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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
A/63/410
3 December 2008

Sixty-third session
Agenda item 38



Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources


Report of the Second Committee


Rapporteur: Mr. Awsan Al-Aud (Yemen)



I. Introduction

1. At its 2nd plenary meeting, on 19 September 2008, the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to include in the agenda of its sixty-third session the item entitled “Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources” and to allocate it to the Second Committee.

2. The Second Committee considered the item at its 13th, 19th and 28th meetings, on 20 and 28 October and on 20 November 2008. An account of the Committee’s discussion of the item is contained in the relevant summary records (A/C.2/63/SR.13, 19 and 28). Attention is also drawn to the general debate held by the Committee at its 2nd to 6th meetings, from 6 to 8 October (see A/C.2/63/SR.2-6).

3. For its consideration of the item, the Committee had before it the following documents:


4. At the 13th meeting, on 20 October, the Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Regional Commissions New York Office made an introductory statement (see A/C.2/63/SR.13).

5. At the same meeting, pursuant to section C, paragraph 3 (d), of General Assembly resolution 58/316, the Committee held a dialogue with the representative of the Secretariat, during which comments were made and questions were posed by the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic and the observer for Palestine, to which the Officer-in-Charge of the Regional Commissions New York Office responded (see A/C.2/63/SR.13).

II. Consideration of draft resolution A/C.2/63/L.5

6. At the 19th meeting, on 28 October, the representative of Egypt, on behalf of Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, the Comoros, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nicaragua, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, the Sudan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Yemen and Palestine,2 introduced a draft resolution entitled “Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources” (A/C.2/63/L.5). Subsequently, Pakistan joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

7. At its 28th meeting on 20 November, the Committee was informed that the draft resolution had no programme budget implications.

8. At the same meeting, the Committee adopted draft resolution A/C.2/63/L.5 by a recorded vote of 139 to 6, with 4 abstentions (see para. 11). The voting was as follows:3

In favour:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, 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, Zimbabwe.

Against:

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

Abstaining:

Côte d’Ivoire, Fiji, Haiti, Nauru.

9. Before the adoption of the draft resolution, a statement was made by the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic; after the adoption of the draft resolution, statements in explanation of vote were made by the representatives of Israel and France (on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the European Union) (see A/C.2/63/SR.28).

10. Also at the 28th meeting, a statement was made by the observer for Palestine (see A/C.2/63/SR.28).

III. Recommendation of the Second Committee

11. The Second Committee recommends to the General Assembly the adoption of the following draft resolution:

Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,
and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan
over their natural resources



Notes

1A/63/3 and Add.1; for the final text see Official Records of the General Assembly, Sixty-third Session, Supplement No. 3 (A/63/3/Rev.1).
2 In accordance with General Assembly resolution 52/250.
3 Subsequently, the delegations of Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Guinea, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda andZambia indicated that, had they been present, they would have voted in favour; the delegation of Palau indicated that had it been present, it would have voted against; and the delegation of Haiti indicated that its vote in abstention had been in error and that it had intended to vote in favour.
4 United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, No. 973.
5 See resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.
6A/ES-10/273 and Corr.1.
7 A/56/1026-S/2002/932, annex II, resolution 14/221.
8 See S/2003/529, annex.
9 A/63/74-E/2008/13.

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