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UNITED
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        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.4/69/SR.25
16 January 2015

Sixty-ninth session
Official Records


Special Political and Decolonization Committee

(Fourth Committee)

Summary record of the 25th meeting

Held at Headquarters, New York, on Thursday, 13 November 2014, at 10 a.m.

Chair: Mr. Bhattarai .............................................. (Nepal)

Contents

Agenda item 50: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (continued)

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 (\continued)

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The meeting was called to order at 10.30 a.m.

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Agenda item 50: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (continued) (A/C.4/69/L.9, A/C.4/69/L.10, A/C.4/69/L.11 and A/C.4/69/L.12)

29. Mr. Khan (Indonesia), introducing the four draft resolutions submitted under agenda item 50 (A/C.4/69/L.9, A/C.4/69/L.10, A/C.4/69/L.11 and A/C.4/69/L.12) and reviewing their provisions, said that they reflected fundamental principles and positions regarding the rights of Palestine refugees and the international community’s commitment to alleviating their plight until a just solution was achieved, as well as its strong support for the humanitarian work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which was making a vital contribution to regional stability. He expressed the hope that all the draft resolutions would again receive the overwhelming support of the Committee.

Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.9: Assistance to Palestine refugees

30. Mr. Alsina (Brazil) said that his country was pleased that the draft resolution included a decision to invite Brazil to become a member of the UNRWA Advisory Commission, since that would further strengthen Brazil’s cooperation with the Agency. UNRWA played a crucial role in efforts to ensure that stability took root in an environment where poverty, injustice and a lack of opportunities prevailed. His country pledged to continue supporting the Agency and assisting the Palestinian people.

31. Ms. Herity (Secretary of the Committee) announced that Albania, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Iceland, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway and Switzerland had joined the sponsors of the draft resolution.

32. A recorded vote was taken.

In favour:

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

Against:

Israel.

Abstaining:

Cameroon, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, Paraguay, United States of America, Vanuatu.

33. Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.9 was adopted by 165 votes to 1, with 9 abstentions.

Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.10: Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities

34. Ms. Herity (Secretary of the Committee) announced that the Plurinational State of Bolivia had joined the sponsors of the draft resolution.

35. A recorded vote was taken.

In favour:

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

Against:

Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Paraguay, Vanuatu.

36. Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.10 was adopted by 165 votes to 7, with 4 abstentions.

Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.11: Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

37. Ms. Herity (Secretary of the Committee) announced that the Plurinational State of Bolivia had joined the sponsors of the draft resolution.

38. A recorded vote was taken.

In favour:

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

Against:

Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Paraguay, Vanuatu.

39. Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.11 was adopted by 164 votes to 6, with 4 abstentions.

Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.12: Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues

40. Ms. Herity (Secretary of the Committee) announced that Albania, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway and Switzerland had joined the sponsors of the draft resolution.

41. A recorded vote was taken.

In favour:

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

Against:

Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Paraguay, Vanuatu.

42. Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.12 was adopted by 165 votes to 7, with 4 abstentions.

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 (continued) (A/C.4/69/L.13, A/C.4/69/L.14, A/C.4/69/L.15, A/C.4/69/L.16 and A/C.4/69/L.17)

43. Mr. León González (Cuba), introducing the five draft resolutions submitted under agenda item 51 (A/C.4/69/L.13, A/C.4/69/L.14, A/C.4/69/L.15, A/C.4/69/L.16 and A/C.4/69/L.17) and reviewing their provisions, said that the human rights situation of the civilian populations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the occupied Syrian Golan remained critical as a result of Israel’s violations of human rights and international law. Conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, had deteriorated further as Israel continued its deliberate and systematic policy of colonization, especially its illegal settlement campaign, which was jeopardizing the possibility of achieving a two-State solution based on the pre-1967 borders. It was extremely important for the members of the Committee to stand firmly behind such crucial draft resolutions.

44. Ms. Herity (Secretary of the Committee) read out minor corrections to draft resolutions A/C.4/69/L.13, A/C.4/69/L.14, A/C.4/69/L.15 and A/C.4/69/L.16.

Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.13: Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

45. Ms. Herity (Secretary of the Committee) announced that the Plurinational State of Bolivia had joined the sponsors of the draft resolution.

46. A recorded vote was taken.

In favour:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:

Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Panama, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Sudan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay, Vanuatu.

47. Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.13, as orally revised, was adopted by 90 votes to 9, with 75 abstentions.

Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.14: 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

48. Ms. Herity (Secretary of the Committee) announced that the Plurinational State of Bolivia had joined the sponsors of the draft resolution.

49. A recorded vote was taken.

In favour:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:

Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Rwanda, South Sudan, Togo, Vanuatu.

50. Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.14, as orally revised, was adopted by 160 votes to 7, with 9 abstentions.

Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.15: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan

51. Ms. Herity (Secretary of the Committee) announced that the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Iceland, Lesotho, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Ukraine had joined the sponsors of the draft resolution.

52. A recorded vote was taken.

In favour:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:

Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Rwanda, South Sudan, Togo, Vanuatu.

53. Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.15, as orally revised, was adopted by 157 votes to 7, with 11 abstentions.

Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.16: Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

54. Ms. Herity (Secretary of the Committee) announced that the Plurinational State of Bolivia had joined the sponsors of the draft resolution

55. A recorded vote was taken.

In favour:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:

Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, United States of America.

Abstaining:

Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Malawi, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Rwanda, South Sudan, Togo, Vanuatu.

56. Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.16, as orally revised, was adopted by 155 votes to 8, with 11 abstentions.

Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.17: The occupied Syrian Golan

57. Ms. Herity (Secretary of the Committee) announced that Belarus and the Plurinational State of Bolivia had joined the sponsors of the draft resolution.

58. A recorded vote was taken.

In favour:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:

Israel.

Abstaining:

Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Rwanda, South Sudan, Togo, Tonga, United States of America, Vanuatu.

59. Draft resolution A/C.4/69/L.17 was adopted by 158 votes to 1, with 16 abstentions.

60. Mr. Sanfilippo (Italy), speaking on behalf of the European Union, said that, while the European Union member States had followed a coordinated voting pattern on the draft resolutions just adopted, the European Union as a whole had not adopted a legal definition of the term “forced displacement”, which was used in some of the draft resolutions. Furthermore, the use of the term “Palestine” could not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and was without prejudice to the individual positions of member States on the issue and, therefore, to the question of the validity of Palestine’s accession to the international instruments referred to in the draft resolutions.

61. Ms. Abdelhady-Nasser (Observer for the State of Palestine) said that the Committee’s adoption of the draft resolutions submitted under agenda items 50 and 51, once again by an overwhelming majority, strongly reaffirmed the rights of the Palestinian people, including Palestine refugees; the indispensable role of UNRWA; and the imperative of respect for humanitarian and human rights law. The action just taken by the Committee exemplified the role that the United Nations could and must play in safeguarding human rights and upholding international law.

62. Palestine was grateful for the support of Member States, host countries and the donor community to UNRWA and stressed the urgency of providing more funds for the vital work that the Agency was doing to address the crisis situation and emergency needs in Palestine, especially in Gaza, and in the host countries.

63. Her delegation also appreciated the support expressed for the mandate of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories and for its efforts to raise international awareness of the gross and systematic human rights violations perpetrated under the 47-year Israeli military occupation. It stressed the importance of reaffirming the international consensus on the Fourth Geneva Convention’s applicability to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and on the illegality of the Israeli settlement campaign and other grave breaches that were sabotaging what little opportunity remained for achieving peace under the two-State solution.

64. Mr. Ja’afari (Syrian Arab Republic) said that the overwhelming support for the draft resolutions just adopted under agenda items 50 and 51 sent an unambiguous message to Israel to end its occupation of all the occupied Arab territories and to cease immediately all violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Israel’s attempt to annex the Syrian Golan not only was a serious provocation, but also was reminiscent of a dark chapter in modern human history when a certain State had forcibly annexed parts of other sovereign States at the beginning of the Second World War. Israel had openly supported the terrorists who had forced the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) out of its positions in the occupied Syrian Golan.

65. Mr. Nitzan (Israel), speaking on a point of order, said that the Syrian delegation’s allusion to Nazi Germany, made at both the current and the previous session of the General Assembly, was an anti-Semitic provocation that showed contempt for the memory of the Holocaust. Such comments should not be tolerated anywhere, let alone at the United Nations.

66. The Chair requested the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to bear in mind the comments of the representative of Israel when continuing his statement.

67. Mr. Ja’afari (Syrian Arab Republic) said that the Secretary-General’s most recent report on UNDOF (S/2014/665) demonstrated that Israel had been helping members of the terrorist organization Al-Nusra Front to cross the area of separation and had treated them in Israeli hospitals, where they had received visits from eminent Israeli politicians, as shown on Israeli television. Those comments were not anti-Semitic and bore no relation to the Holocaust; they were based on simple fact.

68. Israel was the only State to have voted against the draft resolution on the occupied Syrian Golan and had voted against the entire set of draft resolutions under agenda items 50 and 51, demonstrating its blatant disregard for international consensus, the United Nations and international law. Although Israel claimed to have been created by the United Nations, it acted as though the Organization’s resolutions were of no consequence. The Syrian delegation appealed to those few delegations that had abstained from voting on the draft resolution on the occupied Syrian Golan to join the international consensus and vote in favour when it came before the plenary Assembly. Any hesitation to condemn occupation and forced annexation would send a dangerous signal to lawbreakers such as Israel, suggesting that they could do as they pleased and that the law of the jungle had replaced the law.

69. It appeared that the Israeli delegation would prefer to replace the set of draft resolutions that had just been adopted with one that glorified all of Israel’s illegal practices. If the Government of Israel did not wish its policies to be compared with Nazism, it should reverse them. The comments of the representative of Israel were intolerable, as were the Israeli Government’s continued occupation of Arab territories and attempt to annex the Syrian Golan, which had been met with overwhelming international opposition. If Israel was portrayed in a negative light, that was entirely its own doing.

70. Ms. Ventura (Canada) said she regretted that the representative of Syria had repeated his inappropriate comments of the previous year; any comparison between Israel and Nazism was wholly unacceptable.

71. Mr. Miller (United States of America) said that his delegation strongly condemned the comparison just drawn, for the second time, between Israel and the Nazi regime, which demonstrated a complete misunderstanding of history and of the current situation.

72. Mr. Selle (Germany) said that, while his delegation had voted in favour of the draft resolution on the occupied Syrian Golan, it unambiguously rejected the historically inaccurate comparison made by the Syrian delegation.

73. Mr. Nitzan (Israel) said that the use of such rhetoric at the United Nations was shameful. It was remarkable that the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic should presume to lecture others on terrorism, human rights and the plight of Palestine refugees while representing a regime that systematically used military and even chemical weapons to terrorize and kill its people and raze cities to the ground. The Syrian regime had massacred over 220,000 of its own people over the last three years and had killed thousands of Palestine refugees living in Syrian camps. Nothing the Syrian delegation could say about Israel would succeed in diverting international attention from the atrocities committed by the Syrian Government.

74. With regard to recent events in the Syrian Golan, the Syrian army had fled the area of separation in the face of advancing Al-Nusra Front terrorists, leaving UNDOF unprotected. In contrast, Israel had provided UNDOF staff with safe harbour and had given humanitarian aid — clearly an alien concept to the Syrian Government — to Syrians who had been attacked by Syrian government forces.

75. Mr. White (Australia) said he was also disappointed at the comparisons drawn by the Syrian delegation between Israel and Nazi Germany. Such remarks were baseless, historically inaccurate and unhelpful to the consideration of the current agenda item.

Statements made in exercise of the right of reply

76. Mr. Hamed (Syrian Arab Republic) said that certain delegations had clearly misunderstood his delegation’s statement, in which it had simply pointed out that Israel was violating international law by forcibly annexing the territory of other States, calling to mind a dark chapter of human history. The representative of Israel, clearly troubled by the results of the votes just taken, had interpreted those comments in his own way and had reacted by launching accusations at other delegations, including that of the Syrian Arab Republic. He was surprised that the representative of Israel had commented on human rights when the magnitude and brutality of Israel’s crimes against Arab citizens under its occupation were unmatched. With regard to Israel’s provision of so-called humanitarian aid, he reminded the Israeli delegation that treating terrorists in Israeli hospitals and helping them return to the area of separation to continue their attacks did not count as humanitarian aid.

77. Mr. Nitzan (Israel) said he regretted that the Syrian representative, whose ignorance of history was embarrassing, insisted on telling unacceptable lies at a United Nations meeting. The fact that 220,000 Syrians had been killed by the Syrian regime spoke volumes.

78. Mr. Hamed (Syrian Arab Republic) said he was surprised that, instead of responding to the international community’s condemnation of Israel’s crimes, as described in the Secretary-General’s report, the representative of the Israeli occupation had resorted to making accusations against the Syrian and other delegations. If the representative of Israel wished his voice to be heard, he should acknowledge the need for his Government to end its occupation, cease its illegal practices and be held accountable for its crimes.

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