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Fifty-fourth General Assembly
Plenary
87th Meeting (AM)
GA/9694
22 December 1999



ASSEMBLY ADOPTS 37 RESOLUTIONS CONTAINED IN SECOND COMMITTEE REPORTS


Texts Adopted on International Trade and Development,
Unilateral Economic Measures and Financing for Development


The General Assembly deplored any attempt to bypass or undermine multilaterally agreed procedures on the conduct of international trade by unilateral actions inconsistent with multilateral trade rules and regulations, by the terms of a draft resolution adopted without a vote this morning on the recommendation of the Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial). It was among 37 resolutions contained in Second Committee reports adopted by the Assembly.

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By the other text adopted by a recorded vote, the Assembly called on Israel not to exploit, to cause loss or depletion of, or to endanger the natural resources in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan. Adopting the text by a vote of 145 in favour to three against (Israel, Marshall Islands and United States) with six abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Zambia), the Assembly reaffirmed the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the population of the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources, including land and water. (See voting Annex III for details.)

Subsequently, Australia's representative said that his vote had been erroneously registered as abstained. He had voted in favour of the resolution.

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Assembly Work Programme

The General Assembly met this morning to consider the reports of its Second Committee (Economic and Financial). The reports concern the following topics: macroeconomic policy questions; sectoral policy questions; sustainable development and international economic cooperation; environment and sustainable development; operational activities for development; training and research; permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their resources; globalization and interdependence; implementation of the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty; and the report of the Economic and Social Council.

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Permanent Sovereignty of the Palestinian People

The Committee's report on "permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources" (document A/54/591) contains one draft resolution.

The draft resolution on the permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources, was approved by a vote of 132 in favour to 3 against (Israel, Marshall Islands and United States) with 5 abstentions (Cameroon, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Zambia) on 24 November. It would have the Assembly call on Israel, the occupying Power, not to exploit, to cause loss or depletion of or to endanger the natural resources in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan. Also, the Assembly would reaffirm the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the population of the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources, including land and water.

Further, the Assembly would recognize the right of the Palestinian people to claim restitution as a result of any exploitation, loss or depletion of, or danger to, their natural resources, and express the hope that this issue will be dealt with in the framework of the final status negotiation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

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The Assembly then turned to the report on permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian People (document A/54/591).

The draft resolution entitled "permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources" was adopted with 145 Member States voting in favour of the draft resolution, three Member States voting against (Israel, Marshall Islands and the United States), and six Member States abstaining (Australia, Cameroon, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Zambia) (See Annex III).

ALAN MARCH (Australia) said that his vote had been wrongly registered. He had not abstained, but had voted in favour.

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ANNEX III

Vote on Permanent Sovereignty of Palestinian People

The draft resolution on permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources (document A/54/591) was adopted by a recorded vote of 145 in favour to 3 against with 6 abstentions:

In favour: Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda,
Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh,
Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana,
Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Cape
Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus,
Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti,
Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia,
Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti,
Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan,
Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon,
Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia,
Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco,
Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria,
Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru,
Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of
Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra
Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain,
Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, 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, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, Marshall Islands, United States.

Abstain: Australia, Cameroon, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Zambia.

Absent: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica,
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El
Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji,
Guatemala, Honduras, Kiribati, Malawi, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Rwanda,
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Turkmenistan.


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