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        General Assembly
23 October 1990

Original: English

Forty-fifth session
Agenda item 74


Protection of Palestine refugees

Report of the Secretary-General

1. The present report is submitted to the General Assembly in pursuance of its resolution 44/47 I of 8 December 1989, entitled "Protection of Palestine refugees", the operative paragraph of which read as follows:

2. On 28 February 1990, 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 take in implementation of the relevant provisions of the resolution.

3. In a note verbale dated 29 June 1990, the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations replied as follows:

4. As set out in his annual report, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA has continued his efforts, in consultation with Secretary-General, in support of the safety and security of the Palestine refugees in the occupied territory. In this connection, he has assigned additional international staff, including Refugee Affairs Officers, to the occupied territory where they have helped to lower tensions and to prevent maltreatment of the refugees, especially vulnerable groups such as women and children. The Commissioner-General has also protested to the Israeli authorities against excessive use of force, collective punishments, punitive demolitions, sealing of shelters and other such measures, as a failure on the part of the Israeli military authorities to uphold standards required under international humanitarian law. A fuller description of the efforts of Commissioner-General in this regard and of the work of the Refugee Affairs Officers is contained in his annual report.

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 IV.D of the Annual Report of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA to the General Assembly for the period 1 July 1989 to 30 June 1990 reviews the efforts UNRWA has made during the period 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.


1/ Official Records of the General Assembly, Forty-fifth Session, Supplement No. 13.

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