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UNITED NATIONS
Department of Public Information · News Coverage Service · New York


GA/9848
20 December 2000



Fifty-fifth General Assembly
Plenary
87th Meeting (AM)

TAKING UP SECOND COMMITTEE REPORTS, ASSEMBLY ADOPTS

34 RESOLUTIONS AND 10 DECISIONS


Text on Natural Resources in Occupied
Palestinian and Arab Territory Adopted by Vote of 147-2-3


The General Assembly, acting on behalf of the recommendations of its Second Committee (Economic and Financial), adopted 34 resolutions -- one by recorded vote -- and 10 decisions, on issues ranging from preparations for and implementation of global conferences to international cooperation with regard to the economy and the environment.

By the only text adopted by a recorded vote, the Assembly called on Israel, the occupying Power, not to exploit, to cause loss or depletion of or to endanger the natural resources in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan. The text was adopted by a vote of 147 in favor to two against (Israel, United States) with three abstentions (Fiji, Marshall Islands and Nauru). (See voting annex for details).

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Assembly Work Programme

The General Assembly met this morning to consider the reports of its Second Committee (Economic and Financial).

The reports concern the following topics: macroeconomic policy questions; sectoral policy questions; sustainable development and international economic cooperation; environment and sustainable development; operational activities for development; training and research; permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the Syrian Golan over their resources; implementation of the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty; globalization and interdependence; high-level international intergovernmental consideration of financing for development; the Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries; and the report of the Economic and Social Council.

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Permanent Sovereignty of the Palestinian People in the Occupied Territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the Syrian Golan over Their Resources

The Committee’s report on “Permanent Sovereignty of the Palestinian People in the Occupied Territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the Syrian Golan over Their Resources” (document A/55/585) contains one draft resolution.

The draft resolution on permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources was approved on 15 November by a vote of 131 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 3 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Kazakhstan, Marshall Islands). By its terms, the Assembly would call on Israel, the occupying power, not to exploit, to cause loss or depletion of or to endanger the natural resources in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.

Also, the Assembly would reaffirm the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the population of the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources, including land and water. Further, the Assembly would recognize the right of the Palestinian people to claim restitution as a result of any exploitation, loss or depletion of, or danger to, their natural resources, and express the hope that this issue would be dealt with in the framework of the final status negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

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Action on Second Committee Reports

The Assembly then turned to the report on permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources (document A/55/585), for which it had one draft resolution.

The draft resolution entitled "permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources" was adopted by a vote of 147 in favor to two against (Israel, United States), with three abstaining (Fiji, Marshall Islands and Nauru). (For details of voting, see the annex attached to this press release.)

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ANNEX


Vote on Permanent Sovereignty of the Palestinian People in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,
including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources

The draft resolution, contained in (document A/55/585) was adopted by a recorded vote of 147 in favour to 2 against, with 3 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Israel, United States.

Abstain: Fiji, Marshall Islands, Nauru.

Absent: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Mali, Nicaragua, Palau, Republic of Moldova, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.



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