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1. Reaffirms the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967;
2. Expresses deep concern that the mechanism agreed upon by the parties in article XII of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements of 13 September 1993 on the return of displaced persons has not been complied with, and stresses the necessity for an accelerated return of displaced persons;
3. Endorses , in the meanwhile, the efforts of the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to continue to provide humanitarian assistance, as far as practicable, on an emergency basis, and as a temporary measure, to persons in the area who are currently displaced and in serious need of continued assistance as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities;
4. Strongly appeals to all Governments and to organizations and individuals to contribute generously to the Agency and to the other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations concerned for the above-mentioned purposes;
5. Requests the Secretary-General, after consulting with the Commissioner-General, to report to the General Assembly before its sixty-third session on the progress made with regard to the implementation of the present resolution.
3. In a note verbale dated 7 August 2008, the Permanent Representative of Israel replied as follows:
As the summary records note, Israel has voted against these resolutions. Israel supports the humanitarian mission of UNRWA and recognizes its important contribution to the welfare of the Palestinians. Israel, however, remains concerned with the political motivation of the aforesaid resolutions, as well as their content which fail to reflect reality on the ground.
A number of important developments on the ground have created an environment for progress, which the resolutions, regrettably, wilfully ignore. Israel, furthermore, remains committed to the bilateral process with the Palestinian Authority. Weekly meetings take place between Israeli and Palestinian leaders to support a political horizon and maintain dialogue for negotiations.
Moreover, despite terrorist attacks on the very crossing points that enable the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, Israel has made major efforts to ensure the steady and continuous flow of fuel and other supplies into the Gaza Strip to meet the needs of the civilian population. Since June 2007, more than 600,000 tons were transferred through the crossings. Israel continues its coordination activities on the ground, working through the appropriate channels, including UNRWA staff, to ensure the passage of aid and other materials.
Israel is in favour of consolidating UNRWA resolutions and removing any extraneous political language. Israel looks forward to continuing its cooperation and working relationship with UNRWA. Accordingly, Israel urges the Secretary-General and UNRWA to consider, together with the concerned parties, ways in which the organization can enhance the fulfilment of UNRWA’s mandate in an accountable and responsible manner in the best interests of those whom it has been charged to serve.
5. In connection with paragraph 3 of General Assembly resolution 62/103, the Secretary-General refers to the report of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2007 (A/63/13) and to the previous reports of the Commissioner-General for accounts of the continuous and ongoing assistance provided by UNRWA to persons displaced and in need of continued assistance.