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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
17 December 2007

General Assembly
GA/10677

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

Sixty-second General Assembly
Plenary
75th Meeting (PM)
ON FOURTH COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATION, GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS 26 TEXTS ON MINES,

DECOLONIZATION, ATOMIC RADIATION, ISRAELI PRACTICES, AMONG OTHER TOPICS

Voting Pattern Resembles Past Years, With Recorded Votes on 14 Drafts;
Plenary Text Adopted on Slave Trade Memorial, Deferred on New Global Order


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Background

The Assembly met this afternoon to take up the reports of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization).  ...

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Topics covered in the Fourth Committee reports include assistance in mine action (item 29); effects of atomic radiation (item 30); international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space (item 31); the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (item 32); Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories (item 33); comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects (item 34); questions relating to information (item 35); decolonization issues (items 36-40); revitalization of the work of the General Assembly (item 121); and programme planning (item 129).

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Committee Reports

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The Committee’s report on United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (document A/62/404) contains four draft resolutions, all of which were approved by recorded votes on 26 November (see Press Release GA/SPD/392).

Draft I, entitled Assistance to Palestine refugees, would have the Assembly call on donors to continue their efforts to meet the Agency’s anticipated needs, especially in light of the region’s deteriorating socio-economic and humanitarian situation.  It would also have the Assembly extend the Agency’s mandate until 30 June 2011.

The draft was approved by the Committee by a recorded vote of 160 in favour to 1 against ( Israel), with 6 abstentions ( Cameroon, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States).

By draft II, on Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities, the Assembly would endorse the efforts of the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to provide humanitarian assistance on an emergency basis and as a temporary measure to persons in the area who are currently displaced and in serious need of continued assistance.  The Assembly would strongly appeal to all Governments, organizations and individuals to contribute generously to the Agency, and to other concerned intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

The Committee approved the text by a vote of 158 in favour to 6 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 1 abstention (Canada).

Draft III, on the Operations of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, would have the Assembly call on Israel to comply fully with the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war, and to abide by Articles 100, 104 and 105 of the United Nations Charter and the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations.  Israel would be urged to compensate the Agency for damages to United Nations property and facilities resulting from actions by the Israeli side, and to reimburse all transit charges and financial losses incurred as a result of delays and restrictions on movement and access it imposed.

The draft was approved by the Committee with a recorded vote of 159 in favour to 6 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 1 abstention (Cameroon).

By draft IV, on Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues, the Assembly would reaffirm that the Palestine refugees were entitled to their property and to the income derived there from.  It would request the Secretary-General to take all appropriate steps, in consultation with the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine, for the protection of Arab property, assets and property rights in Israel.  It would also urge the Palestinian and Israeli sides, as agreed between them, to deal with the important issue of Palestine refugees’ properties and revenues within the framework of the final status negotiations of the Middle East peace process.

The Committee approved the text by a vote of 158 in favour to 6 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 1 abstention (Cameroon).

The Committee’s report on the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (document A/61/405) contains five draft resolutions, all of which were approved by recorded votes on 26 November (see Press Release GA/SPD/392).

Draft I, on the Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, would have the Assembly reiterate its demand that Israel cooperate with the Special Committee in implementing its mandate.  The Special Committee would be requested to continue to investigate Israeli violations of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967.  The Assembly would have the Committee consult the International Committee of the Red Cross, as appropriate.

The Committee approved the text by a vote of 85 in favour to 8 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 70 abstentions.

By draft II, on the 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, the Assembly would demand that Israel accept the de jure applicability of the Convention in the occupied Arab territories, and that it comply scrupulously with its provisions.

The draft was approved by the Committee with a recorded vote of 155 in favour to 6 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 5 abstentions (Angola, Australia, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Malawi).

According to draft III, on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, the Assembly would express grave concern about the construction and expansion of Israeli settlements in and around occupied East Jerusalem, including Israel’s “E-1 plan” aimed at connecting the illegal settlements around East Jerusalem.  It would reiterate its opposition to the de facto annexation of land in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the occupied Syrian Golan, and reiterate its demand for the immediate cessation of all Israeli settlement activities.

By further terms, the Assembly would demand that Israel comply with its legal obligations, as mentioned in the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice [the Court found that the construction by Israel of a wall inside the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and its associated regime, is contrary to international law].

The Committee approved the text by a vote of 154 in favour to 7 against (Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 4 abstentions (Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Malawi, Tonga).

According to draft IV, on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the Assembly would call upon Israel to release all remaining tax revenues due to the Palestinian Authority, and implement the Agreement of Movement and Access and the Agreed Principles for the Rafah Crossing.  It would also urge Members States to continue to provide emergency assistance to the Palestinian people, to alleviate the financial crisis faced by the people of the Gaza Strip.  It would demand that Israel immediately cease construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and make reparation for all damages caused by its construction.

The draft was approved by the Committee with a recorded vote of 148 in favour to 8 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 7 abstentions (Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Malawi, Tonga, Uganda).

By draft V, on the Occupied Syrian Golan, the Assembly would call on Israel to comply with the relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan, in particular Security Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council had decided that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was without international legal effect.  It would call on Israel to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan, and would further call on Israel to desist from imposing Israeli citizenship and Israeli identity cards on the Syrian citizens.  Member States would be called on not to recognize any of the legislative or administrative measures and actions referred to above.

The Committee approved the text by a vote of 154 in favour to 1 against ( Israel), with 9 abstentions ( Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Federated States of Micronesia, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Tonga, United States).

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Action on Fourth Committee Texts

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The Assembly then turned to the Committee’s report on United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (document A/62/404).

Speaking before the vote, the representative of Iceland said his delegation strongly supported the work of the Agency, and would have wanted to co-sponsor the resolution on Assistance to Palestine Refugees.  He asked that that position be reflected in the report of today’s meeting.

The Assembly then adopted draft resolution I, on assistance to Palestine refugees, by a recorded vote of 171 in favour to 2 against (Israel, Nauru), with 6 abstentions (Cameroon, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States, Vanuatu).  (For details of the vote, see annex I)

It then took up draft resolution II, on persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities, adopting it by a vote of 171 in favour to 6 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 2 abstentions (Canada, Vanuatu).  (See annex II)

Taking up draft resolution III, on UNRWA’s operations, the Assembly adopted the text by a recorded vote of 170 in favour to 6 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 3 abstentions (Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Vanuatu).  (See annex III)

By a recorded vote of 170 in favour to 6 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 3 abstentions (Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Vanuatu), the Assembly adopted draft resolution IV, on Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues.  (See annex IV)

The Assembly then turned to the report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (document A/61/405), adopting draft resolution I on the work of the Special Committee by a recorded vote of 93 in favour to 8 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 74 abstentions.  (See annex V)

Taking up draft resolution II, on the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, the Assembly adopted the text by a recorded vote of 169 in favour to 6 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 3 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire).  (See annex VI)

It then adopted, by a recorded vote of 165 in favour to 7 against (Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 5 abstentions (Angola, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Tonga, Vanuatu), draft resolution III on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan.  (See annex VII)

By a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 7 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau), with 11 abstentions,it adopted draft resolution IV, on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.  (See annex VIII)

The Assembly then adopted draft resolution V, on the occupied Syrian Golan, by a recorded vote of 164 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 10 abstentions (Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Tonga, United States, Vanuatu).  (See annex IX)

The representative of Iran, speaking after the votes on the resolutions on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, and on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people, said he had voted in favour of the resolutions to reiterate his solidarity with the Palestinian people.  However, he wanted to place on record Iran’s reservations to certain paragraphs of the resolutions.   Iran had been “unwavering” in its full support for Palestinians in their efforts to attain national rights and dignity, and had supported the legal Government.  In that context, references to certain internal issues in some of the resolutions could be construed by Palestinians as outside interference in domestic affairs, which would further exacerbate the current dangerous situation.  Internal issues of Palestine should be dealt with internally.

Settlement of the Palestinian issue could be achieved only if the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people were fully and unconditionally realized, he explained.  Regrettably, past initiatives had not contributed to solving the crisis, owing to their lack of attention to root causes.  Durable peace in Palestine would be possible through justice, an end to discrimination, and an end to the occupation of all Palestinian Territory, as well as the return of all Palestinian refugees, among other things.

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ANNEX I

Vote on Assistance to Palestine Refugees

Draft resolution I on assistance to Palestine refugees (document A/62/404) was adopted by a recorded vote of 171 in favour to 2 against, with 6 abstentions, as follows:

In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, 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, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, 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, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:  Israel, Nauru.

Abstain:  Cameroon, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, United States, Vanuatu.

Absent:  Bolivia, Chad, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland.

ANNEX II

Vote on Persons Displaced as a Result of the June 1967 and Subsequent Hostilities

Draft resolution II on persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities (document A/62/404) was adopted by a recorded vote of 171 in favour to 6 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, 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, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, 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, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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

Abstain:  Canada, Vanuatu.

Absent:  Bolivia, Chad, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland.

ANNEX III

Vote on United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Draft resolution III on operations of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (document A/62/404) was adopted by a recorded vote of 170 in favour to 6 against, with 3 abstentions, as follows:

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

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

Abstain:  Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Vanuatu.

Absent:  Bolivia, Chad, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone.

ANNEX IV

Vote on Palestine Refugees’ Properties and Revenues

Draft resolution IV on Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues (document A/62/404) was adopted by a recorded vote of 170 in favour to 6 against, with 3 abstentions, as follows:

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

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

Abstain:  Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Vanuatu.

Absent:  Bolivia, Chad, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone.

ANNEX V

Vote on Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices

Draft resolution I on the work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (document A/62/405) was adopted by a recorded vote of 93 in favour to 8 against, with 74 abstentions, as follows:

In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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

Abstain:  Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanuatu.

Absent:  Bolivia, Burundi, Chad, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, Namibia, Nepal, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Timor-Leste.

ANNEX VI

Vote on Geneva Convention

Draft resolution II on applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (document A/62/405) was adopted by a recorded vote of 169 in favour to 6 against, with 3 abstentions, 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, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, 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, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, 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, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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

Abstain:  Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire.

Absent:  Bolivia, Chad, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland.

ANNEX VII

Vote on Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory

Draft resolution III on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan (document A/62/405) was adopted by a recorded vote of 165 in favour to 7 against, with 5 abstentions, as follows:

In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, 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, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, 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, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:  Australia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, United States.

Abstain:  Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Tonga, Vanuatu.

Absent:  Bolivia, Chad, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland.

ANNEX VIII

Vote on Israeli Practices affecting Palestinian People’s Human Rights

Draft resolution IV on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (document A/62/405) was adopted by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 7 against, with 11 abstentions, 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, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:  Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau.

Abstain:  Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Uganda, United States, Vanuatu.

Absent:  Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Chad, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Nepal, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland.

ANNEX IX

Vote on Occupied Syrian Golan

Draft resolution V on the occupied Syrian Golan (document A/62/405) was adopted by a recorded vote of 164 in favour to 1 against, with 10 abstentions, as follows:

In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, 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, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:  Israel.

Abstain:  Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Tonga, United States, Vanuatu.

Absent:  Angola, Bolivia, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland.

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