acts of violence by Israeli settlers. The resolution also calls for measures to be taken to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilians in the occupied territory.

Draft resolution IV, approved by 126 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Swaziland, Zambia), concerns Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem. It would have the Assembly demand that Israel, the occupying Power, cease all practices and actions which violate the human rights of the Palestinian people. It would determine that actions taken by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, in violation of the relevant provisions of the Geneva Convention and Security Council resolutions, are illegal and have no validity.

In addition, the Assembly would stress the need to preserve the territorial integrity of all the occupied Palestinian territory and to guarantee the freedom of movement of persons and goods within the Palestinian territory, including the removal of restrictions on movement into and from East Jerusalem, and the freedom of movement to and from the outside world. It would also call upon Israel to accelerate the release of all remaining Palestinians arbitrarily detained or imprisoned.

Draft resolution V, on the occupied Syrian Golan, was approved on 19 November by a recorded vote of 127 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 3 abstentions (Swaziland, United States, Zambia). It would have the Assembly call upon Israel, as the occupying Power, to comply with the relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan. It would cite, in particular, Security Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council decided that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect, and demanded that Israel should rescind that decision.

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Further, by that text, the Assembly would also call upon Israel to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan and in particular to desist from the establishment of settlements. It would determine that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken or to be taken by Israel constitute a flagrant violation of international law and of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and have no legal effect.

The report on the question of peacekeeping operations (document A/53/599) contains one draft resolution, approved without a vote on 4 November. By its terms, the Assembly would urge Member States, the Secretariat and relevant organs of the United Nations to take all necessary steps to implement the proposals, recommendations and conclusions of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations. The Assembly would also decide that the Special Committee, in accordance with its mandate, shall continue its efforts for a comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects to enhance the capacity of the United Nations to fulfil its responsibilities in this field.

By further terms of that draft, the Assembly would reiterate that those Member States that become personnel contributors to United Nations peacekeeping operations in years to come, or participate in the future in the Special Committee for three consecutive years as observers, shall, upon request in writing to the Chairman of the Committee, become members of the Committee's following session.

The report on questions relating to information (document A/53/600) contains a two-part draft resolution, as well as a draft decision concerning the membership of the Committee on Information. The draft texts were approved by the Fourth Committee without a vote on 17 November.

By draft resolution A, on information in the service of humanity, the Assembly should aim at enabling those countries and their public, private and other media to develop their own information and communication policies freely and independently; to increase participation by the media and individuals in the communication process; and to ensure the free flow of information at all levels.

Also by that text, the Assembly would urge countries, organizations of the United Nations system and all others concerned to ensure for journalists the free and effective performance of their professional tasks and to condemn resolutely all attacks against them; and to support the continuation and strengthening of practical training programmes for broadcasters and journalists from public, private and other media in developing countries.

By the terms of draft resolution B on United Nations public information policies and activities, the Assembly would emphasize that through its

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reorientation, the DPI should maintain and improve its activities in the areas of special interest to the developing countries and others with special needs, including countries in transition. Such reorientation should contribute to bridging the gap between the developing and developed countries in the crucial field of information and communications. The Assembly would also reaffirm the importance of United Nations information centres.

Further by that draft, the Assembly would encourage the Secretary- General to explore ways and means of improving global access to airwaves of United Nations Radio and through partnerships with other media services, bearing in mind that radio is one of the most cost-effective and far-reaching media available to DPI. It would also underline the continued importance of traditional and mass media channels in disseminating United Nations information. The Secretary-General would be asked to report on the design and scope of a pilot project on the development of the United Nations international radio broadcasting capacity, which would be considered by the Committee on Information at its twenty-first session in 1999. The Assembly would note, in that context, that the DPI intended to contact Member States in order to ascertain their preparedness to provide technical facilities for the pilot project and to include that information in the Secretary-General's report.

The draft decision would have the Assembly decide to increase the membership of the Committee on Information from 90 to 93 members, and to appoint Angola, the Republic of Moldova and the Solomon Islands as new members.

Contained in the Committee's report on information from Non-Self- Governing Territories (document A/53/601) is a draft resolution by which the Assembly would request the administering Powers concerned to transmit to the Secretary-General the information prescribed in Article 73 e of the Charter, as well as the fullest possible information on political and constitutional developments in the Territories concerned. The Secretary-General would be requested to continue to ensure that adequate information was drawn from all available published sources in connection with the preparation of working papers relating to the Territories concerned. The draft was approved on 13 October by a recorded vote of 116 in favour to none against, with 5 abstentions (France, Israel, Monaco, United Kingdom, United States).

The Committee's report on economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories (document A/53/602) contains a draft resolution and a draft decision. The draft resolution, approved on 13 October by a recorded vote of 120 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 3 abstentions (France, Monaco, United Kingdom) would have the Assembly reaffirm the right of the peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories to self-determination in conformity with the United Nations Charter and with General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV), containing the Declaration on decolonization. It would also reaffirm the

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responsibility of the administering Powers under the Charter to promote the political, economic, social and educational advancement of Non-Self-Governing Territories, as well as the rights of their peoples over their natural resources.

By a draft decision on military activities and arrangements by colonial Powers in Territories under their administration, the Assembly would deplore the continued alienation of land in colonial and Non-Self-Governing Territories, particularly in the small island Territories of the Pacific and Caribbean regions, for military purposes. The Assembly would also reiterate that the colonial and Non-Self-Governing Territories and adjacent areas should not be used for nuclear testing, dumping of nuclear wastes or deployment of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. Aware of the presence of such bases and installations in those Territories, the Assembly would urge the administering Powers concerned to continue to take all necessary measures not to involve those Territories in offensive acts or interference against other States. That draft was approved on 13 October by a recorded vote of 74 in favour to 44 against, with 2 abstentions (Belarus, Russian Federation).

The Committee's report on implementation of the Decolonization Declaration by United Nations specialized agencies and other bodies (document A/53/603) contains one draft resolution which was approved on 13 October by a recorded vote of 85 in favour to none against, with 41 abstentions. By its terms, the Assembly would request the administering Powers to facilitate the participation of representatives of Non-Self- Governing Territories in the relevant meetings and conferences of the specialized agencies. The Secretary-General would be requested to continue to assist those bodies in working out appropriate measures for implementing the relevant resolutions of the United Nations and to report on their implementation.

By other terms of that text, the Assembly would request, among other measures, those bodies to provide information on environmental problems facing the Territories; the impact of natural disasters, such as hurricanes and volcanoes, on the Territories; ways and means to assist the Territories in fighting drug trafficking, money laundering and other illegal and criminal activities; and the illegal exploitation of the marine resources for the benefit of the peoples of the Territories.

The report on offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories (document A/53/604), was approved on 13 October without a vote. By the terms of the text, the Assembly would invite all States to make or continue to make generous offers of study and training facilities to the inhabitants of those Territories that had not yet attained self-government or independence and, wherever possible, to provide travel funds to prospective students.

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Also according to the text, the Assembly would urge the administering Powers to take effective measures to ensure the widespread and continuous dissemination in the Territories under their administration of information relating to offers of study and training facilities made by States, and to provide all the necessary facilities to enable students to avail themselves of such offers.

The Fourth Committee's report on implementation of the Decolonization declaration (document A/53/594) contains five draft resolutions and one draft decision, all approved without a vote on 13 October.

Draft I on Western Sahara, would have the Assembly note with satisfaction the progress achieved in connection with the implementation of the settlement plan and, in this respect, would call upon Morocco and the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguia el-Hamra y de Río de Oro (POLISARIO) to cooperate fully with the Secretary-General, his Personal Envoy, James A. Baker III, and his Special Representative, Charles Dunbar, in implementing the various phases of the plan.

The Assembly would reiterate its support for further efforts of the Secretary-General for the organization and supervision by the United Nations, in cooperation with the Organization of African Unity (OAU), of a referendum for self-determination of the people of Western Sahara that was impartial and free of all countries, in conformity with Security Council resolutions 658 (1990) and 690 (1991), by which the Council approved the settlement plan for Western Sahara.

Draft II, regarding the question of New Caledonia would have the Assembly invite all the parties involved to continue promoting a framework for the peaceful progress of the Territory towards an act of self-determination in which all options were open and which would safeguard the rights of all New Caledonians, according to the letter and spirit of the Matignon and Noumea Accords, which are based on the principle that it is for the populations of New Caledonia to choose how to control their destiny.

Draft III, on the question of Gibraltar, would have the Assembly urge the Governments of Spain and the United Kingdom to continue their negotiations with the object of reaching a definitive solution to the problem of Gibraltar in the light of relevant Assembly resolutions and in the spirit of the United Nations Charter.

Draft IV contains two Parts: The first Part of the resolution contains an omnibus resolution on the 11 Non-Self-Governing Territories which would have the Assembly call upon the administering Powers, in cooperation with the respective territorial governments, to continue to take all necessary measures to counter problems related to drug trafficking, money laundering and other offences. The administering Powers, in cooperation with the territorial governments, would also be asked to facilitate programmes of political

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education in the Territories in order to foster an awareness among the people of their right to self-determination.

The second Part of the resolution deals with specific conditions in each Territory. Those Territories are America Samoa, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guam, Monteserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United States Virgin Islands.

By section I on American Samoa, the administering Power, bearing in mind the views of the people of the Territory ascertained through a democratic process, would be asked to keep the Secretary-General informed of the wishes and aspirations of the people regarding their future political status.

Under the section II on Anguilla, the Assembly would request the administering Power, bearing in mind the views of the people of the Territory ascertained through a democratic process, to keep the Secretary-General informed of the wishes and aspirations of the people of the Territory regarding their future political status.

Regarding section III on Bermuda, the Assembly would request the administering Power to elaborate, in consultation with the territorial Government, programmes of development specifically intended to alleviate the economic, social and environmental consequences of the closure of certain military bases and installations in the Territory.

By terms of the section IV on the British Virgin Islands, the Assembly would request the administering Power, the specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations system and all financial institutions to continue to provide assistance for socio-economic development and the development of human resources, bearing in mind the vulnerability of the Territory to external factors.

Section V on the Cayman Islands, would have the Assembly call upon the administering Power and the territorial Government to cooperate in countering problems related to money laundering, smuggling of funds and other related crimes, as well as drug trafficking. The administering Power, in consultation with the territorial Government, would also be requested to continue to facilitate the expansion of the current programme of securing employment for the local population, in particular at the decision-making level.

Section VI on Guam was initially brought before the Fourth Committee as a stand-alone draft resolution. However, that text was deferred on 13 October at the request of the United States. After the concerned parties reached a consensus, the draft was approved without a vote and incorporated into the omnibus draft on 17 November.

By the terms of that text, the Assembly would request the administering Power to cooperate in establishing programmes specifically intended to promote

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the sustainable development of economic activities and enterprises, noting the special role of the Chamorran people in Guam's development.

Section VII on Montserrat, would have the Assembly call upon the administering Power, the specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations system as well as regional and other organizations to provide urgent emergency assistance to the Territory in alleviating the consequences of the volcanic eruption.

Section VIII on Pitcairn would have the Assembly request the administering Power, bearing in mind the views of the people of the Territory ascertained through a democratic process, to keep the Secretary-General informed of the wishes and aspirations of the people regarding their future political status. The administering Power would also be requested to continue its assistance for the improvement of the economic, social, educational and other conditions of the Territory's population.

The Assembly would request the administering Power of Tokelau and relevant regional and international organizations in section IX to continue to support the efforts of the territorial Government to address the socio-economic development of the Territory.

By section X on the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Assembly would call upon the administering Power and the territorial Government to continue to cooperate to counter problems related to money laundering, smuggling of funds and other related crimes, as well as drug trafficking. The administering Power would also be invited to take fully into account the wishes and interests of the Government and the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the governance of the Territory.

Section XI on the United States Virgin Islands would have the Assembly request the administering Power to facilitate the participation of the Territory, as appropriate, in various organizations, in particular the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). It would also welcome the conclusions of the negotiations between the administering Power and the territorial Government on the question of Water Island.

By the terms of another draft resolution on Tokelau, the Assembly would acknowledge Tokelau's need for reassurance, given that local resources could not adequately cover the material side of self-determination, and the ongoing responsibility of the Territory's external partners to assist Tokelau in balancing its desire to be self-reliant to the greatest extent possible with its need for external assistance. The Assembly would also welcome the assurances by the Government of New Zealand that it would meet its obligations to the United Nations with respect to Tokelau and abide by the freely- expressed wishes of the people of Tokelau with regard to their future status.

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Regarding the draft decision on Gibraltar, the Assembly would urge the Governments of Spain and the United Kingdom to continue their negotiations with the object of reaching a definitive solution to the problem of Gibraltar in the light of relevant Assembly resolutions and in the spirit of the United Nations Charter.

Declaration on Decolonization

FAYSSAL MEKDAD (Syria), Rapporteur of the Special Committee on Decolonization, introduced the report of his Committee, including the draft resolution on the dissemination of information on decolonization.

BRUNO RODRIGUEZ PARILLA (Cuba), Chairman of the Special Committee, introduced the draft resolution on the elimination of military bases. He said the Special Committee on decolonization had expressed on numerous occasions its readiness to engage in constructive dialogue with the administering Powers, since it considered their cooperation indispensable for progress towards the full implementation of the 1960 Decolonization Declaration.

He said the European Union had presented informally several amendments to the co-sponsors of draft resolution A/53/L.58. Given the implications of the amendments, some of which would have a direct impact on the programme of work of the Special Committee, those would have to be duly discussed by the Committee, in order that it may take the appropriate decisions. This year's draft was therefore substantively similar to the text adopted by the Assembly in the past few years by a wide majority.

P.I. AYEWOH (Nigeria) said that, despite the success of the Special Committee on Decolonization, there were still many Non-Self-Governing Territories under colonial administration. Because most of those Territories were basically small in size and population, and less well-endowed with natural resources, the role of the United Nations had become more critical in ensuring that they attained their independence by the end of the decade.

He said experience had taught all the world, and especially those from formerly colonized countries, that for decolonization and self-government to be of any value to the colonial peoples, it must be pursued simultaneously with concrete social, economic and political development measures.

JIMMY U. OVIA (Papua New Guinea) said Member States, both the administering Powers and the members of the Special Committee on decolonization, must engage in dialogue on the future of the remaining 17 Non- Self-Governing Territories and their peoples. It would therefore be possible to make progress to end the last vestiges of colonialism. He commended the policy of United Nations visiting missions to each of the Territories.

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Action on Drafts

BERNARD TANOH-BOUTCHOUE (Côte d'Ivoire), Rapporteur of the Fourth Committee, introduced that body's reports to the General Assembly.

The draft resolution on the effects of atomic radiation was adopted without a vote.

The draft resolution on international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space was adopted without a vote.

The Assembly then took up the report on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), containing seven draft resolutions.

The draft resolution on assistance to Palestine refugees was adopted by 157 votes in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, United States). (For details see Annex I.)

The draft resolution on the Working Group on the Financing of UNRWA was adopted without a vote.

The draft resolution on persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities was adopted by 156 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia). (See Annex II.)

The draft resolution on offers by Member States of grants and scholarships for higher education, including vocational training, for Palestine refugees was adopted by a recorded vote of 160 in favour to none against, with 1 abstention (Israel). (See Annex III.)

The Assembly then adopted the draft resolution on UNRWA's operations by 157 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Zambia). (See Annex IV.)

It also adopted the text on revenues derived from Palestine refugees' properties, by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia). (See Annex V.)

The draft resolution on a University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds" for Palestine refugees was adopted by 156 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Zambia). (See Annex VI.)

The Assembly then took up the Fourth Committee's report on the report of the Special Committee on Israeli Practices, which contained five draft resolutions.

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The draft resolution on the work of the Israeli Practices Committee was adopted by a recorded vote of 86 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 67 abstentions. (See Annex VII.)

The draft resolution on the applicability of the 1949 Geneva Convention was adopted by 155 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands). (See Annex VIII.)

The draft resolution on Israeli settlements was adopted by a recorded vote of 150 in favour to 3 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Marshall Islands, Swaziland). (See Annex IX.)

The draft resolution on Israeli practices violating the human rights of the Palestinian people was adopted by 151 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 4 abstentions (Cameroon, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Zambia). (See Annex X.)

The draft resolution on the occupied Syrian Golan was adopted by a recorded vote of 150 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 6 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Swaziland, United States, Uruguay, Zambia). (See Annex XI.)

MOSES MATHENDELE DLAMINI (Swaziland), in explanation of vote, said Jerusalem was a place of spirituality where everyone could enjoy almighty God, and therefore everyone must be protected and enjoy human rights.

Turning to the Fourth Committee's report on peacekeeping operations, the Assembly then adopted that draft resolution without a vote.

The Assembly then adopted, without a vote, the draft resolutions on information in the service of humanity and on United Nations public information policies and activities, as well as a draft decision on the membership of the Committee on Information.

The draft resolution on information from Non-Self-Governing Territories was adopted by 156 votes in favour to none against, with 5 abstentions (France, Israel, Morocco, United Kingdom, United States. (See Annex XII.)

The draft resolution on the activities of foreign economic and other interests which affect the implementation of the decolonization Declaration was adopted by 154 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 5 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, France, Marshall Islands, Morocco, United Kingdom). (See Annex XIII.)

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The draft decision on the military activities by colonial Powers in Territories under their administration was adopted by a recorded vote of 99 in favour to 54 against, with 1 abstention (Belarus). (See Annex XIV.)

The draft resolution on implementation of the decolonization Declaration by the specialized agencies was adopted by 112 votes in favour to none against, with 51 abstentions. (See Annex XV.)

The draft resolution on offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories was adopted without a vote.

The Assembly then adopted without a vote the draft resolutions on Western Sahara, New Caledonia, Tokelau, Gibraltar, the omnibus resolution on the 11 Non-Self-Governing Territories, and the draft decision on Gibraltar.

The draft resolution on the implementation of the decolonization Declaration was adopted, as orally revised, by 144 votes in favour to 2 against (United Kingdom, United States), with 18 abstentions. (See Annex XVI.)

In its final action, the Assembly adopted the draft resolution on the dissemination of information on decolonization by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 3 against (Israel, United Kingdom, United States), with 3 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, France, Russian Federation). (See Annex XVII.)

Explanation of Vote

STEWART ELDON (United Kingdom), in explanation of vote, said he regretted that his delegation had once again found it necessary to vote against the resolutions on the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (document A/53/L.58) and on the dissemination of information on decolonization (document A/53/23 (Part II), Chapter III, para 12).

He said the information text contained elements which, as an administering Power, the United Kingdom welcomed. However, his delegation believed that, with the continuing financial crisis in the United Nations, the obligation put on the Department of Political Affairs and the Department of Public Information (DPI) to publicize decolonization issues was a serious waste of scarce resources.

He said the resolution on the implementation of the decolonization Declaration continued to contain outdated language and assumptions that did not reflect reality in the United Kingdom's Non-Self-Governing Territories. The United Kingdom did not accept that the presence of military bases could in

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any way constitute an obstacle to the granting of independence or impede their inhabitants from expressing their views on self-determination. Furthermore, the United Kingdom rejected suggestions in the text that the administering Powers were guilty of "economic exploitation" and even of "violations of basic human rights". Such claims were wholly without foundation.

His delegation also found unacceptable the continued references to "colonialism", "colonial rule" and "colonial countries". The presence of such language in the text was particularly regrettable, given the improvements made to other resolutions on decolonization issues in recent years.

He said the United Kingdom joined with others in recognizing that decolonization was one of the great success stories of the United Nations. His delegation welcomed the readiness of the Special Committee to engage constructively with the administering Powers, but it continued to take issue with the need for a decolonization programme of the kind espoused by the Committee.

He said the activities and structure of the United Nations should reflect the world's present and future priorities, not those of the past. The two drafts did not reflect or advance the wishes and interests of the peoples of the remaining United Kingdom overseas territories.

(annexes follow)

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ANNEX I

Vote on Assistance to Palestine Refugees

The draft resolution on assistance to Palestine refugees (Document A/53/597-I) was adopted by a recorded vote of 157 in favour to 1 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia, United States.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Lesotho, Madagascar, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

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ANNEX II

Vote on Persons Displaced by 1967 Hostilities

The draft resolution on persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities (document A/59/597-III) was adopted by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 2 against, with 1 abstention, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Lesotho, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zambia.

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ANNEX III

Vote on Higher Education for Palestine Refugees

The draft resolution on offers by Member States of grants and scholarships for higher education for Palestine refugees (Document A/53/597- IV) was adopted by a recorded vote of 160 in favour to 0 against, with 1 abstention, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: None

Abstain: Israel.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Lesotho, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan,

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ANNEX IV

Vote on Operations of UNRWA

The draft resolution on the operation of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (Document A/53/597-V) was adopted by a recorded vote of 157 in favour to 2 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia, Zambia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Lesotho, Palau, Rwanda,

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ANNEX V

Vote on Palestine Refugees' Properties

The draft resolution on Palestine refugees' properties and their revenues (document A/53/597-VI) was adopted by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 2 against, with 1 abstention, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Lesotho, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

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ANNEX VI

Vote on University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds" for Palestine Refugees

The draft resolution on the University of Jerusalem "Al Quds" for Palestine refugees (document A/53/597-VII) was adopted by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 2 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia, Zambia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Lesotho, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

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ANNEX VII

Vote on Special Committee on Israeli Practices

The draft resolution on the work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices (Document A/53/598-I) was adopted by a recorded vote of 86 in favour to 2 against, with 67 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Federated States of Micronesia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Zambia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cape Verde, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Lesotho, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

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ANNEX VIII

Vote on Applicability of 1949 Geneva Convention

The draft resolution on the applicability of the Geneva Convention of 1949 (document A/53/598-II) was adopted by a recorded vote of 155 in favour to 2 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Lesotho, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zambia.

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ANNEX IX

Vote on Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory

The draft resolution on Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (Document A/53/598-III) was adopted by a recorded vote of 150 in favour to 3 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Against: Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, United States.

Abstain: Marshall Islands, Swaziland.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Honduras, Lesotho, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zambia.

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ANNEX X

Vote on Israeli Practices Affecting Human Rights

The draft resolution on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of Palestinian people in the occupied territory (document A/53/598-IV) was adopted by a recorded vote of 151 in favour to 2 against, with 4 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Cameroon, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Zambia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Honduras, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles,

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ANNEX XI

Vote on Occupied Syrian Golan

The draft resolution on the occupied Syrian Golan (Document A/53/598-V) was adopted by a recorded vote of 150 in favour to 1 against, with 6 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Swaziland, United States, Uruguay, Zambia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Honduras, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

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ANNEX XII

Vote on Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories

The draft resolution on information from non-self-governing territories (Document A/53/601) was adopted by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 0 against, with 5 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: None.

Abstain: France, Israel, Monaco, United Kingdom, United States.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda.

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ANNEX XIII

Vote on Effects of Economic and Other Activities

The draft resolution on the economic and other activities which affect the interests of peoples of the non-self-governing territories (document A/53/602) was adopted by a recorded vote of 154 in favour to 2 against, with 5 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: France, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Monaco, United Kingdom.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Lesotho, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan,

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ANNEX XIV

Vote on Military Activities and Arrangements

The draft decision on military activities and arrangements on colonial powers (document A/53/602) was taken by a recorded vote of 99 in favour to 54 against, with 1 abstention, as follows:

In favour: Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan.

Abstain: Belarus.

Absent: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Cape Verde, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Lesotho, Madagascar, Morocco, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda.

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ANNEX XV

Vote on Decolonization and Specialized Agencies

The draft resolution on implementation by United Nations specialized agencies of the Declaration on Decolonization (document A/53/603) was adopted by a recorded vote of 112 in favour to 0 against, with 51 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: None.

Abstain: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan.

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ANNEX XVI

Vote on Declaration of Decolonization

The draft resolution on implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (document A/53/L.58) was adopted by a recorded vote of 142 in favour 2 against, with 18 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: United Kingdom, United States.

Abstain: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Turkey.

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General Assembly Plenary Press Release GA/9525 78th Meeting (PM) 3 December 1998

ANNEX XVII

Vote on Dissemination of Information

The draft resolution on the dissemination of information on decolonization (document A/53/23 Part II) was adopted by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 3 against, with 3 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United Kingdom, United States.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia, France, Russian Federation.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Lesotho, Monaco, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan.

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