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        General Assembly
23 December 1994

General Assembly
Official Records
Forty-ninth Session
94th Meeting
Friday, 23 December 1994, 10 a.m.
New York

President: Mr. Essy .......................................... (Côte d'Ivoire)

The meeting was called to order at 10.35 a.m.


Introduction of reports of the Third Committee

The President (interpretation from French): We will now take up the reports of the Third Committee on items 12 and 93 through 103.

I invite the Rapporteur of the Third Committee to introduce the reports of the Third Committee in a single statement.

Mr. Lepeshko (Belarus), Rapporteur of the Third Committee: I have the honour to present the reports of the Third Committee on agenda items 12 and 93 through 103.

Under agenda item 12, “Report of the Economic and Social Council”, the Third Committee recommends, in document A/49/603, paragraph 9, the adoption of two draft decisions.

Under agenda item 93, “Elimination of racism and racial discrimination”, the Third Committee recommends, in document A/49/604, paragraph 19, the adoption of three draft resolutions, and in document A/49/604/Add.1, paragraph 8, the adoption of one draft resolution.

Under agenda item 94, “Right of peoples to self-determination”, the Third Committee recommends, in document A/49/752, paragraph 25, the adoption of four draft resolutions.


Agenda item 94

Right of peoples to self-determination: report of the Third Committee (A/49/752)

The President (interpretation from French): The Assembly will now take a decision on the four draft resolutions recommended by the Third Committee in paragraph 25 of its report.

Draft resolution I is entitled “Universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination”.

The Third Committee adopted draft resolution I without a vote. May I take it that the Assembly wishes to do the same?

Draft resolution I was adopted (resolution 49/148).

The President (interpretation from French): Draft resolution II is entitled “The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination”.

A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Against: Israel, United States of America

Abstaining: Argentina, Costa Rica, Estonia, Fiji, Georgia, Guatemala, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Uruguay

Draft resolution II was adopted by 147 votes to 2, with 19 abstentions (resolution 49/149).


The President (interpretation from French): I now call on the representative of the Republic of Korea, who wishes to speak in explanation of vote.

Mr. Kwang Jae Lee (Republic of Korea): After careful reconsideration, the Republic of Korea delegation voted in favour of draft resolution II.

Our policy of principle with respect to the situation in the Middle East is that a just and lasting peace should be achieved in the region. To attain such a necessary goal, the current peace process must proceed with the full participation of the parties concerned and with the support of the international community, and we must ensure that nothing — no words or actions — interrupts or hampers this peace process. It was for this reason that my delegation abstained in the voting during the Third Committee's session.

Understanding that the resolution reaffirms what must be ensured as a matter of principle — the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination — and hoping that recognition of that right will have a positive effect on the current peace process, the Republic of Korea delegation voted in favour of draft resolution II.

The President (interpretation from French): We have heard the only speaker in explanation of vote.

May I take it that it is the wish of the General Assembly to conclude its consideration of agenda item 94?

It was so decided.


The meeting rose at 1.30 p.m.

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