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Adopted by the General Assembly on 19 December 2007
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UNITED
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        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/62/415
30 November 2007

Original: English

Sixty-second session
Agenda item 41




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


Report of the Second Committee


Rapporteur: Ms. Tamar Tchitanava (Georgia)


I. Introduction

1. At its 3rd plenary meeting, on 21 September 2007, the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to include in the agenda of its sixty-second session the item entitled “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” and to allocate it to the Second Committee.

2. The Second Committee considered the item at its 12th, 20th and 28th meetings, on 22 October and on 1 and 16 November 2007. An account of the Committee’s discussion of the item is contained in the relevant summary records (A/C.2/62/SR.12, 20 and 28). Attention is also drawn to the general debate held by the Committee at its 2nd to 6th meetings, from 8 to 10 October (see A/C.2/62/SR.2-6).

3. For its consideration of the item, the Committee had before it the following documents:

(a) Relevant chapters of the report of the Economic and Social Council for 2007;1

(b) Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (A/62/75-E/2007/13);

(c) Letter dated 18 October 2007 from the representative of Pakistan to the Secretary-General transmitting the final communiqué of the annual coordination meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the States members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, held at United Nations Headquarters on 2 October 2007 (A/62/507-S/2007/636);

(d) Letter dated 23 October 2007 from the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Secretary-General (A/62/505-S/2007/630);

(e) Letter dated 9 October 2007 from the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Secretary-General (A/C.2/62/6).

4. At the 12th meeting, on 22 October, the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia made an introductory statement (see A/C.2/62/SR.12).

5. At the same meeting, pursuant to section C, paragraph 3 (d), of General Assembly resolution 58/316, the Committee held a dialogue with the representative of the Secretariat, during which comments were made and questions were posed by the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic and the observer for Palestine, to which the Executive Secretary responded (see A/C.2/62/SR.12).


II. Consideration of draft resolutions A/C.2/62/L.7 and Rev.1

6. At the 20th meeting, on 1 November, the representative of Egypt, on behalf of Algeria, Bahrain, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, the Sudan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Yemen and Palestine,2 introduced a draft resolution entitled “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” (A/C.2/62/L.7). Subsequently, Brunei Darussalam, Guinea, Namibia, Nicaragua and Senegal joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

7. At its 28th meeting, on 16 November, the Committee had before it a revised draft resolution (A/C.2/62/L.7/Rev.1), submitted by the sponsors of draft resolution A/C.2/62/L.7, in which the fourteenth preambular paragraph, which read:

Reaffirming the need for the immediate resumption of negotiations within the Middle East peace process, on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973, 425 (1978) of 19 March 1978 and 1397 (2002) of 12 March 2002, the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet performance-based road map to a permanent two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as endorsed by the Security Council in its resolution 1515 (2003) of 19 November 2003, and for the achievement of a final settlement on all tracks”,

was replaced by:

Reaffirming the need for the immediate resumption of negotiations within the Middle East peace process, on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973, 425 (1978) of 19 March 1978 and 1397 (2002) of 12 March 2002, the principle of land for peace, the Quartet performance-based road map to a permanent two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as endorsed by the Security Council in its resolution 1515 (2003) of 19 November 2003, and the Arab Peace Initiative for the achievement of a final settlement on all tracks”.

8. At the same meeting, the Committee was informed that the revised draft resolution had no programme budget implications.

9. Also at the same meeting, the representative of Egypt orally revised the fifteenth preambular paragraph of the revised draft resolution by inserting the words “as a step towards the implementation of the road map” at the end of the paragraph.

10. At the same meeting, the Committee adopted draft resolution A/C.2/62/L.7/Rev.1, as orally revised, by a recorded vote of 143 to 7, with 5 abstentions (see para. 14). The voting was as follows:3

In favour:

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:

Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Nauru, Tonga.

11. Before the adoption of the draft resolution, a statement was made by the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic (see A/C.2/62/SR.28).

12. After the adoption of the draft resolution, statements in explanation of vote were made by the representatives of Portugal (on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the European Union and Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway; and Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), Israel and Canada (see A/C.2/62/SR.28).

13. Also at the same meeting, a statement was made by the observer for Palestine (see A/C.2/62/SR.28).


III. Recommendation of the Second Committee


14. The Second Committee recommends to the General Assembly the adoption of the following draft resolution:


Notes

1A/62/3 and Add.1; for the final text see Official Records of the General Assembly, Sixty-second Session, Supplement No. 3 (A/62/3/Rev.1).
2In accordance with General Assembly resolution 52/250.
3The representatives of Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, El Salvador, Georgia, Peru and Uganda subsequently indicated that, had their delegations been present, they would have voted in favour.

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