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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/43/656
30 September 1988

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

Forty-third session
Agenda item 76


UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR
PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST

Protection of Palestine refugees

Report of the Secretary-General


1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 42/69 I of 2 December 1987, entitled "Protection of Palestine Refugees", the operative paragraphs of which read as follows:

2. On 20 January 1988, the Secretary-General addressed a note verbale to the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, in which he drew attention to his reporting responsibility under the resolution and requested the Permanent Representative to inform him of any steps his government had taken or envisaged to taking in implementation of the relevant provisions of the resolution.

3. In a note verbale dated 7 July 1988, the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations replied as follows:
4. In previous reports on this subject, the Secretary-General referred to the constraints he had faced in undertaking the measures requested of him by the General Assembly. Nevertheless, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, as the senior United Nations official responsible for providing services to the Palestine refugees, continued his efforts, in consultation with the Secretary-General, to do all that was feasible to contribute to the safety and security of the refugees in all the territories under occupation. His efforts in regard to Palestine refugees in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the reporting period are described in the Commissioner-General's annual report to the Secretary-General. 1/

5. Following the withdrawal of the Israeli forces from the Saida and Tyre areas in February and April 1985 respectively (see A/40/756, para. 5), there is nothing further to state regarding the Palestine refugees in Lebanon in the context of the present report.

6. Section II A of the annual report of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA to the General Assembly for the period 1 July 1987 to 30 June 1988 reviews the efforts made by UNRWA during the period under review to initiate a programme for repair of refugee shelters and Agency installations damaged and destroyed during the fighting in Lebanon.

7. There has been no progress on the claim by UNRWA against the Government of Israel regarding damage to its property and facilities resulting from the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.

Notes


1/ Official Records of the General Assembly, Forty-third Session, Supplement No. 13 (A/43/13). See, in particular, the Introduction and sect. II B.


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