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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/63/484
15 October 2008

Original: English

Sixty-third session
Agenda item 30
Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli
Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian
People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories



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 *


Report of the Secretary-General


1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 62/107, the operative part of which reads as follows:

2. On 4 September 2008, the Secretary-General addressed a note verbale to the Government of Israel, in which he requested, in view of his reporting responsibilities under the above-mentioned resolution, that the Government inform him of any steps it had taken, or envisaged taking, concerning the implementation of the relevant provisions of the resolution.

3. No reply had been received at the time of the preparation of the present report.

4. By a note verbale dated 4 September 2008 sent to all permanent missions regarding General Assembly resolutions 62/107 and 62/110, the Secretary-General also drew the attention of all the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (Fourth Geneva Convention) to paragraph 3 of resolution 62/107 and paragraph 6 of resolution 62/110.

5. On 17 September 2008, the Permanent Mission of Lebanon replied to the note verbale informing the Secretary-General that the Government of Lebanon had participated in adopting Council of the League of Arab States resolutions 6927 and 6928 of 8 September 2008, which condemned, inter alia, violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian and other Arab territories.

6. On 22 September 2008, the Permanent Mission of Colombia replied to the note verbale informing the Secretary-General that, with regard to resolution 62/107, the Government of Colombia supported the implementation of the Fourth Geneva Convention in all conflict zones, including the Occupied Palestinian Territory, East Jerusalem and other occupied Arab territories.



* The document was submitted late to the conference services without explanation required under paragraph 8 of General Assembly resolution 53/208 B, by which the Assembly decided, if a report is submitted late, the reason should be included in a footnote to the document.


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