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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/59/489
6 December 2004

Original: English

Fifty-ninth session
Agenda item 91



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. Azanaw Tadesse Abreha (Ethiopia)


I. Introduction


1. At its 2nd plenary meeting, on 17 September 2004, the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to include in the agenda of its fifty-ninth 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 31st, 32nd, 35th and 36th meetings, on 10, 15, 17 and 24 November. An account of the Committee’s discussion of the item is contained in the relevant summary records (A/C.2/59/SR.31, 32, 35 and 36). Attention is also drawn to the general debate held by the Committee at its 2nd to 8th meetings, from 4 to 6 October and on 12 October 2004 (see A/C.2/59/SR.2-8).

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

(a) Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (A/59/89-E/2004/21);

(b) Letter dated 22 June 2004 from the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General transmitting the ministerial declaration adopted on the occasion of the special ministerial meeting to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of the Group of 77, held in São Paulo, Brazil, on 11 and 12 June 2004 (A/59/115);

(c) Relevant chapters of the report of the Economic and Social Council for 2004. 1

4. At the 31st meeting, on 10 November, the Chief of the Regional Commissions New York Office made an introductory statement (see A/C.2/59/SR.31).

5. At the same meeting, on 10 November, 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 representatives of Egypt, the Syrian Arab Republic and Israel, to which the Chief of the Regional Commissions New York Office responded (see A/C.2/59/SR.31).

II. Consideration of draft resolution A/C.2/59/L.41


6. At the 35th meeting, on 17 November, the representative of Egypt, on behalf of Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, the Sudan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, 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.2/59/L.41). Subsequently, Brunei Darussalam, Cuba and Senegal joined in sponsoring the draft resolution. The draft resolution read as follows:


In favour:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, 2 Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:

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

Abstaining:

Albania, Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

9. After the adoption of the draft resolution, a statement in explanation of vote was made by the representative of the Netherlands (on behalf of the European Union); the candidate countries Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Croatia; the countries of the Stabilization and Association Process and potential candidates Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia and Montenegro; the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (see A/C.2/59/SR.36).

10. The representative of Denmark made a statement with regard to her vote. The representatives of Kyrgyzstan and the Republic of Moldova indicated that they had intended to vote in favour of the draft resolution. The representatives of the Niger and the Sudan indicated that had they been present, they would have voted in favour of the draft resolution (see A/C.2/59/SR.36).



III. Recommendation of the Second Committee


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



Notes


1A/59/3 and Add.1; for the final text see Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-ninth Session, Supplement No. 3 (A/59/3/Rev.1).

2The vote of Denmark was incorrectly recorded as the vote of Dominica.

3United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, No. 973.

4A/ES-10/273 and Corr.1.

5See S/2003/529, annex.

6A/59/89-E/2004/21.

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