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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
A/66/PV.81
9 December 2011

General Assembly
Sixty-sixth session

81st plenary meeting
Friday, 9 December 2011, 10 a.m.
New York

President: Mr. Al-Nasser ............................................................. (Qatar)








Reports of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee)

The Acting President: The General Assembly will consider the reports of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) on agenda items 49 to 60, 121 and 135.

I request the Rapporteur of the Committee, Mr. Hasan Abulhasan of Kuwait, to introduce the reports of the Committee in one intervention.

Mr. Abulhasan (Kuwait), Rapporteur of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) (spoke in Arabic): It is a great privilege and honour for me to introduce to the General Assembly the reports of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), submitted under agenda items 49 to 60, 121 and 135. The reports, contained in documents A/66/423 through A/66/436, include the texts of the draft resolutions and decisions recommended to the General Assembly for adoption. For the convenience of delegations, a checklist prepared by the Secretariat of the action taken in the Committee is contained in A/C.4/66/INF/3.

During the main part of the Assembly’s sixty-sixth session, the Fourth Committee held a total of 23 formal meetings. It adopted 23 draft resolutions and two draft decisions, of which nine draft resolutions and the two draft decisions were adopted without a vote.

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The fourth report, submitted under agenda item 52, “United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East”, is contained in document A/66/426. Under this item, the Committee adopted four draft resolutions related to various aspects of the work of the Agency, as contained in paragraph 16 of the report.

The fifth report, submitted under agenda item 53, “Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories”, is contained in document A/66/427. Under this item, the Fourth Committee adopted five draft resolutions, which can be found in paragraph 18 of its report.

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I now have the honour to submit to the General Assembly for its consideration and adoption the recommendations of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee contained in the reports in documents A/66/423 through A/66/436.

The Acting President: I thank the Rapporteur of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee).

If there is no proposal under rule 66 of the rules of procedure, I shall take it that the General Assembly decides not to discuss the reports of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) that are before the Assembly today.

It was so decided.

The Acting President: Statements will therefore be limited to explanations of vote.

Before proceeding further, I wish to consult members on how I intend to refer to the reports of the Committee. In order to save time, and given that this morning the Assembly is taking up only the reports of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), I will use only the term “the Committee”, on the understanding that the Committee’s formal name, the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), will be reflected in the official records.

As I hear no objection, we shall proceed accordingly.

The positions of delegations regarding the recommendations of the Committee have been made clear in the Committee and are reflected in the relevant official records.

May I remind Members that under paragraph 7 of decision 34/401, the General Assembly agreed that
May I remind delegations that, also in accordance with General Assembly decision 34/401, explanations of vote are limited to 10 minutes and should be made by delegations from their seats.

Before we begin to take action on the recommendations contained in the reports of the Committee, I should like to advise representatives that we shall proceed to take decisions in the same manner as was done in the Committee, unless the Secretariat is notified to the contrary in advance. This means that where recorded votes were taken, we will do the same. I should also hope that we will proceed to adopt without a vote those recommendations that were adopted without a vote in the Committee.

Before proceeding further, I would like to draw the attention of members to a note by the Secretariat entitled “Checklist of reports of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) to the General Assembly on agenda items 49 to 60, 121 and 135”, which has been circulated, in English only, as document A/C.4/66/INF/3. This note has been distributed desk-to-desk in the General Assembly Hall as a reference guide for action on draft resolutions and decisions recommended by the Committee in its reports. In this connection, members will find in the second column of the note the symbols of the Committee’s draft resolutions or decisions, with the corresponding symbols of the reports for action in the plenary in the fifth column of the note.

Members are also reminded that additional sponsors are no longer accepted now that draft resolutions and decisions have been adopted by the Committee. Any clarification about sponsorship should be addressed to the Secretary of the Committee.

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United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

The Acting President: The Assembly has before it four draft resolutions recommended by the Committee in paragraph 16 of its report. We will now take decisions on draft resolutions I to IV, one by one. After the Assembly has taken decisions on all of them, representatives will have the opportunity to explain their votes on any or all of the draft resolutions.

We turn first to draft resolution I, entitled “Assistance to Palestine refugees”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
The Acting President: We now turn to draft resolution II, entitled “Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
The Acting President: We next turn to draft resolution III, entitled “Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
The Acting President: We now turn to draft resolution IV, entitled “Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
The Acting President: May I take it that it is the wish of the General Assembly to conclude its consideration of agenda item 52?

It was so decided.



Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of
the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories


The Acting President: The Assembly has before it five draft resolutions recommended by the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) in paragraph 18 of its report. We will now take action on draft resolutions I through V, one by one. After all decisions have been taken, representatives will have the opportunity to explain their votes.

We turn first to draft resolution I, entitled “Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
The Acting President: Draft resolution II is entitled “Applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
The Acting President: Draft resolution III is entitled “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
The Acting President: Draft resolution IV is entitled “Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:
The Acting President: Draft resolution V is entitled “The occupied Syrian Golan”. A recorded vote has been requested.

A recorded vote was taken.

In favour: Against: Abstaining:

The Acting President: I give the floor to those representatives who wish to speak in explanation of vote on the resolutions just adopted.

Mr. Khazaee (Islamic Republic of Iran): We voted in favour of all resolutions under agenda item 53, including resolutions 66/76, 66/77, 66/78 and 66/79, in order to join other members of the General Assembly in showing our solidarity and sympathy with the Palestinian people.

My delegation wishes to re-emphasize, however, that it will continue to maintain its long-standing position on the resolutions relating to the Palestinian issue. In that connection, I would like to explain more clearly our position on the resolutions and certain paragraphs thereof.

First, to the knowledge of all, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been unwavering in its support for the Palestinian people in their endeavours to attain their national goals and aspirations, including the full exercise of their right to self-determination, and has genuinely supported the legal and democratic Government of Palestine.

Secondly, the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to emphasize the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, who have been suffering under occupation and suppression for decades, and emphasizes the importance of the recognition by the international community of the Palestinians’ inalienable right to self-defence in the face of foreign occupation and aggression.

Thirdly, the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the settlement of the Palestinian crisis would be achievable only if the inalienable rights of the people of occupied Palestine were fully recognized, restored and maintained.

Regrettably, due to lack of attention to the root causes of the crisis, it has remained unresolved for more than six decades. There are numerous reasons for this failure, including the continued occupation of the Palestinian and other Arab territories by the Zionist regime and its persistent violations of the rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination and especially the legitimate and inalienable right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland.

Today, the General Assembly has adopted nine resolutions that reflect clear examples of the violations of human rights, refugee rights and Palestinian rights in the Middle East, especially concerning the Palestinian people. My delegation joined others to support those resolutions, submitted under agenda items 52 and 53. Unfortunately, we have seen some countries, which always claim to have a perfect human rights record and condemn the records of others, fail to join the vast majority of the General Assembly in supporting the resolutions.

We also believe, in the context of the Palestinian issue, that a durable peace in Palestine will be possible only when justice is ensured, when there is an end to discrimination and to the occupation of all Palestinian territories, when all Palestinian refugees return to their homeland, when democratic means are used to determine the wishes of the people, and when a democratic Palestinian State is established, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

Mrs. Davidovich (Israel): Year after year, the General Assembly rubber-stamps these same resolutions condemning Israel, regardless of the facts on the ground. They distort the truth. They undermine the credibility of this body. They contribute nothing to advancing peace in our region.

Israel would like to take this opportunity to thank the Member States that have stood up and voiced their clear opposition to these destructive resolutions. We hope that more of them will do the same in the future.

The Acting President: May I take it that it is the wish of the General Assembly to conclude its consideration of agenda item 53?

It was so decided.

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The meeting rose at 11.15 a.m.


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