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        General Assembly

8 May 1991




Housing conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories*

The Commission on Human Settlements,

Recalling the relevant General Assembly resolutions on the Question of Palestine, in particular, resolution 42/190 dated 11 December 1987 on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories,

Recalling also General Assembly resolution 40/170 dated 17 December 1985 concerning the provision of assistance to the Palestinian people,

Recalling also Security Council resolution 465/1980 and the remaining United Nations resolutions that view the Israeli settlement policies as illegitimate and a serious obstacle for the peace process,

Noting with satisfaction the report of the Executive Director on housing requirements for the Palestinian people, p/

1. Reiterates its resolution 12/11 of 2 May 1989, and requests the Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) to intensify efforts to follow up those paragraphs of the resolution that have not been implemented yet and submit a report to the Commission at its fourteenth session;

2. Condemns the Israeli refusal of the dispatch of a fact-finding mission from the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) to the occupied Palestinian territories to investigate the housing conditions of the Palestinian people, that had been endorsed by the Commission during its twelfth session;

3. Reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to implement its national shelter strategy within the context of the Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000;

4. Condemns strongly the continuation of the establishment of Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories and the housing of new settlers in them;

5. Requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with the Executive Director and in cooperation with the Palestine Liberation Organization, to devise a plan for the implementation of a shelter strategy for the Palestinian people to the year 2000, as contained in the report of the Executive Director on the housing requirements of the Palestinian people, together with the provision of necessary funds;

6. Further requests the Executive Director to report to the Commission on the implementation of this resolution at its fourteenth session.

8th plenary meeting
8 May 1991


* Adopted by 21 votes to 1, with 15 abstentions.

In favour: Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, China, Egypt, Finland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, United Republic of Tanzania.

Against: United States of America.

Abstaining: Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Lesotho, Malawi, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Absent: Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Guatemala, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Yugoslavia, Zimbabwe.

The representative of Zimbabwe later indicated that, had his delegation been present, it would have voted in favour.

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