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L'Assemblée générale adopte résolutions portant sur l'UNRWA et sur les pratiques israéliennes dans le TPO – Vote de l’AG (Séance plénière) – Communiqué de presse (extraits) Français
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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
9 December 2011


General Assembly
GA/11191

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

Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Plenary
81st Meeting (AM)


GENERAL ASSEMBLY, ON RECOMMENDATION OF FOURTH COMMITTEE,

ADOPTS 26 TEXTS, INCLUDING 9 ON ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT, 11 ON DECOLONIZATION


Consensus Eludes Assembly on Texts Concerning Middle East, Five
On Decolonization, including on Implementation of Decolonization Declaration

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Background

The General Assembly met this morning to take up the reports of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization), which contain 24 draft resolutions and two draft decisions.

Topics covered in the Fourth Committee include effects of atomic radiation (item 50); international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space (item 51); United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (item 52); report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (item 53); comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects (item 54); questions relating to information (item 55); Assistance in mine action (item 49); decolonization issues (items 56-60); revitalization of the work of the General Assembly (item 121); and programme planning (item 135).

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Committee Reports

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The report on United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (document A/66/426) contains four draft resolutions, all of which were approved by a recorded vote on 10 November. (Press Release GA/SPD/499)

Draft I, on assistance to Palestine refugees, would have the Assembly call upon all donors to continue to make the most generous efforts possible to meet the anticipated needs of UNRWA, including with regard to increased expenditures arising from the serious socio-economic and humanitarian situation and instability in the region, particularly in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and those mentioned in recent emergency appeals.

The draft was approved by a recorded vote of 160 in favour to 1 against ( Israel), with 9 abstentions ( Canada, Ecuador, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States, Vanuatu, Haiti).

By the terms of draft II, on persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities, the Assembly would stress the necessity for an accelerated return of displaced persons, and call for compliance with the mechanism agreed upon by the parties in article XII of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements of 13 September 1993 on the return of displaced persons. It would also strongly appeal to all Governments, organizations and individuals to contribute generously to the Agency and to the other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations concerned.

The text was approved by a recorded vote of 162 in favour to 7 against (Israel, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 4 abstentions (Cameroon, Haiti, Panama, Vanuatu).

By draft III, on operations of UNRWA, the Assembly would urge the Government of Israel to expeditiously reimburse the Agency for all transit charges incurred and other financial losses sustained as a result of delays and restrictions on movement and access, and to cease obstructing the movement and access of the staff, vehicles and supplies of the Agency and to cease the levying of taxes, extra fees and charges, which affect the Agency’s operations detrimentally.

By further provisions, it would reiterate its call on Israel to fully lift the restrictions impeding the import of necessary construction materials and supplies for the reconstruction and repair of thousands of damaged or destroyed refugee shelters.

The text was approved by a recorded vote of 163 in favour to 7 against (Israel, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 2 abstentions (Cameroon, Vanuatu).

Draft IV, on Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues, would have the Assembly urge the Palestinian and Israeli sides to deal with that important issue within the framework of the final status negotiations of the Middle East peace process.

The text was approved by a recorded vote of 163 in favour to 7 against (Israel, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 3 abstentions (Cameroon, Haiti, Vanuatu).

The Committee’s report on the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (document A/66/427) contains five draft resolutions, all of which were approved by recorded vote on 10 November. (Press Release GA/SPD/499)

By draft I, entitled Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, the Assembly would demand that Israel, the occupying Power, cooperate, in accordance with its obligations as a Member State of the United Nations, with the Special Committee.

The text was approved by a recorded vote of 89 in favour to 9 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Panama, United States), with 72 abstentions.

By the terms of draft II, on the Applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories, the Assembly would demand that Israel accept the de jure applicability of the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, and that it comply scrupulously with the provisions of the Convention.

The text was approved by a recorded vote of 162 in favour to 7 against (Israel, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 3 abstentions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Vanuatu).

By draft III, on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, the Assembly would reiterate its demand for the immediate and complete cessation of all Israeli settlement activities in all of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.

The text was approved by a recorded vote of 160 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 5 abstentions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Panama, Vanuatu).

Draft IV, on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, would have the Assembly demand that Israel cease all practices and actions that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people, including the killing and injury of civilians, the arbitrary detention and imprisonment of civilians and the destruction and confiscation of civilian property.

The draft text was approved by a recorded vote of 158 in favour to 9 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Panama, United States), with 4 abstentions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Vanuatu).

According to draft V, on the occupied Syrian Golan, the Assembly would call upon Israel to comply with the relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan, in particular, Security Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council, inter alia, decided that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect.

That text was approved by a recorded vote of 159 in favour to 1 against ( Israel), with 11 abstentions.

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Action on Fourth Committee Texts

Hasan Abdulhasan ( Kuwait), Rapporteur, introduced the reports for the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization).

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The Assembly next turned to the report on United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (document A/66/426).

It adopted draft resolution I, on assistance to Palestine refugees, by a recorded vote of 160 in favour to 1 against ( Israel), with 8 abstentions ( Cameroon, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Palau, Nauru, United States). (For details of the vote, please see Annex I.)

Next, it adopted draft resolution II, on persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities, by a recorded vote of 163 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 3 abstentions (Vanuatu, Cameroon, Panama). (Annex II)

After that, the Assembly adopted draft resolution III, onUNRWA’s operations, by a recorded vote of 165 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 2 abstentions (Cameroon, Vanuatu). (Annex III)

The Assembly then adopted draft resolution IV, on Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues, by recorded vote of 165 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 2 abstentions (Cameroon, Vanuatu). (Annex IV)

Continuing, the Assembly turned its attention to the report on the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs o the Occupied Territories (document A/66/427), adopting draft resolution I, on the work of the Special Committee, by a recorded vote of 86 in favour to 9 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, Panama, Nauru, United States), with 75 abstentions. (Annex V)

It then adopted draft resolution II, on the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories, by a recorded vote of 164 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 2 abstentions (Cameroon, Vanuatu). (Annex VI)

Turning next to draft III, on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, the Assembly adopted that text by a recorded vote of 162 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 4 abstentions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Panama, Vanuatu). (Annex VII)

Draft IV, on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, was adopted by a recorded vote of 159 in favour to 9 against (Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Canada, Panama, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 4 abstentions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Vanuatu). (Annex VIII)

Draft V, on the occupied Syrian Golan, was also adopted, by a recorded vote of 162 in favour to 1 against ( Israel), with 11 abstentions. (Annex IX)

Speaking in explanation of vote, the representative of Iran said his delegation had voted in favour of all draft resolutions under agenda item 53, including resolutions Drafts I through V from report A/66/427 concerning Israeli practices, in order to join other members of the General Assembly in showing solidarity with the Palestinian people. He emphasized that Iran would maintain its long-standing position on the resolutions relating to the Palestinian issue.

Explaining his delegation’s position “more clearly” concerning the resolutions and certain paragraphs contained therein, he said that to the knowledge of all, Iran had been unwavering in its support for the Palestinian people and their endeavours to attain their national goals and aspirations, including the full exercise of their right to self-determination, and had genuinely supported the legal and democratic government of Palestine. Iran continued to emphasize the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, who had been suffering from the occupation and suppressions for decades.

He said Iran believed that the settlement of the Palestinian crisis would be achievable only if the inalienable rights of the people of occupied Palestine were fully recognized. Due to the lack of attention to the root causes of the crisis, it had remained unsolved for more than six decades. Those causes included the continued occupation of the Palestinian and other occupied territories by the Zionist regime, as well as the persistent violations of the rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to self-determination, especially the legitimate and inalienable right of return of the Palestinian refugees.

Durable peace in Palestine would be possible through justice, an end to discrimination, an end to occupation of all Palestinians territories, the return of all Palestinian refugees to their homeland and the establishment of a democratic Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital, he added.

Also speaking in explanation of position after the vote, the representative of Israel said that, year after year, the Assembly “rubber stamped” the resolutions on Israeli practices, which distorted the truth and undermined the credibility of that body. She thanked the Member States that had stood up against those “destructive resolutions”, and hoped that more would do so in the future.

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ANNEX I

Vote on Assistance to Palestine Refugees

The draft resolution on assistance to Palestine Refugees (document A/66/426) was adopted by a recorded vote of 160 in favour to 1 against, with 8 abstentions, as follows:

ANNEX II

The draft resolution on persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities (document A/66/426) was adopted by a recorded vote of 163 in favour to 7 against, with 3 abstentions, as follows:

ANNEX III

Vote on UNRWA’s Operations

The draft resolution on the operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (document A/66/426) was adopted by a recorded vote of 165 in favour to 7 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

ANNEX IV

Vote on Palestine Refugees’ Properties, Their Revenues

The draft resolution on Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues (document A/66/426) was adopted by a recorded vote of 165 in favour to 7 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

ANNEX V

Vote on Work of Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices

The draft resolution the work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs o the Occupied Territories (document A/66/427) was adopted by a recorded vote of 86 in favour to 9 against, with 75 abstentions, as follows:

ANNEX VI

Draft resolution II on applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories (document A/66/427) was adopted by a recorded vote of 164 in favour to 7 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:

ANNEX VII

Vote on Israeli Settlements

The draft resolution on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan (document A/66/427) was adopted by a recorded vote of 162 in favour to 7 against, with 4 abstentions, as follows:

ANNEX VIII

Vote on Israeli Practices

The draft resolution on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (document A/66/427) was adopted by a recorded vote of 159 in favour to 9 against, with 4 abstentions, as follows:

ANNEX IX

Vote on Occupied Syrian Golan

The draft resolution on occupied Syrian Golan (document A/66/427) was adopted by a recorded vote of 162 in favour to 1 against, with 11 abstentions, as follows:

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