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        General Assembly
1 June 1987


Forty-second session
Item 80 of the preliminary list*


University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds" for Palestine refugees

Report of the Secretary-General

1. The present report is submitted in pursuance of General Assembly resolution 41/69 K of 3 December 1987, the operative part of which read as follows:

2. The General Assembly first considered the establishment of the proposed university at its thirty-fifth session. At that session it adopted, on 3 November 1980, resolution 35/13 B in which it requested the Secretary-General, in co-ordination with the Council of the United Nations University, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to study ways and means of establishing at Jerusalem a university of arts and sciences to cater to the needs of Palestine refugees in the area, under the aegis of the United Nations.

3. Since then, the General Assembly has adopted six further resolutions on the subject (36/146 G of 16 December 1981, 37/120 C of 16 December 1982, 38/83 K of 15 December 1983, 39/99 K of 14 December 1984, 40/165 K of 16 December 1985 and 41/69 K of 3 December 1986) and the Secretary-General has submitted five reports (A/37/599, A.38/386, A/39/528, A/40/543 and A/41/457) in which he describes the steps he has taken in pursuance of the General Assembly resolutions, including his efforts to conduct the functional feasibility study on establishing the proposed university that was first requested by the Assembly in its resolution 36/146 G, as well as the position taken by the Government of Israel in regard to the establishment of the university.

4. As previously indicated by the Secretary-General, 1/ completion of the feasibility study envisaged in resolution 36/146 G would be a necessarys tep toward meeting the request addressed to him by the General Assembly. Accordingly, following the adoption of resolution 41/69 K, the Secretary-General sought the assistance of the Rector of the United Nations University, who made available an eminent expert to carry out the study.

5. On 11 February 1987, the Secretary-General addressed to the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations a note verbale in which, with reference to the request addressed to him by the General Assembly, he stated the following:

6. On 22 April 1987, the Permanent Representative of Israel sent the following reply to the Secretary-General:
7. In view of the position taken by the Government of Israel, it has not been possible to complete the functional feasibility study on the proposed university at Jerusalem as planned.



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