ASSEMBLY URGES ENRICHMENT OF UNITED NATIONS "INTERNET" PRESENCE, FULL USE OF EMERGING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

6 December 1999
GA/9677

ASSEMBLY URGES ENRICHMENT OF UNITED NATIONS "INTERNET" PRESENCE, FULL USE OF EMERGING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

6 December 1999

Press ReleaseGA/9677

ASSEMBLY URGES ENRICHMENT OF UNITED NATIONS ‘INTERNET’ PRESENCE, FULL USE OF EMERGING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

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Texts from Fourth Committee Also Adopted on Issues of Outer Space, Declaration on Decolonization, Situation of Palestine Refugees

The General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to pursue further multilingual development, maintenance and enrichment of United Nations Web sites, and to continue to develop proposals for achieving parity between official languages, as it took action this afternoon on 27 resolutions and three decisions contained in the reports of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization).

As it adopted, without a vote, a resolution on United Nations public information policies and activities, the Assembly also underlined the continuing importance of traditional mass media channels and encouraged the Secretary-General to take full advantage of recent developments in information technologies, including the Internet. It emphasized that the reorientation of the Department of Public Information (DPI) should continue to improve activities in the areas of special interest to developing countries and countries with special needs in order to bridge the gap between the developing and the developed countries.

The Assembly also adopted, again without a vote, a resolution on information in the service of humanity, by which it urged international cooperation to reduce disparities in information flows; increase assistance for the development of communication infrastructures and capabilities in the developing countries; ensure professional freedom for journalists and condemn resolutely all attacks against them; provide support to training programmes for broadcasters and journalists from developing countries; and enhance regional efforts and cooperation among developing countries, as well as cooperation between developed and developing countries.

On outer space issues, the Assembly two resolutions without a vote, the first calling for a renewed emphasis on space applications to address global challenges and a stepping-up of United Nations activities related to international cooperation in outer space. That text is an endorsement of the conclusions of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) held at Vienna from 19 to 30 July 1999. It also proclaims an annual World Space Week between 4 and 10 October, recalling the launch of Sputnik I and the entry into force of the Treaty on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

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The other outer space text deals with international space cooperation generally, and the work of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Also this afternoon, the Assembly adopted 12 resolutions concerning 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 in the Occupied Territories.

By one of five resolutions relating to Israeli practices, the Assembly called upon Israel to desist from imposing Israeli citizenship and identity cards on the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan, and from its repressive measures against the population there. That resolution was approved by a recorded vote of 150 in favour, to 1 against with 5 abstentions. (For details of the voting see Annex XI.)

Adopting another text, by a recorded vote of 149 in favour to 3 against (Israel, Federated States of Micronesia, United States) with 3 abstentions (Marshall Islands, Swaziland, Uruguay), the Assembly reaffirmed that Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, were illegal and an obstacle to peace and socio-economic development. (See Annex IX.)

By the terms of another text, the Assembly reaffirmed that the 1949 Geneva Convention on the treatment of civilians in the time of war was applicable to the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem and other occupied Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967. That draft was approved by a recorded vote of 154 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States) with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia. (Annex VIII.)

A draft on the work of the Special Committee on Israeli Practices was adopted by 84 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States) with 67 abstentions. The Assembly demanded that Israel cooperate with the Special Committee in implementing its mandate. It deplored Israeli policies and practices violating the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories (Annex VII.)

By another text on Israeli practices, the Assembly called upon Israel to accelerate the release of all remaining Palestinians arbitrarily detained or imprisoned, in line with agreements already reached, and to guarantee the freedom of movement of persons and goods in the occupied territory. That text was approved by a recorded vote of 150 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 3 abstentions (Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Swaziland). (Annex X.)

The Assembly adopted by 155 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, United States) a resolution reiterating its deep concern over UNRWA's persisting critical financial situation and urging all Member States to extend assistance for the socio-economic development of the Palestinian people and the occupied territories. (Annex I.) Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted a related resolution on the financing of UNRWA.

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By another text, adopted by a recorded vote of 154 in favour, to 2 against (Israel, United States) with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands), the Assembly reaffirmed the right of all persons displaced as a result of hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967. (Annex II.)

Adopting a further UNRWA text, the Assembly strongly appealed to all Member States, specialized agencies and non-governmental organizations to augment special allocations for grants and scholarships to Palestine refugees in addition to their contributions to the Agency's regular budget. That resolution was adopted by 158 votes in favour to none against, with 1 abstention (Israel). (Annex III.)

A resolution on the operations of UNRWA was adopted by 154 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States) with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia). By its terms, the Assembly called upon Israel to compensate the Agency for damage to its property and facilities resulting from Israeli actions. (Annex IV.)

By the terms of another draft, adopted by 154 votes in favour, to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands), the Assembly urged the Palestinian and Israeli sides to deal with the issue of Palestine refugees' properties and their revenues in the framework of the final status negotiations of the Middle East negotiations. (Annex V.)

A resolution on University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds" for Palestine refugees was approved by a recorded vote of 155 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia). It called once more upon Israel to remove all hindrances in the way of establishing the proposed university. (Annex VI.)

Taking up peacekeeping issues, the Assembly adopted, without a vote, a resolution by which it decided to keep open during its fifty-fourth session the item “Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects”. It also endorsed the conclusions and recommendations of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, and urged Member States to implement them.

A text on the effects of atomic radiation was also adopted without a vote. By its terms, the Assembly reaffirmed the decision to maintain the present functions and independent role of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation and endorsed plans for its future activities of scientific review and assessment.

The Assembly also adopted eight resolutions and two decisions on decolonization issues. By 153 votes in favour, to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 5 abstentions (France, Georgia, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, United Kingdom), the Assembly adopted a resolution on economic and other activities affecting the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories. It reaffirmed the responsibility of the administering Powers under

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the Charter to promote the advancement of those Territories, as well as the rights of their peoples over their natural resources. (Annex XIII.)

By a recorded vote of 99 in favour to 53 against and 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia), the Assembly adopted a decision on military activities and arrangements by colonial Powers in Territories under their administration. By that text, it 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, for military purposes. (Annex XIV.)

On information from Non-Self- Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 e, the Assembly adopted the related resolution by 155 votes in favour, to none against, with 6 abstentions (France, Israel, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, United Kingdom, United States). By that text, the Assembly requested the administering Powers concerned to transmit to the Secretary-General the fullest possible information on political and constitutional developments in the Territories. (Annex XII.)

The Assembly also adopted a resolution on implementation of the Decolonization Declaration by the specialized agencies of the United Nations. That text was adopted by 101 votes in favour, to none against, with 52 abstentions. (Annex XV).

Acting without a vote, the Committee approved a resolution on offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories; a decision on the question of Gibraltar; and resolutions on Western Sahara, New Caledonia, and Tokelau, as well as a consolidated resolution on the Non- Self-Governing Territories of American Samoa, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guam, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States Virgin Islands.

The Assembly also took note of the report of the Fourth Committee's report on the question of East Timor.

Acting directly, the Assembly adopted a resolution on implementation of the Declaration on decolonization, by which it reaffirmed all its previous resolutions on the matter, including resolution 43/47 in which it declared the Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism, which began in 1990. The Assembly called upon the administering Powers to cooperate fully with the Special Committee on decolonization to develop before the end of the year 2000 a constructive programme of work with respect to the Non-Self-Governing Territories. That resolution was adopted by a recorded vote of 141 in favour to 2 against (United Kingdom, United States) with 14 abstentions. (Annex XVI.)

In its final action today, the Assembly adopted, by 141 votes in favour, to 2 against (United Kingdom, United States) with 3 abstentions (France, Israel, Monaco), a text on dissemination of information on decolonization. (Annex XVII.)

Speaking in explanation of vote were the representatives of Argentina, United States and United Kingdom.

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The Rapporteur of the Fourth Committee introduced that body's reports. The report of the Special Committee on decolonization was introduced by its Rapporteur, while its Chairman introduced the resolution on implementation of the Declaration on decolonization.

Also making statements today were the representatives of Antigua and Barbuda - - on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) -- Cuba, and Fiji (on behalf of the South Pacific Forum).

The General Assembly will meet again tomorrow at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Assembly Work Programme

The General Assembly was expected to take action this afternoon on a number of draft resolutions and draft decisions relating to reports of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization).

Among the topics addressed in those reports are: effects of atomic radiation; international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space; the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); 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; comprehensive review of peacekeeping operations; and questions relating to information.

The Assembly was also expected to take action on Fourth Committee reports relating to decolonization issues and to act directly on two draft resolutions, the first relating to implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, and the second concerning dissemination of information on decolonization.

By a draft on effects of atomic radiation (document A/54/573), the General Assembly would reaffirm the decision 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. It would endorse the Committee's intentions and plans for its future activities of scientific review and assessment, including the publication of its next comprehensive report in the year 2000. Further, the Assembly would request the Committee to continue its work, including its important activities to increase knowledge of the levels, effects and risks of ionizing radiation from all sources.

Also by that text, the Assembly would express its appreciation for assistance to the Committee from Member States, specialized agencies and others, and invite the international community to increase cooperation in that field. It would invite Member States, the United Nations system and non-governmental organizations concerned to provide relevant data about doses, effects and risks from various sources of radiation for future reports of the Scientific Committee to the General Assembly.

By a draft on international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space (document A/54/574), the Assembly would urge all States, particularly those with major space capabilities, to contribute actively to the prevention of an arms race in outer space. It would emphasize the need to increase the benefits of space technology and its applications and to contribute to space activities favourable to sustained economic growth and development in all countries, particularly the developing ones, and to the mitigation of the consequences of natural disasters.

Also by that text, the Assembly would request the Outer Space Committee to resume its consideration of spin-off benefits of space technology and review their current status. It would, by other terms, approve a programme of work for the Committee’s Legal Subcommittee, including the status of the five international instruments governing the use of outer space; the definition and delimitation of outer space as well as the character and utilization of the geostationary orbit, including ways to ensure its rational and equitable use.

Further, the Assembly would approve a programme for the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, with attention to remote-sensing of the Earth by satellites, including applications for developing countries and monitoring of the Earth's environment; the use of nuclear power sources in space; international cooperation in human space flight; presentations on new launch systems and ventures; and space debris.

By a second text, relating to the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III), held at Vienna from 19 to 30 July 1999, the Assembly would urge governments, the United Nations system, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and the space industry to implement the Conference’s final document, “The Space Millennium: Vienna Declaration on Space and Human Development”. It would also proclaim an annual celebration of World Space Week between 4 and 10 October, recalling the launch of Sputnik I on 4 October 1957, and the entry into force of the Treaty on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space on 10 October 1967.

Of the seven drafts on UNRWA (document A/54/575), the first, on assistance to Palestine refugees, would have the General Assembly reiterate its deep concern regarding the Agency's persisting critical financial situation as outlined in the report of the Commissioner-General. It would note with profound concern that the continuing shortfall in the Agency's finances has a significant negative influence on the living conditions of the Palestine refugees most in need and that it therefore has possible consequences for the peace process. The Assembly would call upon all donors, as a matter of urgency, to make the most generous efforts possible to meet UNRWA's anticipated needs, including the remaining costs of moving the headquarters to Gaza, and encourage contributing governments to contribute regularly and to consider increasing their contributions.

The second draft, on the Working Group on the Financing of UNRWA, the Assembly would request the Working Group to continue its efforts, in cooperation with the Secretary-General and the Commissioner-General, to find a solution to the Agency's financial situation. It would welcome the new, unified budget structure for the 2000-2001 biennium 2000-2001, which can contribute significantly to improved budgetary transparency.

Under the terms of a text relating to persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities, the Assembly would reaffirm the right of all persons displaced as a result of those hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967. It would express the hope for an accelerated return of displaced people through the mechanism agreed upon by the parties in article XII of the 1993 Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements.

By a text on offers by Member States of grants and scholarships for higher education, including vocational training, for Palestine refugees, 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 request the Agency to act as the recipient and trustee for those special allocations and to award them to qualified Palestine refugee candidates.

According to a draft on operations of UNRWA, the Assembly would call upon Israel to accept the de jure applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and to abide scrupulously by its provisions. It would also call upon Israel to abide by Articles 100, 104, and 105 of the United Nations Charter and the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations with regard to the safety of UNRWA personnel and the protection of its institutions and the safeguarding of the security of its facilities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem. In addition, the Assembly would call once again upon the Government of Israel to compensate the Agency for damages to its property and facilities resulting from actions by the Israeli side.

According to a text on Palestine refugees' properties and their revenues, the Assembly would reaffirm that the Palestinian refugees are entitled to their property and to income derived therefrom, in conformity with the principles of justice and equity. It would urge the Palestinian and Israeli sides, as agreed between them, to deal with the important issue of the refugees' properties and their revenues in the framework of the final status negotiations of the Middle East peace process.

A draft on a University of Jerusalem "Al Quds" for Palestine refugees would have the Assembly emphasize the need to strengthen the educational system in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 5 June 1967, including Jerusalem, and specifically the need for the establishment of the proposed university. The Assembly would also call once more upon Israel to remove the hindrances that it has put in the way of establishing the University of Jerusalem "Al Quds".

By one of five draft resolutions in the report of the Special Committee on Israeli Practices (document A/54/576), the General Assembly would commend that body for its efforts and its impartiality. It would demand that Israel cooperate with the Special Committee in implementing its mandate.

Also by that text, 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.

By a draft on applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilian persons during time of war, the Assembly would reaffirm that the Convention is applicable to the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and other occupied Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967. The Assembly would demand that Israel accept the Convention's de jure applicability in the occupied territories and that it comply scrupulously with the its provisions.

Under the terms of a text on Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, the Assembly would reaffirm that Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are illegal and an obstacle to peace and socio-economic development.

Further, the Assembly would demand complete cessation of the construction of the new settlement in Jabal Abu-Ghneim and of all Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.

Also, the Assembly would stress the need for full implementation of Security Council resolution 904 (1994) in which, among other things, the Council called upon Israel, the occupying Power, to continue to take and implement measures, including confiscation of arms, with the aim of preventing illegal acts of violence by Israeli settlers, and called for measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilians in the occupied territory.

By a text on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, the Assembly would demand that Israel cease all practices and actions which violate the human rights of the Palestinian people. It would call upon Israel to accelerate the release of all remaining Palestinians arbitrarily detained or imprisoned, in line with agreements already reached, and call for complete respect by Israel of all fundamental freedoms of the Palestinian people.

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.

By a draft on the occupied Syrian Golan, the Assembly would call upon Israel to comply with the relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan, in particular Security Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council, inter alia, 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, the occupying Power, should rescind forthwith its decision.

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, by other terms. It would determine that all legislative and administrative measures and actions by Israel purporting to alter the character and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan are null and void, 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.

Further, the Assembly would call upon Israel to desist from imposing Israeli citizenship and identity cards on the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan and to desist from its repressive measures against the population of the occupied Syrian Golan.

By a draft on the whole question of peacekeeping (document A/54/577), the Assembly would decide that the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations would continue its efforts for a comprehensive review. It would also review implementation of its previous proposals and consider any new proposals so as to enhance United Nations capacity to fulfil its responsibilities in that field.

Further, the Assembly would reiterate that Member States that become personnel contributors to United Nations peacekeeping in years to come or participate in the future in the Special Committee for three consecutive years as observers, will, upon written request, become members at the following session.

The Assembly has before it two draft resolutions on questions relating to information (document A/54/578).

By a draft on United Nations public information policies and activities the Assembly would note with appreciation, the Secretary-General's reports on the continuous and multilingual development, maintenance and enrichment of United Nations Web sites, and on his efforts to develop and enhance the Web sites in all the official languages of the Organization. He would be requested to pursue those efforts and to continue to develop proposals for achieving modular parity between official languages in a cost-effective manner and with a focus on textual content.

Also by the 45-paragraph text, the Assembly would underline the continuing importance of traditional and mass media channels in disseminating information about the United Nations, and encourage the Secretary-General to take full advantage of recent developments in information technologies, including the Internet, to improve, in a cost-effective manner, the dissemination of information about the Organization, taking into account its linguistic diversity. The Assembly would emphasize that, through its reorientation, the Department of Public Information (DPI) should continue and improve its activities in the areas of special interest to developing countries and other countries with special needs, including countries in transition.

Further, the Assembly would take note of the Secretary-General's report on the design and scope of a pilot project for the development of an international radio broadcasting capacity for the United Nations, and request the Department to start, as soon as possible, the implementation of the pilot project through, among other means, contacts with interested Member States and other specialized institutions. This would be done with a view to ensuring the assistance necessary for the project’s success, taking into account the need to enhance the existing resources and services.

The draft calls for the Assembly to reaffirm the importance attached by Member States to the role of United Nations information centres in effectively and comprehensively disseminating information in all parts of the world, in particular developing countries and countries in transition, and especially in those countries where there is a need for greater understanding about United Nations activities.

It would note with concern that, while the co-location of United Nations information centres with field offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has, to some extent, been able to promote the image of the United Nations, the integration has, in general, resulted in a lower level of programme delivery and a narrower range of activities. In cases of relocation of information centres to common premises with the Programme has frequently resulted in higher maintenance costs and has been suffering from leadership and staff problems.

By the terms of a draft on information in the service of humanity, the Assembly would urge all countries, the United Nations system and all others concerned to cooperate and interact with a view to reducing existing disparities in information flows at all levels, by increasing assistance for the development of communication infrastructures and capabilities in the developing countries; to ensure for journalists the free and effective performance of their professional tasks and condemn resolutely all attacks against them; to provide support for the strengthening of practical training programmes for broadcasters and journalists from all media in developing countries; and to enhance regional efforts and cooperation among developing countries, as well as cooperation between developed and developing countries.

A separate draft decision would have the General Assembly decide to increase the membership of the Committee on Information from 93 to 95 and to appoint Liberia and Mozambique as members.

By a draft resolution on information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 e of the United Nations Charter (document A/54/579), the Assembly would reaffirm that, in the absence of its decision that a Non-Self- Governing Territory has attained a measure of self-government, the administering Power concerned should continue to transmit information under Article 73 e with respect to that Territory. The administering Powers would be requested to continue to transmit the fullest possible information on the political and constitutional developments in the Territories concerned within a maximum period of six months following the expiration of the administrative year in those Territories.

Under the terms of a text on economic and other activities affecting the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories (document A/54/580), the Assembly would reaffirm its concern about any activities aimed at the exploitation of the natural resources that are the heritage of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories, including the indigenous populations, in the Caribbean, Pacific and other regions, as well as their human resources, to the detriment of their interests, and in such a way as to deprive them of their right to dispose of those resources.

The Assembly would affirm the value of foreign economic investment undertaken in collaboration with the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories and in accordance with their wishes in order to make a valid contribution to the socio- economic development of the Territories. It would affirm the need to avoid any economic and other activities which adversely affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories.

According to a text on implementation of the decolonization Declaration by the United Nations specialized agencies and associated institutions (document A/54/581), the Assembly would request those bodies to provide information on environmental problems facing the Non-Self-Governing Territories; on the impact of natural disasters, beach and coastal erosion and drought on those Territories; on ways to assist the Territories in fighting drug trafficking, money laundering and other illegal and criminal activities; and on the illegal exploitation of the marine resources of the Territories and the need to utilize those resources for the benefit of the peoples of the Territories.

A text on offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories (document A/54/582), the Assembly would express its appreciation to Member States that have made scholarships available. It would invite all States to make or continue to make generous offers of study and training facilities to all inhabitants of those Territories that have not yet attained self-government or independence and, wherever possible, to provide travel funds to prospective students.

By a draft on implementation of the decolonization Declaration (document A/54/L.50) the Assembly would reaffirm all its other resolutions on decolonization, including resolution 43/47, in which it declared the Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism that began in 1990. It would reaffirm its determination to continue to take all the necessary steps to bring about the speedy eradication of colonialism and the faithful observance by all States of the relevant provisions of the Charter, the decolonization Declaration and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Further, the Assembly would affirm its support for the aspiration of the peoples under colonial rule to exercise their right to self–determination, including independence. Calling upon the administering Powers to cooperate fully with the Special Committee on decolonization to develop before the end of the year 2000 a constructive programme of work with respect to the Non-Self-Governing Territories, the Assembly it would request the Special Committee to continue to seek an immediate and full implementation of the Declaration and to carry out the actions approved by the Assembly regarding the International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism in all the Territories that have not yet exercised their right to self-determination.

Also by the draft, the Assembly would call upon the administering Powers to ensure that all economic activities in the Non-Self-Governing Territories under their administration do not adversely affect the interests of the peoples, but instead promote development. The Assembly would reiterate that military activities and arrangements by administering Powers in the Non-Self-Governing Territories under their administration should not run counter to the rights and interests of the peoples concerned, and call on the administering Powers to terminate such activities and to eliminate the remaining military bases in compliance with the relevant General Assembly resolutions.

Urging all States to provide moral and material assistance to the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories, the Assembly would request the administering Powers to provide all possible assistance in strengthening the economies of the Territories. It would reaffirm that the United Nations visiting missions to the Territories are an effective means of ascertaining the situation in the Territories and the wishes of their inhabitants and call on the administering Powers to facilitate those missions.

Also by that text, the Assembly would call upon the administering Powers that have not participated formally in the work of the Special Committee to do so at its session in the year 2000. It would request the Secretary-General and the United Nations system to provide economic, social and other assistance to the Non-Self- Governing Territories after they exercise their right to self-determination, including independence.

The General Assembly also had before it several draft resolutions concerning various Non-Self-Governing Territories (document A/54/584).

By the terms of a draft on the question of Western Sahara, the Assembly would note with satisfaction the agreements reached between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (POLISARIO) for the implementation of the Settlement Plan during their private direct talks under the auspices of James Baker III, Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, and would urge the parties to implement those agreements fully and in good faith.

Also by the text, the Assembly would urge the two parties to implement faithfully and loyally the Secretary-General's package of measures for the identification of voters, the appeals process and the revised implementation timetable. 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 is impartial and free of all constraints, in conformity with Security Council resolutions.

A text on New Caledonia would have the Assembly urge all parties involved, in the interest of all the people of that territory and building on the positive outcome of the review of the Matignon and Noumea Accords, to maintain their dialogue in a spirit of harmony. All the parties involved would be invited to continue promoting a framework for the peaceful progress of the Territory towards an act of self-determination in which all options are open and which would safeguard the rights of all New Caledonians according to the letter and spirit of the Nouméa Accord, which is based on the principle that it is for the populations of New Caledonia to choose how to control their destiny.

By a draft on Tokelau, the Assembly acknowledge that Territory’s need for reassurance, given that local resources cannot adequately cover the material side of self-determination, and the ongoing responsibility of Tokelau’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 welcome New Zealand’s assurances that it will meet its obligations to the United Nations with respect to Tokelau and abide by the freely expressed wishes of its people with regard to their future status.

By the first part of a consolidated draft resolution on the 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, the General Assembly would 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 be called upon to facilitate political education programmes in the Territories to foster an awareness among the people of their right to self-determination.

The second part of the consolidated draft deals with specific conditions in each Territory. By the text on American Samoa, the Assembly would call upon the administering Power to continue to assist the territorial government in the Territory's economic and social development, including measures to rebuild the financial management capabilities and strengthen other governmental functions of the Territory's government.

By the draft on Anguilla, the Assembly would welcome the United Nations Development Programme Country Cooperation Framework for the period 1997-1999 currently being implemented following consultations with the territorial government and key development partners in the United Nations system and the donor community. It would also welcome the UNDP's assessment that the Territory has made considerable progress in sustainable human development and in its sound management and preservation of the environment, which has been incorporated into the National Tourism Plan. The Assembly would further welcome the Caribbean Development Bank's assessment in its 1998 that the Territory's medium- and long-term economic prospects were favourable. Regarding 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 United States military bases and installations in the Territory.

By the text on the British Virgin Islands, the Assembly would request the administering Power, the United Nations system and all financial institutions to continue to provide assistance to the Territory for socio-economic development and the development of human resources, bearing in mind the Territory's vulnerability to external factors.

The draft 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 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.

By the text on Guam, the Assembly would request the administering Power to cooperate with the Territory's Commission on Decolonization for the implementation and exercise of Chamorro self-determination in order to facilitate Guam's decolonization. It would call upon the administering Power to take into consideration the expressed will of the Chamorro people as endorsed by the people of Guam, and encourage the administering Power and the territorial government to continue the negotiations on the matter.

Also by that draft, the Assembly would request the administering Power to cooperate in establishing programmes specifically intended to promote the sustainable development of economic activities and enterprises by the Chamorro people of Guam. The administering Power would be further requested to continue to recognize and respect the political rights and the cultural and ethnic identity of the Chamorro people of Guam, and to take all necessary measures to respond to the territorial government's concerns with regard to immigration. The administering Power would also be requested to support appropriate measures by the territorial government aimed at promoting growth in commercial fishing, agricultural and other viable activities.

With respect to Montserrat, the General Assembly would 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.

According to the text on Pitcairn, 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 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.

Regarding St. Helena, the Assembly would request the administering Power and relevant regional and international organizations to continue to support the territorial government's efforts to address the Territory's socio-economic development. It would also note that the administering Power has taken note of statements made by members of the Legislative Council of St. Helena about the Constitution and is prepared to discuss them further with the Territory's people.

By the draft 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. It would invite the administering Power 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. The Assembly would welcome the Caribbean Development Bank's assessment in its 1998 report that the economy continued to expand with considerable output and low inflation.

Regarding the United States Virgin Islands, the General Assembly would express concern that the Territory, which is already heavily indebted, had to borrow $21 million from a commercial bank to carry out its year 2000 computer compliance programme. It would also express concern that the territorial government is facing severe fiscal problems, which has resulted in an accumulated debt of more than $1 billion. Further, the administering Power would be requested to facilitate the Territory's participation in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Association of Caribbean States.

A draft decision on Gibraltar would take note of a negotiating process between the United Kingdom and Spain, and urge the two Governments to continue their efforts towards a definitive solution in the light of relevant Assembly resolutions and in the spirit of the United Nations charter.

The Assembly has two further texts from the Special Committee (document A/54/23/(Part III))

According to a draft resolution on dissemination of information on decolonization, the Assembly would approve the activities in that field undertaken by the United Nations Department of Public Information and the Department of Political Affairs. It would consider it important to continue its efforts to ensure the widest possible dissemination of decolonization information, with particular emphasis on the options of self-determination available to the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories.

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 installations. It would 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 or other weapons of mass destruction. The Assembly would take note of the decision by some administering Powers to close or “downsize” some of the military bases in the Non-Self-Governing Territories.

Declaration on Decolonization

The Assembly first took up the report of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (document A/54/23, Parts I-III).

FAYSSAL MEKDAD (Syria), Rapporteur of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, introduced the Committee’s report.

Introducing the draft resolution on the implementation of the Declaration (document A/54/L.50), PETER DONOGI (Papua New Guinea), Chairman of the Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, said that recommendations put forward by the Committee for the approval by the Assembly had been discussed in the Committee. Cooperation of the administering powers was essential for the implementation of the Declaration and United Nations resolutions on decolonization. For that reason, the Committee had sought to strengthen the mechanisms for consultation and dialogue.

PATRICK LEWIS (Antigua and Barbuda), on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), said the level of implementation of the Plan of Action of the Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism left a great deal to be desired. Major provisions had yet to be addressed. Priority actions such as the creation of political education to heighten the awareness of the people of the Non-Self-Governing Territories, as well as visits to each Territory by the Secretary-General or his Special Representative, had never materialized.

It was evident that none of the remaining, mostly small island, Non-Self- Governing Territories had met the essential criteria of full and absolute equality as defined by landmark General Assembly resolutions, he said. Political equality must remain the operative standard to be applied to the self-determination process of the remaining small island Non-Self-Governing Territories. That was essential in order to avoid the inadvertent legitimization by the international community of unequal, politically dependent arrangements that still characterized the present political status of those Territories. It did not appear that full self-government in any of those Territories would be attained by the end of the year 2000.

He said that United Nations regional seminars on decolonization had provided important recommendations from the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories themselves to accelerate the decolonization process. Had those suggestions been heeded, it was likely that a much more favourable picture could be presented today. In order to regain the momentum necessary to address the self-determination needs and aspirations of the people of the remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories, CARICOM would propose as part of its contribution to the Millennium Assembly, a comprehensive plan of action for a Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism. The recommendations of the regional seminars would be integrated into that new plan.

The momentum generated by the 1999 Caribbean Regional Seminar held in St. Lucia last May, he said, had been critical to the inclusion of updated language in the omnibus resolution on the small Territories under consideration today, and had moved the process forward from previous years in which the General Assembly had repeatedly adopted virtually identical texts which had not taken into account any new developments affecting the Territories. Similar new language in the resolution on implementation of the Decolonization Declaration by United Nations specialized agencies also recognized new developments, especially in the area of the participation of many of those Territories in the wider United Nations system.

RAFAEL DAUSA CESPEDES (Cuba) said the United Nations had achieved significant gains in the area of decolonization since the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples in 1960. That had been one of the Organization’s greatest victories. However, much remained to be done, and it appeared that much of the momentum of the 1960s and 1970s had been lost. It seemed that the dream of a world without colonialism would have to wait a little longer.

He said it was unacceptable and discriminatory to put forward arguments that a territory’s size, the number of its people and size of its natural resources should determine its readiness for independence. Independence was the right of all peoples, irrespective of the size of their territory, population or natural resources.

Cuba appealed to the administering Powers to end the activities of companies under their jurisdiction in exploiting the resources of Non-Self-Governing Territories under their administration, he said. The use of those Territories for military purposes clearly ran counter to the interests of their peoples. Cuba was firmly opposed to any attempt to use the Territories for military activities, including nuclear testing, and the storage of nuclear wastes.

He reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the independence and self- determination of Puerto Rico which, he said, had suffered under the yoke colonialism for more than 100 years and yet had not lost one iota of its Latin American and Caribbean identity.

AMRAIYA NAIDU (Fiji), speaking on behalf of the nations of the South Pacific Forum, said they supported the draft. The problems of the five remaining Territories in the Pacific were much the same as those recently discussed during the Assembly’s Special Session on Small Island Developing States. He was concerned that the rights of the people in those territories might be subsumed by the global goals. Concerns about what sort of political structure was best suited for the people of those Pacific Territories could best be met by taking into account the traditional systems of government which had served them for many thousands of years before the arrival of outsiders. There might also be a need for change, to introduce better and more efficient systems of government, new technology and better skills to manage the environment for the benefit of the people of the Territories.

Although in the past many members of the Forum had voted in favour of the resolution under discussion, he continued, they had always been skeptical about the usefulness of discontent and lack of dialogue between some administering Powers and the members of the Special Committee. He urged the administering Powers to cooperate fully with the Special Committee to develop a programme of work for each of the territories. Regarding visiting missions, he said that they should only be considered if absolutely necessary for the implementation of the Committee’s mandate. If there was such a need, the programme of work should include a visiting mission to that particular territory, which could then be properly evaluated and funded at the appropriate time.

On New Caledonia, he informed the delegates that a recent Pacific Islands Forum Heads of Government meeting in Palau had welcomed the signing of the Noumea Accords between the two main political parties in the Territory. The leaders agreed to a continuing future monitoring role for the Ministerial Committee on New Caledonia during the implementation process of the Noumea Accords, and encouraged the Government and all the parties in New Caledonia to maintain their commitment to implementation of the agreements.

Continuing, he noted that in the Pacific, there was a military presence of the administering Powers on Guam and New Caledonia. The countries of the Pacific had never considered such a presence to be a threat to peace and good government in the territories concerned. The bases there had provided assistance in the natural disasters that afflicted many of the small nations. There was no evidence that such a military presence had been used to suppress the basic freedoms of the people of those two territories. He therefore warmly welcomed the change of attitude of the Special Committee in respect to the provision dealing with military activities.

Turning to East Timor, he said that the international community was now left with the aftermath of the ballot cast for independence. He called on the international community to provide additional assistance to the people of East Timor to rebuild their lives and nation as soon as possible.

Reports of the Fourth Committee

GUALBERTO RODRIGUEZ SAN MARTIN (Bolivia), Rapporteur of the Fourth Committee, introduced the reports of that body before the Assembly.

Action on Texts

First, the Assembly adopted without a vote the draft resolution on the effects of atomic radiation, contained in document A/54/573.

The Assembly then adopted without a vote two texts on international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space (document A/54/574).

Turning to the Fourth Committee's report on United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (document A/54/575), the Assembly first adopted the draft on assistance to Palestine refugees by a recorded vote of 155 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, United States) (For details of the vote, see Annex I).

The draft on the financing of the UNRWA was adopted without a vote.

The draft on persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities was adopted by a recorded vote of 154 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands) (Annex II).

The draft on offers by Member States of grants and scholarships for higher education and vocational training for Palestine refugees was adopted by a recorded vote of 158 in favour to none against, with 1 abstention (Israel) (Annex III).

By a recorded vote of 154 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia), the Assembly adopted the draft on operations of UNRWA (Annex IV).

The draft on Palestine refugees' properties and their revenues was adopted by a recorded vote of 154 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands) (Annex V). The Assembly then adopted the draft on University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds" for Palestine refugees by a recorded vote of 155 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia) (Annex VI)

The Assembly then took action on draft resolutions on Israeli Practices (document A/54/576). It adopted the draft on the work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices by a recorded vote of 84 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 67 abstentions (For additional information, see Annex VII).

The draft on the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilians time of war has adopted by a recorded vote of 154 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia) (Annex VIII).

The draft on Israeli settlements in the occupied territories was adopted by a recorded vote of 149 in favour to 3 against (Israel, Federated States of Micronesia, United States), with 3 abstentions (Marshall Islands, Swaziland, Uruguay)(Annex IX).

The Assembly adopted the draft on the Israeli practices in the occupied territories by a recorded vote of 150 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 3 abstentions (Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Swaziland) (Annex X).

By a recorded vote of 150 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 5 abstentions (Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Swaziland, United States, Uruguay) the Assembly adopted the text on the occupied Syrian Golan. (Annex XI)

On the comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects (document A/54/577), the Assembly adopted without a vote the draft resolution contained in the report of the Committee.

Turning to questions relating to information, the Assembly took up the report of the Fourth Committee on that matter (document A/54/578). It adopted, without a vote, the two draft resolutions and one draft decision contained in the report.

The draft on information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73e of the Charter (document A/54/579) was adopted by a recorded vote of 155 in favour to none against, with 6 abstentions (France, Israel, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, United Kingdom, United States) (Annex XII).

The draft resolution on economic and other activities affecting the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories was adopted by a vote of 153 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 5 abstentions (France, Georgia, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, United Kingdom) (Annex 13).

Taking up the draft decision on military activities and arrangements, the Assembly adopted it by a vote of 99 in favour to 53 against, with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia) (Annex XIV)

The Assembly then turned to the draft resolution on implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the United Nations.

Speaking in explanation of vote, MATEO ESTREME (Argentina) said that his country had always supported the work of the Committee and voted in favour of the draft in question, because it agreed with the objectives of the text. However, this year, the draft did not properly reflect the specific resolutions of the Special Committee, particularly where particular Territories were concerned. Accordingly, his delegation would abstain in the voting.

The Assembly then adopted the text by a recorded vote of 101 in favour to none against, with 52 abstentions (Annex XV).

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

On the question of East Timor, the Assembly took note of the report of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee on the matter.

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

The Assembly then adopted the draft on the implementation of the Declaration of Independence (document A/54/L.50) by a vote of 141 in favour to 2 against (United Kingdom, United States) with 14 abstentions (Annex XVI).

And finally, the draft on dissemination of information on decolonization (document A/54/23) was adopted by a recorded vote of 141 in favour to 2 against (United Kingdom, United States), with 3 abstentions (France, Israel, Monaco).

Expanations of Vote

Speaking in explanation of vote, BETTY KING (United States) said her delegation had once again had to vote against the draft on the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, contained in document A/54/L.50. While she wished to state her deep appreciation for the improvements in the overall text of this year’s resolution, her country remained troubled by elements of the text, particularly the paragraph addressing military activities and arrangements in the Territories. The United States noted that the military presences referred to in that paragraph could be extremely beneficial to multilateral efforts to support international peace and security. For example, her country’s installations in Guam were highly instrumental in providing the initial United States naval response to the multinational force in East Timor, and also served as a support location for United States aircraft, as well as foreign forces dedicated to that multinational force.

Continuing, she said she appreciated the spirit of cooperative engagement and the positive working atmosphere, which had characterized this year’s debate on the decolonization issue.

STEWART ELDON (United Kingdom), explaining his position on the text concerning dissemination of decolonization information, said that his country remained of the view that obligations imposed by the text on the Secretariat to publicize decolonization represented an wholly unwarranted drain on the Organization’s scarce resources. The resolution was therefore unacceptable.

On the resolution on implementation of the Decolonization Declaration (document A/54/l.50), he said he welcomed the amendments made to the text this year, both those initiated by the drafters and those made following negotiations with the European Union. The United Kingdom welcomed in particular the recognition given in the text to the progress made in the ongoing informal dialogue between the Committee of 24 and the administering Powers.

Unfortunately, he said, a few elements of the text continued to cause his country difficulties, and to force the United Kingdom to vote against the resolution again this year. Those elements included, but were not limited to, operative paragraph 12, which called on the administering Powers to eliminate the remaining military bases in the Non-Self-Governing Territories. That language was drawn from the Military Activities Decision, which the United Kingdom had also voted against. So its inclusion in the general resolution was accordingly unacceptable.

He expressed the hope that the co-sponsors of that text would build on the improvements made this year, in such a way as to allow the United Kingdom to reconsider its position in the future. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom sincerely intended to continue to participate, in a constructive and cooperative spirit, in the process of informal dialogue on decolonization issues with the Committee of 24 in the coming year.

(annexes follow) ANNEX I

Vote on assistance to Palestine Refugees

The draft resolution on assistance to Palestine refugees (document A/54/575/Resolution I) was adopted by a recorded vote of 155 in favour to 1 against, with 2 abstentions.

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

Against: Israel.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia, United States.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

(END OF ANNEX I)

ANNEX II

Vote on persons displaced by June 1967 and later hostilities

The draft resolution on persons displaced as a result of the 1967 and subsequent hostilities (document A/54/575/Resolution III) was adopted by a recorded vote of 154 in favour to 2 against, with 2 abstentions:

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

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

(END OF ANNEX II)

ANNEX III

Vote on offers of grants and scholarships for refugees

The draft resolution on offers by Member States of grants and scholarships for Palestine refugees (Document A/54/575/Resolution IV) was adopted by a recorded vote of 158 in favour to none against, with 1 abstention.

In Favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, 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, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, 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, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: None.

Abstain: Israel

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

(END OF ANNEX III)

ANNEX IV

Vote on Operations of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The draft resolution on the operations of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (document A/54/575-Resolution V) was adopted by a recorded vote on 154 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, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

(END OF ANNEX IV)

ANNEX V

Vote on properties and revenues of Palestine refugees.

The draft resolution on Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues (document A/54/575-Resolution VI) was adopted by a recorded vote of 154 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, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

(END OF ANNEX V)

ANNEX VI

Vote on University of Jerusalem “Al Quds”

The draft resolution on University of Jerusalem “Al Quds” (document A/54/575/Resolution VI) was adopted by a recorded vote of 155 in favour to 2 against, with 1 abstention:

In Favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, 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, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papau New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

(END OF ANNEX VI)

ANNEX VII

Vote on work of Special Committee on Israeli Practices.

The draft resolution on the Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices affecting human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs in the occupied territories (document A/54/576-Resolution I) was adopted by a recorded vote on 84 in favour to 2 against with 67 abstentions as follows:

In favour: Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, 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, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia , Ukraine, United Kingdom.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tajikistan, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

(END OF ANNEX VII)

ANNEX VIII

Vote on Applicability of Geneva Convention.

The draft resolution on the applicability to the occupied Palestinian territory of the Geneva Convention on the protection of civilians in time of war (document A/54/576/Resolution II) was adopted by a recorded vote of 154 in favour to 2 against, with 1 abstention:

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

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

(END OF ANNEX XIII)

ANNEX IX

Vote on Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine territory

The draft resolution on Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (document A/54/576/Resolution III) was adopted by a recorded vote of 149 in favour to 3 against, with 3 abstentions:

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

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

Abstain: Marshall Islands, Swaziland, Uruguay.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

(END OF ANNEX IX)

ANNEX X

Vote on Israeli practices affecting human rights

The draft resolution on Israeli practices affecting human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied territory (Document A/54/576-Resolution IV) was adopted by a recorded vote of 150 in favour to 2 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, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Swaziland.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

(END OF ANNEX X)

ANNEX XI

Vote on occupied Syrian Golan

The draft resolution on the occupied Syrian Golan (Document A/54/576- Resolution V) was adopted by a recorded vote of 150 in favour to 1 against, with 5 abstentions.

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

Against: Israel.

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

Absent: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

(END OF ANNEX XI)

ANNEX XII

Vote on information from non-self-governing territories

The draft resolution on information from non-self-governing territories (Document A/54/579) was adopted by a recorded vote of 155 in favour to none against, with 6 abstentions.

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

Against: None.

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

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda.

(END OF ANNEX XII)

ANNEX XIII

Vote on economic and other activities in non-self-governing territories.

The draft resolution on economic and other activities affecting the interests of peoples of the non-self-governing territories (document A/54/580) was adopted by a recorded vote of 153 in favour to 2 against, with 5 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, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

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

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Morocco, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda.

(END OF ANNEX XIII)

ANNEX XIV

Vote on military activities and arrangements by colonial Power

The draft resolution on military activities and arrangements by colonial Powers in territories under their administration (Document A/54/580) was adopted by a recorded vote of 99 in favour to 53 against, with 1 abstentions.

In Favour: Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, 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, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan.

Abstain: Federated States of Micronesia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Jordan, Kiribati, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tajikistan, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda.

(END OF ANNEX XIV)

ANNEX XV

Vote on implementation of decolonization declaration by specialized agencies

The draft resolution in implementation by the specialized agencies of the declaration on granting independence to colonial countries and peoples (Document A/54/581) was adopted by a recorded vote of 101 in favour to none against, with 52 abstentions.

In Favour: Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: None.

Abstain: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, 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.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Jordan, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Morocco, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Yemen.

(END OF ANNEX XV)

ANNEX XVI

Vote on implementation of decolonization Declaration.

The draft resolution on implementation of the Declaration on granting independence to colonial countries and peoples (document A/54/L.50) was adopted by a recorded vote of 141 in favour to 2 against, with 14 abstentions:

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

Against: United Kingdom, United States.

Abstain: Belgium, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Turkey.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Federated States of Micronesia, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Jordan, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Nauru, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

(END OF ANNEX XVI)

ANNEX XVII

Vote on dissemination of decolonization information

The draft resolution on dissemination of information on decolonization (Document A/54/23) was adopted by a recorded vote of 149 in favour to 2 against, with 3 abstentions.

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

Against: United Kingdom, United States.

Abstain: France, Israel, Monaco.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Federated States of Micronesia, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Jordan, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Morocco, Nauru, Nigeria, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan.

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