12 November 2015
Second Committee Passes Resolutions Reaffirming Rights of Palestinian People
over Natural Resources, Recognizes Right to Claim Restitution
Seventieth Session, 31st Meeting (PM)
Members Also Pass Text on Oil Slick off Lebanon, Unilateral Economic Measures
The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) approved three resolutions today, one of them reaffirming the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the population of occupied Syrian Golan over their land, water and energy resources.
By other terms of the text, titled “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 Assembly would demand that Israel cease the exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment of the natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and recognize the right of the Palestinian people to claim restitution.
The Committee approved the text by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and United States), and 9 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Togo and Tonga).
Calling that resolution an “annual ritual of Israel-bashing and pro-Palestinian lip service” which contributed nothing to peace, the representative of Israel stated that the text was based on a one-sided report, from the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).
The Observer of the State of Palestine stated that the resolution reaffirmed the legitimate rights of his people and recognized their right to reparations. Not all losses could be quantified, he said, calling on all Member States to boycott products from terrorist colonies.
Action on Draft Resolutions
The Committee then turned to the resolution on “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 representative of South Africa, speaking on behalf of Group of 77, made a small amendment to the footnote of the resolution.
Speaking in explanation of vote before vote, Israel’s representative said that once again the vital work of the Committee was getting side-tracked by political agendas. The resolution was based on the ESCWA report, which was “one-sided, economical with truth and factually selective”. The report and text ignored that Gaza was controlled by a terrorist organization. The annual ritual of Israel-bashing and pro-Palestinian lip service contributed nothing to peace.
The representative of Luxembourg, speaking on behalf of the European Union, said that while the Union would support the resolution, the use of the term “Palestine” could not be interpreted as recognition of the State of Palestine.
The Committee adopted that resolution by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and United States), and 9 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Togo and Tonga).
Making a statement after the vote, the Observer of the State of Palestine thanked all States who had voted in favour of the resolution which restated the legitimate rights of his people and reaffirmed their permanent sovereignty over their natural resources. It also recognized their right to reparations. Noting the relevance of international humanitarian laws in the matter, he asked Israeli authorities to cease all measures that damaged the resources and to “remember the lessons of history”. Israel had received reparations for the actions of the Nazis. There were losses which could be covered by reparations, but there were also losses that could not be quantified. The Union had taken a step in the right direction by banning products from Israel, he said, calling on all Member States to boycott products from terrorist colonies.
For information media. Not an official record.
Document Type: French text, Press Release
Document Sources: Department of Public Information (DPI), General Assembly, Second Committee (Economic and Financial)
Subject: Economic issues, Environmental issues, Golan Heights, Human rights and international humanitarian law, Inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, Land, Natural resources, Occupation, Water
Publication Date: 12/11/2015
URL source: http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/gaef3439.doc.htm