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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
A/65/PV.62
10 December 2010

Official Records
General Assembly
Sixty-fifth session

62nd plenary meeting
Friday, 10 December 2010, 10 a.m.
New York

President: Mr. Deiss .........................................(Switzerland)





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Reports of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee)

The President (spoke in French): The Assembly will now turn to the reports of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) under agenda items 49 to 59, 118 and 130. I request the Rapporteur of the Committee, Mr. Mohammad Wali Naeemi of Afghanistan, to introduce in one intervention the reports of the Committee.

Mr. Naeemi (Afghanistan), Rapporteur of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee): It is a great privilege and honour for me to introduce in the General Assembly the reports of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), submitted under agenda items 49 to 59, 118 and 130. Those reports, contained in documents A/65/420 through A/65/432, include the texts of the draft resolutions and decisions recommended to the General Assembly for adoption.

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The third report, submitted under agenda item 51, “United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East”, is contained in document A/65/422. The Fourth Committee considered the report of the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (A/65/13) and the report of the Working Group on the Financing of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (A/65/551) and other relevant reports by the Secretary-General. The Committee decided to defer its consideration of the report of the Secretary-General on strengthening the management capacity of UNRWA, requested in resolution 64/89, until 2011.

Under this item, the Committee adopted four draft resolutions related to various aspects of the work of UNRWA. Their adoption would have the Assembly reaffirm that the Agency’s functioning remains essential in all fields of operation. These draft resolutions call for donor support for the tireless efforts of UNRWA in increasingly difficult conditions. The Fourth Committee also recommends the extension of the mandate of the Agency until 30 June 2014. The Committee recommends to the Assembly the adoption of these four draft resolutions, contained in paragraph 17 of the report.

The fourth report, submitted under agenda item 52, “Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories”, is contained in document A/65/423. The Fourth Committee considered the report of the Special Committee concerning the protection and promotion of the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arab inhabitants of the occupied territories, as well as reports by the Secretary-General submitted under this item.

Under this item, the Fourth Committee adopted five draft resolutions, which can be found in paragraph 16 of its report. They would reaffirm the illegality of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and demand that Israel comply with its obligations under international law, as mentioned in the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of July 2004. The Fourth Committee recommends these draft resolutions to the General Assembly for adoption.

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The President (spoke in French): I thank the Rapporteur of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee). If there is no proposal under rule 66 of the rules of procedure, I shall take it that the General Assembly decides not to discuss the reports of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) that are before the Assembly today.

It was so decided.

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United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

The President (spoke in French): The Assembly has before it four draft resolutions recommended by the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) in paragraph 17 of its report. We will now take decisions on draft resolutions I to IV, one by one. After the Assembly has taken decisions on all of them, representatives will have the opportunity to explain their vote.

We turn to draft resolution I, entitled “Assistance to Palestine refugees”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against:
Israel
Abstaining:
The President (spoke in French): We now turn to draft resolution II, entitled “Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
Cameroon, Canada, Liberia, Panama
The President (spoke in French): We next turn to draft resolution III, entitled “Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
Cameroon, Canada
The President (spoke in French): We now turn to draft resolution IV, entitled “Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
Cameroon, Liberia
The President (spoke in French): The General Assembly has thus concluded this stage of its consideration of agenda item 51.

Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of
the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories


The President (spoke in French): The Assembly has before it five draft resolutions recommended by the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) in paragraph 16 of its report. We will now take action on draft resolutions I through V, one by one. After all decisions have been taken, representatives will have the opportunity to explain their vote.

We turn first to draft resolution I, entitled “Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
The President (spoke in French): Draft resolution II is entitled “Applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire
The President (spoke in French): Draft resolution III is entitled “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Panama
The President (spoke in French): Draft resolution IV is entitled “Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire
The President (spoke in French): Draft resolution V is entitled “The occupied Syrian Golan”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against:
Israel
Abstaining:
The President (spoke in French): May I take it that it is the wish of the General Assembly to conclude its consideration of agenda item 52?

It was so decided.



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