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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/41/457
18 July 1986

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

Forty-first session
Item 77 of the provisional agenda*


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

University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds" for Palestine refugees

Report of the Secretary-General


1. The present report is submitted in pursuance of General Assembly resolution 40/165 K of 16 December 1985, the operative part of which reads as follows:
2. The General Assembly first considered the establishment of the proposed university at its thirty-fifth session. At that session it adopted, on 3 November 1980, resolution 35/13 B in which it requested the Secretary-General, in co-ordination with the Council of the United Nations University, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, "to study ways and means of establishing at Jerusalem a university of arts and sciences to cater to the needs of Palestine refugees in the area, under the aegis of the United Nations".

3. Since then, the General Assembly has adopted five further resolutions on the subject (36/146 G of 16 December 1981, 37/120 C of 16 December 1982, 38/83 K of 15 December 1983, 39/99 K of 14 December 1984 and 40/165 K of 16 December 1985 and the Secretary-General has submitted four reports (A/37/599, A.38/386, A/39/528 and A/40/543) on the measures he has taken in pursuance of the General Assembly resolutions, including the preparation of a functional feasibility study for establishing the proposed university at Jerusalem.

4. Before the adoption by the General Assembly of resolution 40/165 K, the Secretary-General indicated that in order to comply with the request addressed to him in paragraph 4 of the resolution, it would be necessary to complete the functional feasibility study initiated in pursuance of previous Assembly resolutions. To that end, after the adoption of the resolution, the Secretary-General contacted the Rector of the United Nations University, who designated a highly qualified expert to assist in the preparation of the study.

5. On 12 March 1986, the Secretary-General addressed to the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations a note verbale in which, with reference to the request addressed to him by the General Assembly, he stated the following:
6. On 10 June 1986, the Permanent Representative of Israel sent the following reply to the Secretary-General:

7. In view of the position taken by the Government of Israel, it has not been possible to complete the functional feasibility study on the proposed university at Jerusalem as planned.

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