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18 December 2013
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Sixty-eighth General Assembly
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
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).
Action on Drafts
The Assembly then took up the Third Committee’s report on “The right of peoples to self-determination” (document
), 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
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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