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PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST
Revenues derived from Palestine refugees' properties
Report of the Secretary-General
1. The present report is submitted in pursuance of General Assembly resolution 46/46 H of 9 December 1991, on revenues derived from Palestine refugees' properties, the operative paragraphs of which read as follows:
"The General Assembly,
"2. Calls once more upon Israel to render all facilities and assistance to the Secretary-General in the implementation of the present resolution;
"3. Calls upon the Governments of all the other Member States concerned to provide the Secretary-General with any pertinent information in their possession concerning Arab property, assets and property rights in Israel, which would assist the Secretary-General in the implementation of the present resolution;
"4. Deplores the refusal of Israel to cooperate with the Secretary-General in the, implementation of the resolutions on the question;
"5. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its forty-seventh session on the implementation of the present resolution."
2. On 18 March 1992, in accordance with established procedure, the relevant provisions of General Assembly resolutions 46/46 A to K were brought to the' attention of the Chairman of the United Nations Conciliation Commission for-Palestine.
4. Also on the same date, the Secretary-General sent a note verbale to all other Member States, drawing their attention to the relevant provisions of resolutions 46/46 A to K, including paragraph 3 of resolution 46/46 H, and requesting information by 30 June 1992 concerning any action taken or envisaged in relation to their implementation.
5. A reply dated 1 July 1992 was received from Israel, covering various aspects of resolutions 46/46 A to K. In the portion of the reply relating to resolution 46/46 H, the text read as follows:
"There is no legal basis for taking the steps proposed by this resolution. Property rights within the borders of a sovereign State are exclusively subject to the domestic laws of that State. The right of States to regulate and dispose of property within their territory (and the income derived from that property) is a generally accepted principle.
"Significantly, the sponsors of this resolution have not suggested at any time that similar steps be taken regarding the confiscated Jewish property in Arab countries. As a result of the 1948 war, approximately 800,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries were resettled in Israel.
"The property left behind by these Jewish refugees (estimated to be worth billions of dollars) was expropriated by the Governments of the Arab countries in which they lived. There can be no difference in law, justice or equity between the claims of Arab and Jewish property owners. By doing so, the sponsors of resolution 46/46 H are suggesting that Israel's sovereignty is limited or restricted by some provision that does not apply to other States Members of the United Nations."