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        General Assembly
4 October 1974

Twenty-ninth session


Note by the Secretary-General
transmitting the report

The twenty-eighth report of the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine, covering the period from 30 September 1973 to 29 September 1974, the text of which is attached to the present note, was transmitted by the Chairman of the Commission by letter of 30 September 1974 for communication to the States Members of the United Nations in accordance with paragraph 6 of General Assembly resolution 512 (VI) of 26 January 1952, and paragraph 3 of General Assembly resolution 3089 B (XXVIII) of 7 December 1973.


Twenty-eighth report of the United Nations
Conciliation Commission for Palestine

1. In paragraph 3 of resolution 3089 B (XXVIII) of 7 December 1973, the General Assembly noted with regret that the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine had been unable to find a means of achieving progress in the implementation of paragraph 11 of Assembly resolution 194 (III) and requested the Commission to exert continued efforts towards the implementation thereof and to report thereon as appropriate, but not later than 1 October 1974. The present report is submitted pursuant to that request.

2. In its twenty-fourth 1/ and twenty-fifth 2/ reports, covering the periods from 24 December 1965 to 30 Sep-tember 1966 and from 1 October 1966 to 30 September 1967, the Commission responded to earlier requests by the General Assembly in its resolutions 2052 (XX) of 15 December 1965 and 2154 (XXI) of 17 November 1966, in connexion with the implementation of paragraph 11 of resolution 194 (III). In those reports the Commission noted that examination of various ways in which it might be possible to intensify its efforts with any prospect of advancing matters towards the implementation of paragraph 11 of resolution 194 (III) had compelled the conclusion that all the ways envisaged presupposed substantial changes in the situation. The events which had occurred in 1967 and thereafter complicated an already very complex problem. However recent developments in the Middle East encourage the Commission to believe that prospects may have improved.

3. In the course of 1972, in response to formal requests from interested parties, and after consultation with the Legal Counsel of the United Nations, the Commission decided that these interested parties could have access to certain documents of the Commission 3/ with the understanding that the recipient Governments will continue to treat valuation figures contained therein on a confidential basis. Copies of such documents would be furnished on the understanding that any expenses shall be borne by the delegation concerned.

4. In accordance with the Commission's decision to make available to the interested parties upon request copies of certain documents and materials in its possession, and in pursuance of such a request by Egypt, the duplication work was undertaken and completed in June 1974, at which time copies of the relevant set of documents were transmitted to the Permanent Mission of Egypt. On 31 May 1974, the Commission received a request from Jordan for copies of the same set of documents and the Commission agreed that the Permanent Mission of Jordan be supplied also with the same set of documents as Egypt.

5. The Commission is encouraged by the efforts which have been made during the several months towards a Middle East settlement which could lead to a just and lasting peace in the area. However the circumstances governing the possibilities open to the Commission have remained up to now essentially unchanged. The Commission hopes that recent developments will permit it to carry forward its work vigorously, and remains determined to do so.


1/ Official Records of the General Assembly, Twenty-first Session, Annexes, agenda item 32, document A/6451.

2/ Ibid., Twenty-second Session, Annexes, agenda item 34, document A/6846.

3/ Microfilms of land registers received from the Mandatory Government; RP-1 forms (identification of property parcels including individual valuation figures); index of owners' names (which provides means of direct reference to the holdings recorded in the name of each owner).



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