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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
General Assembly
16 December 2005


General Assembly
GA/10437

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixtieth General Assembly
Plenary
64th Meeting (PM)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADDRESSES HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS IN FIVE COUNTRIES,

AS IT ADOPTS 60 DRAFT TEXTS RECOMMENDED BY ITS THIRD COMMITTEE

Guidelines on Reparations for Victims of Human Rights Violations,
Prohibiting Torture, Combating Defamation of Religions among Other Issues


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Background

The General Assembly met this afternoon to take action on the reports of the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural).

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**Right of Peoples to Self-Determination

The Committee’s report on the right of peoples to self-determination (document A/60/508) contains two draft resolutions and one draft decision.

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Draft resolution II on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination would have the Assembly reaffirm the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent State of Palestine, and urge all States and United Nations agencies and organizations to continue to support the Palestinian people in the early realization of that right.

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Action on Third Committee Reports

PEDRO CARDOSO ( Brazil), Rapporteur of the Third Committee, introduced the Committee’s reports.

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The Assembly then took up the Committee’s report on the right of peoples to self-determination (document A/60/508), which contained two draft resolutions and one draft decision.

RONALD GOODARD ( United States), speaking in explanation of vote before the vote on the text on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, said his delegation had worked continually to support the social and economic development and legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.  His delegation had no quarrel with the text or its general aim, but could not support it because it reflected an outdated approach conceived when the Palestinian people lacked democratic leadership and believed that the solution to their problems lay in the United Nations.  It did not reflect recent progress on the ground.  There was a role for the United Nations, but that role was in supporting both parties to the conflict.  One-sided resolution from the Assembly undermined the credibility of the United Nations as a whole.

Without a vote, the Assembly adopted draft resolutions on the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination.

By a recorded vote of 170 in favour to 5 against ( Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, United States), with 1 abstention ( Australia) the Assembly adopted the text on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination (Annex III).

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ANNEX III

Vote on Palestinian Self-Determination

The draft resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination (document A/60/508-II) was adopted by a recorded vote of 170 in favour to 5 against, with 1 abstention, as follows:

In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:  Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States.

Abstain:  Australia.

Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Grenada, Kiribati, Liberia, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tonga, Tuvalu.

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