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“1. Reaffirms 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;
“2. Expresses concern that the mechanism agreed upon by the parties in article XII of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements 1/ on the return of displaced persons has not been effected, and expresses the hope for an accelerated return of displaced persons;
“3. Endorses, in the meanwhile, the efforts of the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to continue to provide humanitarian assistance, as far as practicable, on an emergency basis, and as a temporary measure, to persons in the area who are currently displaced and in serious need of continued assistance as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities;
“4. Strongly appeals to all Governments and to organizations and individuals to contribute generously to the Agency and to the other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations concerned for the above purposes;
“5. Requests the Secretary-General, after consulting with the Commissioner-General, to report to the General Assembly before its fifty-sixth session on the progress made with regard to the implementation of the present resolution.”
3. In a note verbale dated 17 September 2001, the Permanent Representative of Israel replied as follows:
“The resolutions concerning UNRWA should respect the terms of reference of the peace process, which call for the resolution of all outstanding issues through bilateral negotiations. In the light of the present difficulties in the region, and the continued acts of violence and terrorism, it is especially important now that the agreed terms of the peace process receive encouragement and support from concerned parties in the region and the international community, including through the resolutions regarding the functioning of UNRWA.
“Israel believes that UNRWA can play an important role in promoting the social and economic advancement foreseen in the agreements between Israel and the Palestinians, within the limits of its humanitarian mandate, and accordingly looks forward to continuing the cooperation and good working relationship with UNRWA.
“In the light of the above, Israel considers it essential that the General Assembly consolidate the resolutions regarding UNRWA into one resolution directly related to the Agency’s humanitarian tasks and refrain from including elements that threaten to prejudge issues that are subject to negotiations between the parties. This would also be compatible with the necessity to rationalize the work of the General Assembly.”