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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/47/492
8 October 1992

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

Forty-seventh session
Agenda item 73



UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR

PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST

Protection of Palestine refugees

Report of the Secretary-General


1. The present report is submitted to the General Assembly in pursuance of its resolution 46/46 I of 9 December 1991, entitled "Protection of Palestine refugees", the operative paragraphs of which read as follows:

"The General Assembly,

"...

2. On 18 March 1992, the Secretary-General addressed a note verbale to the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, in which he drew attention to his reporting responsibility under the resolution and requested the Permanent Representative to inform him of any steps his Government had taken or envisaged taking in implementation of the relevant provisions of the resolution.

3. In a note verbale dated 30 June 1992, the Permanent Representative of Israel replied as follows:

4. As set out in his annual report for the period 1 July 1991 to 30 June 1992, 1/ the Commissioner-General of UNRWA has continued his efforts, with the Secretary-General, in support of the safety and security and the legal and human rights of the Palestine refugees in the occupied territory. In this connection, UNRWA international staff in the occupied territory, in particular Refugee Affairs Officers and Legal Officers, have continued to play an important role in helping to reduce tensions, to prevent maltreatment of the refugees, especially vulnerable groups such as women and children, and to assist the refugees in coping with day-to-day problems of their life under occupation. The Commissioner-General has also protested to the Israeli authorities against excessive use of force, collective punishments, punitive demolitions, sealing of shelters and other such measures, as a failure on the part of the Israeli military authorities to uphold standards required under international humanitarian law. As part of the Commissioner-General's efforts in this regard, advice of a legal nature and a measure of financial assistance has been provided to refugees seeking to assert their legal rights. A fuller description of the efforts of the Commissioner-General in this regard is contained in his annual report 1/ and in the report submitted to the Security Council by the Secretary-General in accordance with resolution 681 (1990). 2/

5. Following the withdrawal of the Israeli forces from the Saida and Tyre areas in February and April 1985 respectively (see A/40/756, para. 5), there is nothing further to state regarding the Palestine refugees in Lebanon in the context of the present report.

6. Section IV.D of the annual report of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA to the General Assembly reviews the efforts UNRWA has made during the period to continue its programme for the repair of refugee shelters damaged and destroyed during the fighting in Lebanon.

7. There has been no progress on the claim by UNRWA against the Government of Israel regarding damage to its property and facilities resulting from the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.


Notes

1/ Official Records of the General Assembly, Forty-Sixth Session, Supplement No. 13 (A/46/13).

2/ S/22472.


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