Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people over natural resources – GA vote – Verbatim record (excerpts)

Official Records


General Assembly
Sixty-third session

72nd plenary meeting
Friday, 19 December 2008, 10 a.m.
New York


Mr. D’Escoto Brockmann  ……………………………………………………




  In the absence of the President, Mr. Abdelaziz (Egypt), Vice-President, took the Chair.



  The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.




  Reports of the Second Committee

  The Acting President : The General Assembly will now consider the reports of the Second Committee on agenda items 38, 46, 47 and its sub-items (a) to (d), 48, 49 and its sub-items (a) to (c) and (e) to (g), 50, 51 and its sub-items (a) to (e), 52 and its sub-items (a) and (b), 53 and its sub-items (a) and (b), 54, 110 and 119.

  I request the Rapporteur of the Second Committee, Mr. Awsan Al-Aud of Yemen, to introduce in one intervention the reports of the Second Committee.

 Mr. Al-Aud (Yemen) (Rapporteur of the Second Committee): I have the honour to present for the Assembly’s consideration the following reports of the Second Committee on the agenda items allocated to it by the General Assembly at its sixty-third session. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the facilitators who persevered in the negotiations on the Committee’s draft resolutions.

  Under agenda item 38, entitled “Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources”, the Committee recommends, in paragraph 11 of document A/63/410, the adoption of one draft resolution.


 Agenda item 38

  Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources

    Report of the Second Committee (A/63/410)

 The Acting President : The Assembly has before it a draft resolution recommended by the Second Committee in paragraph 11 of its report. We will now take a decision on the draft resolution. A recorded vote has been requested.

  A recorded vote was taken.

In favour:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Po rtugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, United States of America.


Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu.

  The draft resolution was adopted by 164 votes to 8, with 5 abstentions (resolution 63/201).

  [Subsequently, the delegation of Botswana advised the Secretariat that it had intended to vote in favour.]

  The Acting President : May I take it that it is the wish of the General Assembly to conclude its consideration of agenda item 38?

  It was so decided.


  The meeting rose at 11.35 a.m.


This record contains the text of speeches delivered in English and of the interpretation of speeches delivered in the other languages. Corrections should be submitted to the original languages only. They should be incorporated in a copy of the record and sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned to the Chief of the Verbatim Reporting Service, room C-154A. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.

Document symbol: A/63/PV.72
Document Type: Meeting record, Provisional verbatim record, Verbatim Record, Voting record
Document Sources: General Assembly
Subject: Agenda Item, Natural resources
Publication Date: 19/12/2008

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