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UNITED NATIONS
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GA/9202
13 December 1996

ASSEMBLY SEEKS END TO ISRAELI SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY, URGES FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IN OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY

Many Issues Covered in 30 Texts Adopted on Report of Fourth
(Special Political and Decolonization) Committee


The General Assembly this morning called for an end to Israeli settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory, and for step to ensure freedom of movement within the territory. It took these actions as it considered the reports of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization). Overall, the Assembly acted on 28 draft resolutions and four draft decisions on the committee's work, covering - among others - issues related to decolonization, peace-keeping, atomic radiation, United Nations information capacities, peaceful uses of outer space and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

The Assembly was told that the committee had approved a motion to defer, until March 1997, an omnibus resolution from the Special Committee on Decolonization related to the situation in the 12 Non-Self-Governing Territories. The deferment had been sought by the administering powers. The Assembly President said those Powers had assured him the deferment was only to further dialogue, and attempt to achieve consensus.

The Assembly adopted five resolutions on Israeli practices, including one demanding the complete cessation of all Israeli settlement activities in the occupied territories. That text was approved by a vote of 152 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States) with 6 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Palau, Swaziland, Uruguay) (for further details of the voting, see Annex IX).

The Assembly called on Israel to immediately end the closure of the occupied territories and to ensure freedom of movement within the Palestinian territory by a resolution adopted by a vote of 149 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 8 abstentions (Argentina, Federated States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Palau, Swaziland, Uruguay). (See Annex X).

By another draft, the Assembly called upon Israel to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan. Voting by 153 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 9 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Kenya, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Swaziland, United States, Uruguay) it called on Israel to cease establishing settlements in that occupied territory (Annex XI).

By another draft, the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli practices was requested to continue its work, paying particular attention to Israel's non-compliance with the 1949 Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. The voting was 79 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 76 abstentions (Annex VII).

By a vote of 156 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 3 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau), the Assembly adopted a draft reaffirming the applicability of the 1949 Geneva Convention to the territories occupied by Israel since 1967 (Annex VIII).

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By one of seven resolutions on the activities of UNRWA, adopted by a vote of 159 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, United States), the Assembly urged all Member States to expedite aid and assistance for the development of the Palestinian people and the occupied territories (Annex I).

By a related resolution, adopted without a vote, the Assembly requested the working group on the financing of UNRWA to continue its work for one year.

By a vote of 157 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia), the Assembly reaffirmed the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967 (Annex II).

By another text approved by a vote of 163 in favour to none against, with 1 abstention (Israel), the Agency was requested to act as the recipient and trustee for special allocations for grants and scholarships to be awarded to qualified Palestine refugee candidates (Annex III).

The Assembly welcomed the transfer of the UNRWA headquarters to Gaza and the signing of the Headquarters Agreement with the Palestinian Authority, by the text of a resolution on UNRWA operations adopted by a vote of 159 in favour to 2 against, (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands) (Annex IV).

By a vote of 152 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 6 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Turkey, Uzbekistan) the Assembly reaffirmed the entitlement of Palestine Arab refugees to their property and income derived therefrom (Annex V).

The Secretary-General was requested to take all measures to establish the University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds", by a resolution the Assembly adopted today by a vote of 159 in favour to 3 against (Israel, Palau, United States), with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia) (Annex VI).

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Assembly Work Programme

The General Assembly met this morning to take action on 13 reports of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization).

The reports contain several draft proposals pertaining to the Committee's work on the effects of atomic radiation, international cooperation on outer space, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Israeli practices in the occupied territories, peace-keeping operations in all their aspects, questions relating to information, decolonization matters, the situation in the occupied territories of Croatia, and the composition of relevant organs of the United Nations.

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The report on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (document A/51/591) contains seven draft resolutions approved by the Committee on 27 November.

By draft A, on assistance to Palestine refugees, the Assembly would urge all Member States to expedite aid and assistance for the development of the Palestinian people and the occupied territories, and would call on all governments, as a matter of urgency, to make the most generous efforts to meet the anticipated needs of the Agency.

That draft was approved by a recorded vote of 139 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, United States).

By draft B, which was approved without a vote, the Assembly would request the working group on the financing of UNRWA to continue its efforts for the period of one year. It would further request that the Secretary-General provide the necessary services and assistance to that group for the conduct of its work. The efforts of the working group to assist in ensuring the financial security of the Agency would be commended.

By the text of draft C, on displaced persons, the Assembly would reaffirm the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities in the territories to return to their homes or former places of residence. It would endorse UNRWA's efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to displaced persons in need of assistance as a result of those hostilities. The Assembly would appeal to governments and individuals to contribute to the Agency and other concerned organizations for the above purposes.

The Committee approved that draft by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Costa Rica, Federated States of Micronesia).

Under the terms of draft D, on offers by Member States for education and training for Palestine refugees, the Assembly would appeal to States and organizations to augment the special allocations for grants and scholarships, and invite the Organization's specialized agencies to extend assistance for higher education and vocational training to the Palestinian refugees. The Agency would be requested to act as the recipient and trustee for the special allocation of grants and scholarships, and to award them to qualified Palestinian refugee candidates.

The draft was approved by the Committee by a recorded vote of 142 in favour to none against, with 1 (Israel) abstaining.

Draft E, approved by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 3 abstentions (Costa Rica, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands), concerns the operations of UNRWA. It would have the Assembly call upon Israel to accept de jure applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, and to abide by its provisions. It would further call on Israel to compensate the Agency for damages to its property resulting from its actions. The Commissioner-General would be requested to proceed with the issuance of identity cards for Palestine refugees and their descendants in the occupied Palestinian territory. States and organizations would be urged to increase their contributions and support to the Agency in maintaining its assistance to the refugees of Palestine.

The terms of draft F, approved by a recorded vote of 128 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 8 abstentions (Argentina, Costa Rica, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guatemala, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Turkey), address Palestine refugees' properties and their revenues. The Assembly would reaffirm that Palestine Arab refugees are entitled to their property and to the income derived therefrom. It would request the Secretary-General to take all appropriate steps, in consultation with the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine, for the protection of Arab property, assets and property rights in Israel and to preserve and modernize existing records. Israel would be called on to render all facilities and assistance to the Secretary-General for the draft's implementation. It would also call on all parties concerned to provide any relevant information to assist the Secretary-General in implementing the resolution. The Assembly would urge that the Palestinian and Israeli sides be called on to address the refugees' properties and revenues in the final status negotiations of the Middle East peace process.

By draft G of the report, the Assembly would request that the Secretary-General continue to take all necessary measures for establishing the University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds" for Palestine refugees. It would call once more upon Israel to remove all hindrances that it had placed in the way of the University's establishment. The draft was approved by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Costa Rica, Federated States of Micronesia).

Also before the Assembly is the Fourth Committee's report on the Israeli practices in the occupied territories (document A/51/592), which contains five draft resolutions approved on 27 November.

By the terms of draft I, on the work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices, the Assembly would demand Israel's cooperation with that body and would deplore Israeli practices which violate the human rights of the Palestinian people. The Special Committee would be requested to continue investigating Israeli practices, paying particular attention to Israel's lack of compliance with the 1949 Geneva Convention regarding the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, pending complete termination of the occupation. The Secretary-General would be requested to provide facilities and staff to the Special Committee as necessary to assist that body in performing its tasks, and also to ensure the widest possible circulation of the Special Committee's periodic reports, and of information on its activities through the Secretariat's Department of Public Information (DPI).

The draft was approved by a recorded vote of 69 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 59 abstentions.

Draft resolution II, on the applicability of the 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, would have the Assembly demand that Israel accept the de jure applicability of the Convention to the occupied territories and that it comply with its provisions. States parties to the Convention would be called upon to exert all efforts in order to ensure respect for its provisions by Israel. It would be reaffirmed that the Geneva Convention is applicable to the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967.

The text was approved by a recorded vote of 129 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 4 abstentions (Costa Rica, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Panama).

By the terms of draft III, on Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and the occupied Syrian Golan, the Assembly would demand the complete cessation of all Israeli settlement activities. It would stress the need for full implementation of Security Council resolution 904 (1994), in which the Council called upon Israel to prevent illegal acts of violence by Israeli settlers, and to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilians in the occupied territory. The Assembly would reaffirm that Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development. Israel would be called upon to accept the de jure applicability of the Geneva Convention to the occupied territories, including Jerusalem, and to abide by its provisions.

The text was approved by a recorded vote of 126 in favour to 3 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, United States), with 6 abstentions (Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Panama, Uruguay).

Under the provisions of draft IV, which concerns Israeli practices affecting human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, the Assembly would demand that Israel cease all practices which violate the human rights of the Palestinian people. It would call for an immediate end to the closure of the occupied territories and the assurance of the freedom of movement within the Palestinian territory, in conformity with international law and agreements reached. The Assembly would call on Israel to accelerate the release of all Palestinians arbitrarily detained or imprisoned and also to respect the Palestinian people's rights, pending the extension of the self-government arrangements to the rest of the occupied territory.

The draft was approved by a recorded vote of 125 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 7 abstentions (Argentina, Costa Rica, Federated States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Panama, Uruguay).

By the terms of draft resolution V, on the occupied Syrian Golan, the Assembly would call upon Israel to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan, and in particular desist from establishing settlements. It would further call on Israel to desist from imposing Israeli citizenship and Israeli identity cards on the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan, and desist from its repressive measures against the population therein. Determining that all such measures taken by Israel violated international law and had no legal effect, it would call on Member States not to recognize them.

That draft was approved by the Committee by a recorded vote of 127 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 6 abstentions (Costa Rica, Federated States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, United States, Uruguay).

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Action on Fourth Committee Reports

WALID DOUDECH (Tunisia), Rapporteur of the Fourth Committee, introduced the Committee's 13 reports.

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Next, the Assembly took up the report on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Draft A of that report, on assistance to Palestine refugees, was adopted by a recorded vote of 159 in favour to one against (Israel), with 2 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, United States). (See Annex I.)

Draft B, on the working group on the financing of UNRWA, was adopted by the Assembly without a vote.

Next, the Assembly adopted draft C of the report, on displaced persons, by a vote of 157 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia). (See Annex II.)

The Assembly adopted draft D, on offers by Member States for education and training for Palestine refugees, by a vote of 163 in favour to none against, with 1 abstention (Israel). (See Annex III.)

Draft E, concerning the operations of UNRWA, was adopted by a recorded vote of 159 in favour to 2 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands), with 2 abstentions (Israel, United States). (See Annex IV.)

The terms of draft F, addressing the properties and revenues of Palestine refugees, were approved by a recorded vote of 152 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 6 abstentions (Turkey, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Uzbekistan, Guatemala, Fiji). (See Annex V.)

The Assembly then took up draft G of the report, on University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds" for Palestine refugees, and adopted it by a vote of 159 in favour to 3 against (United States, Palau, Israel), with one abstention (Federated States of Micronesia). (See Annex VI.)

The Assembly then turned to the Fourth Committee's report on Israeli practices in the occupied territories, and took action on the five drafts contained therein.

Draft I, on the work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices, was adopted by a recorded vote of 79 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 76 abstentions. (See Annex VII.)

Draft resolution II, on the applicability of the 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, was adopted by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 3 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau). (See Annex VIII.)

The Assembly then adopted draft III, on Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and the occupied Syrian Golan, by a recorded vote of 152 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 6 abstentions (Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Swaziland, Uruguay, Guatemala). (See Annex IX.)

Turning to draft IV, on Israeli practices affecting human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, the Assembly adopted the draft by a recorded vote of 149 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 8 abstentions (Argentina, Kenya, Guatemala, Uruguay, Swaziland, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia). (See Annex X.)

The Assembly next took up draft resolution V, on the occupied Syrian Golan, adopting it by a recorded vote of 153 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 9 abstentions (Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, United States, Uruguay, Swaziland, Palau, Kenya, Guatemala, Liberia). (See Annex XI.)

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ANNEX I

Vote on Assistance to Palestine Refugees

The draft resolution on assistance to Palestine refugees (document A/51/591) was adopted by a recorded vote of 159 in favour to 1 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel.

Abstaining: Federated States of Micronesia, United States.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Greece, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Yemen, Zaire.

ANNEX II

Vote on Persons Displaced as Result of Hostilities

The draft resolution on persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities (document A/51/591) was adopted by a recorded vote of 157 in favour to 2 against, with 1 abstention, as follows:

In favour: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstaining: Federated States of Micronesia.

Absent: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Greece, Lesotho,

Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Yemen, Zaire.

ANNEX III

Vote on Grants and Scholarships for Palestine Refugees

The draft resolution on offers by Member States of grants and scholarships for higher education for Palestine refugees (document A/51/591) was adopted by a recorded vote of 163 in favour to none against, with 1 abstention, as follows:

In favour: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: None.

Abstaining: Israel.

Absent: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Greece, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Tajikistan, Yemen, Zaire.

ANNEX IV

Vote on UNRWA's Operations

The draft resolution on UNRWA's operations (document A/51/591) was adopted by a recorded vote of 159 in favour to 2 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstaining: Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands.

Absent: Comoros, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Greece, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Yemen, Zaire.

ANNEX V

Vote on Revenues from Palestine Refugees' Properties

The draft resolution on revenues derived from Palestine refugees' properties (document A/51/591) was adopted by a recorded vote of 152 in favour to 2 against, with 6 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstaining: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Turkey, Uzbekistan.

Absent: Comoros, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Greece, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Zaire.

ANNEX VI

Vote on University of Jerusalem `Al-Quds' for Palestine Refugees

The draft resolution on a University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds" for Palestine refugees (document A/51/591) was adopted by a recorded vote of 159 in favour to 3 against, with 1 abstention, as follows:

In favour: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, Palau, United States.

Abstaining: Federated States of Micronesia.

Absent: Comoros, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Greece, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Zaire.

ANNEX VII

Vote on Special Committee on Israeli Practices

The draft resolution on the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices (document A/51/592) was adopted by a recorded vote of 79 in favour to 2 against, with 76 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstaining: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa, San Marino, Sierra Leone, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.

Absent: Cape Verde, Comoros, Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gambia, Greece, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Zaire.

ANNEX VIII

Vote on 1949 Geneva Convention

The draft resolution on the 1949 Geneva Convention (document A/51/592) was adopted by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 2 against, with 3 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstaining: Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Island, Palau.

Absent: Barbados, Comoros, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Greece, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Zaire.

ANNEX IX

Vote on Israeli Settlements in Occupied Territories

The draft resolution on Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and the occupied Syrian Golan (document A/51/592) was adopted by a recorded vote of 152 in favour to 2 against, with 6 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstaining: Federated States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Palau, Swaziland, Uruguay.

Absent: Comoros, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Greece, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Zaire.

ANNEX X

Vote on Practices Affecting Palestinians' Human Rights

The draft resolution on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people (document A/51/592) was adopted by a recorded vote of 149 in favour to 2 against, with 8 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstaining: Argentina, Federated States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Palau, Swaziland, Uruguay.

Absent: Barbados, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Greece, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Zaire.

ANNEX XI

Vote on Occupied Syrian Golan

The draft resolution on the occupied Syrian Golan (document A/51/592) was adopted by a recorded vote of 153 in favour to 1 against, with 9 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel.

Abstaining: Federated States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Kenya, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Swaziland, United States, Uruguay.

Absent: Barbados, Comoros, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Greece, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Zaire.


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