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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
General Assembly
18 December 2013


General Assembly
GA/11475

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

Sixty-eighth General Assembly
Plenary
70th Meeting (PM)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS 68 RESOLUTIONS, 7 DECISIONS AS IT TAKES ACTION

ON REPORTS OF ITS THIRD COMMITTEE

‘Country-Specific’ Texts Draw Strong Opposition from Member States Concerned


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Background

The General Assembly met this afternoon to take action on draft resolutions and decisions contained in reports of its Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural).

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Action on Drafts

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The Assembly then took up the Third Committee’s report on “The right of peoples to self-determination” (document A/68/455), containing three draft resolutions. With a recorded vote having been requested on the draft “Use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination”, the text was adopted by a recorded vote of 128 in favour to 55 against, with 8 abstentions ( Colombia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Switzerland, Tonga).

Acting without a vote, the Assembly then adopted a draft resolution on “Universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination”.

After a recorded vote was requested on a draft titled “The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination”, the Assembly adopted the text by a recorded vote of 178 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 4 abstentions (Cameroon, Paraguay, Tonga, Vanuatu).

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