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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/44/508
12 September 1989

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

Forty-fourth session
Item 77 of the provisional agenda*




UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR
PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST

Protection of Palestine refugees

Report of the Secretary-General


1. The present report is submitted to the General Assembly in pursuance of resolution 43/57 I of 6 December 1988, entitled "Protection of Palestine Refugees", the operative paragraphs of which read as follows:



2. On 28 February 1989, the Secretary-General addressed a note verbale to the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, in which he drew attention to his reporting responsibility under the resolution and requested the Permanent Representative to inform him of any steps his Government had taken or envisaged to take in implementation of the relevant provisions of the resolution.

3. In a note verbale dated 28 June 1989, the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations replied as follows:
4. The Commissioner-General of UNRWA, as the senior United Nations official responsible for providing services to the Palestine refugees, has continued his efforts, in consultation with the Secretary-General, to do all that is feasible to contribute to the safety and security of the refugees in the occupied territories. His efforts in regard to Palestine refugees are described in the annual report of the Commissioner-General to the General Assembly for the period 1 July 1988 to 30 June 1989. 2/

5. Following the withdrawal of the Israeli forces from the Saida and Tyre areas in February and April 1985 respectively (see A/40/756, para. 5), there is nothing further to state regarding the Palestine refugees in Lebanon in the context of the present report.

6. Section IV D of the annual report of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA 2/ reviews the efforts UNRWA has made during the period to initiate a programme for repair of refugee shelters and Agency installations damaged and destroyed during the fighting in Lebanon.

7. There has been no progress on the claim by UNRWA against the Government of Israel regarding damage to its property and facilities resulting from the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.

Notes


1/ S/19443.

2/ Official Records of the General Assembly, Forty-fourth Session, Supplement No. 13 (A/44/13).


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