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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)
31 December 1995


December 1995


Volume XVIII, Bulletin No. 10



Contents

Page
I.
    General Assembly adopts four resolutions on the question of Palestine
1
II.
    General Assembly adopts three resolutions on the situation in the Middle East
6
III.
    General Assembly adopts seven resolutions on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency
    for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
9
IV.
    General Assembly adopts four resolutions on the report of the Special Committee
    to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and
    Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories
16
V.
    General Assembly adopts resolution on assistance to the Palestinian people
20
VI.
    General Assembly adopts resolution on the economic and social repercussions of Israeli settlements
22
VII.
    General Assembly adopts resolution on the rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination
23
VIII.
    Excerpts from the final document of the Eleventh Conference of Heads of State or Government of
    the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, held at Cartagena, Colombia, from 18 to 20 October 1995
24
IX.
    Excerpts from the final communiqué and reports adopted at the annual coordination meeting of
    Ministers for Foreign Affairs of States Members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference,
    held in New York on 2 October 1995
26
X.
    Excerpts from the final communiqué and Muscat declaration adopted by the sixteenth summit
    of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council, held at Muscat, Sultanate of Oman,
    from 4 to 6 December 1995
29
XI.
    Non-governmental organizations: activities and information
30
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I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS FOUR RESOLUTIONS
ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE

The General Assembly considered item 42, entitled "Question of Palestine", at three plenary meetings held on 29 and 30 November and 15 December 1995. For excerpts from the two reports under the item, contained in documents A/50/35 and A/50/725-S/1995/930, as well as the text of the two statements introducing the debate on the item, see the November 1995 issue of this bulletin; for the verbatim records of the plenary consideration of the item, see A/50/PV.74, 75 and 93.

The statement by Ambassador Ravan Farhadi, Acting Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People introducing draft resolutions A/50/L.47 to 50 is reproduced below, based on the translated verbatim record contained in document A/50/PV.93.

The four resolutions adopted by the General Assembly on 15 December 1995 under the item are also reproduced below, with an indication of the vote. Voting details will be given in a document to be issued by the Division for Palestinian Rights with the symbol A/AC.183/L.2/Add.16.
"50/84. Question of Palestine
"A

"Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the
Palestinian People
Adopted on 15 December 1995
by a vote of 95 in favour to
2 against, with 52 abstentions
"B
"Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat
Adopted on 15 December 1995
by a vote of 96 in favour to
2 against, with 53 abstentions
"C

"Department of Public Information of the Secretariat


Adopted on 15 December 1995
by a vote of 142 in favour to
2 against, with 7 abstentions


"D
"Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine
Adopted on 15 December 1995
by a vote of 143 in favour to
3 against, with 3 abstentions
"Notes






II. GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS THREE RESOLUTIONS
ON THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The General Assembly considered agenda item 44, entitled "The situation in the Middle East", at three plenary meetings held on 1 and 4 December 1995. Under the item, the Secretary-General issued two brief reports on the implementation of the previous session's resolutions on Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan (A/50/574), containing information received from Member States, and on the peace effort (A/50/725-S/1995/930), containing replies from the Security Council and parties concerned as well as his observations. For excerpts from the latter document, see the November 1995 issue of this bulletin; for the verbatim record of the meetings, see documents A/50/PV.76, 77 and 79.

On 4 December 1995, the General Assembly adopted three resolutions, reproduced below with an indication of the vote. Voting details will be given in a document to be issued by the Division for Palestinian Rights with the symbol A/AC.183/L.2/Add.16.

"50/21. Middle East peace process
Adopted on 4 December 1995
by a vote of 148 in favour to
4 against, with 1 abstention


"Notes

"1/ A/48/486-S-26560, annex.
"2/ A/49/180-S/1994/727, annex.
"3/ A/49/300-S/1994/939, annex.
"4/ A/50/73-S/1995/83, enclosure.
"5/ A/49/645, annex."


"50/22. The situation in the Middle East

"A

"Jerusalem

Adopted on 4 December 1995
by a vote of 133 in favour to
1 against, with 13 abstentions


"B

"The Syrian Golan
Adopted on 4 December 1995
by a vote of 66 in favour to
2 against, with 79 abstentions
"Notes




III. GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS SEVEN RESOLUTIONS
ON THE UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY
FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST (UNRWA)

On 6 December 1995, the General Assembly considered the report of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) on agenda item 84, entitled "United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East" (A/50/605). For the verbatim record of the plenary consideration of the item, see document A/50/PV.82; for a description of the reports submitted under the item, see the September/October 1995 issue of this bulletin.

The seven resolutions adopted by the General Assembly under the item, on the recommendation of the Fourth Committee, are reproduced below with an indication of the vote, where appropriate. Voting details will be given in a document to be issued by the Division for Palestinian Rights with the symbol A/AC.183/L.2/Add.16.

"50/28. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

"A

"Assistance to Palestine refugees
Adopted on 6 December 1995
by a vote of 145 in favour to
1 against, with 1 abstention



"B
"Working Group on the Financing of the United Nations Relief and Works
Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Adopted on 6 December 1995
without a vote

"C
"Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967
and subsequent hostilities

Adopted on 6 December 1995
by a vote of 147 in favour to
2 against, with no abstention

"D

"Offers by Member States of grants and scholarships for higher education,
including vocational training, for Palestine refugees
Adopted on 6 December 1995
by a vote of 150 in favour to
none against, with 1 abstention



"E

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

Adopted on 6 December 1995
by a vote of 146 in favour to
2 against, with 3 abstentions

"F

"Revenues derived from Palestine refugees' properties

Adopted on 6 December 1995
by a vote of 98 in favour to
2 against, with 48 abstentions

"G

"University of Jerusalem `Al-Quds' for Palestine refugees

Adopted on 6 December 1995
by a vote of 148 in favour to
2 against, with 2 abstentions

"Notes


IV. GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS FOUR RESOLUTIONS ON THE
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE
ISRAELI PRACTICES AFFECTING THE HUMAN RIGHTS
OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE AND OTHER ARABS
OF THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES

On 6 December 1995, the General Assembly considered the report of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) on agenda item 85, entitled "Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and other Arabs of the Occupied Territories" (A/50/606). For the verbatim record of the plenary consideration of the item, see document A/50/PV.82; for a description of the reports submitted under the item, see the November 1995 issue of this bulletin.

The four resolutions adopted by the General Assembly under the item, on the recommendation of the Fourth Committee, are reproduced below with an indication of the vote. Voting details will be given in a document to be issued by the Division for Palestinian Rights with the symbol A/AC.183/L.2/Add.16.



"50/29. Report of the Special Committee to Investigate
Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian
People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

"A

Adopted on 6 December 1995
by a vote of 69 in favour to
2 against, with 80 abstentions


"B
Adopted on 6 December 1995
by a vote of 147 in favour to
2 against, with 4 abstentions

"C
Adopted on 6 December 1995
by a vote of 144 in favour to
2 against, with 7 abstentions

"D
Adopted on 6 December 1995
by a vote of 139 in favour to
1 against, with 13 abstentions
"Notes



V. GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON ASSISTANCE
TO THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

The General Assembly considered the question of assistance to the Palestinian People under agenda item 20 (b), entitled "Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: special economic assistance to individual countries or regions" on 27 November and 20 December 1995. For the verbatim records of the plenary consideration of the item see documents A/50/PV.70 and 96.

The Secretary-General issued under the item a report each on assistance to the Palestinian People (A/50/286-E/1995/113) and financing the Palestinian police force (A/50/763), the latter pursuant to General Assembly resolution 49/21 O of 13 April 1995. The final report of the United Nations Seminar on Palestinian Administrative, Managerial and Financial Needs and Challenges, held in Paris from 28 to 30 June 1995 under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People was also circulated under this item (A/50/278-E/1995/114, and Corr.1).

For information on the Secretary-General's report on assistance, see the July/August 1995 issue and for details on the United Nations Seminar, the June 1995 issue of this bulletin. The above-mentioned report on the financing of the Palestinian police force gives a brief account of donors, disbursements as well as of an independent financial review carried out on behalf of the European Commission.

On 20 December 1995, the General Assembly adopted under the item a resolution entitled "Assistance to the Palestinian People", without a vote. The resolution is reproduced below.

"50/58 H. Assistance to the Palestinian people
Adopted 20 December 1995
without a vote

Notes



VI. GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON THE ECONOMI
AND SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS OF ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS

On 20 December 1995, upon the recommendation of the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) (A/50/615/Add.1), the General Assembly adopted a resolution on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli settlements under agenda item 12, entitled "Report of the Economic and Social Council. Under the item, the Secretary-General transmitted the report prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia on economic and social repercussions of the Israeli settlements on the Palestinian people in the Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, occupied since 1967, and on the Arab population of the Syrian Golan (A/50/262-E/1995/59). For the verbatim record of the plenary consideration, see document A/50/PV.96. The resolution is reproduced below.

"50/129. Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli settlements
on the Palestinian people in the Palestinian territory,
including Jerusalem, occupied since 1967, and on the
Arab population of the occupied Syrian Golan
Adopted on 20 December 1995
by a vote of 126 in favour to
2 against, with 28 abstentions

"Notes


VII. GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE
PALESTINIAN PEOPLE TO SELF-DETERMINATION

On 21 December 1995, the General Assembly considered the report of the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (Third Committee) contained in document A/50/627 on agenda item 104, entitled "Right of peoples to self-determination", and adopted the resolution reproduced below. For the verbatim record of the Assembly's consideration, see document A/50/PV.97.
"50/140. The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination

Adopted on 21 December 1995
by a vote of 145 in favour to
2 against, with 9 abstentions

"Notes



VIII. EXCERPTS FROM THE FINAL DOCUMENT OF THE
ELEVENTH CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF STATE OR
GOVERNMENT OF THE MOVEMENT OF NON-ALIGNED
COUNTRIES, HELD AT CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA,
FROM 18 TO 20 OCTOBER 1995

The following are excerpts from the final document of the Eleventh Conference of Heads of State or Government of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, held at Cartagena, Colombia, from 18 to 20 October 1995 (A/50/752-S/1995/1035, annex III).

"MIDDLE EAST

"The Peace Process

The delegations of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the Syrian Arab Republic expressed in writing reservations on some aspects of the aforementioned paragraphs of the final document.


IX. EXCERPTS FROM THE FINAL COMMUNIQUE AND REPORTS
ADOPTED AT THE ANNUAL COORDINATION MEETING OF
MINISTERS FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF STATES MEMBERS
OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE,
HELD IN NEW YORK ON 2 OCTOBER 1995

The annual coordination meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of States members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), held in New York on 2 October 1995, adopted a final communiqué and reports. The meeting endorsed the recommendations contained in the report of the OIC Committee of Six on Palestine. For a press release on the Committee's meeting held on 27 September 1995, see the September/October 1995 issue of the bulletin. The following are excerpts from the final communiqué and a report of the Secretary-General of OIC (A/50/723-S/1995/927, annexes I and II).


Final communiqué of the annual coordination
meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs
of States members of OIC held in New
York on 2 October 1995

"...

Report of the Secretary-General of OIC on Al-Quds Al-Sharif
and Palestine submitted to the annual coordination meeting
of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of States members of OIC,
held in New York on 2 October 1995


X. EXCERPTS FROM THE FINAL COMMUNIQUÉ AND
MUSCAT DECLARATION ADOPTED BY THE SIXTEENTH
SUMMIT OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF THE GULF
COOPERATION COUNCIL, HELD AT MUSCAT,
SULTANATE OF OMAN, FROM 4 TO 6 DECEMBER 1995

The sixteenth summit of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council was held from 4 to 6 December 1995 at Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. An excerpt from the final communiqué of that summit, contained in the annex to document A/51/56-S/1995/1070, is reproduced below.

...

"The Middle East peace process

"- Full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Jerusalem;


"- Enabling the Palestinian people to exercise its full legitimate national rights, including its right to establish its independent State on its national soil;

"- Israel's withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Arab Golan to the boundary line that existed on 4 June 1967;

"- Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon and the restoration of all
occupied territory to Lebanese sovereignty in accordance with
Security Council resolution 425 (1978).

"The Gulf Cooperation Council reiterated its welcome of the peace agreement between Jordan and Israel and welcomed the signature of the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as a further step on the way to the establishment of a just and comprehensive peace.

"The Council States, commending the constructive and effective efforts undertaken by the co-sponsors of the Peace Conference and, in particular, the personal role being played by United States President Mr. William Clinton, affirmed their readiness to support any possible effort to accelerate the achievement of a final settlement between the parties to the Middle East peace process in accordance with United Nations resolutions and on the basis of the Madrid Conference.

"The Supreme Council also took cognizance of an evaluation of the conclusions of the Middle East and North Africa Economic Summit Conference, held recently in Amman, and expressed its hope that those conferences would help to support and consolidate the Middle East peace process.

...


XI. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION

1. The Other Front, which is published by the Alternative Information Center (AIC), is available from AIC, P.O. Box 31417, Jerusalem (fax No. (972-2) 253 151). Issue No. 348 of 20 December 1995 has articles on the renewed offensive of the right; the vision of Peres; and settlements.

2. Article 74, published in Jerusalem, P.O. Box 31417, (tel. No. (972-2) 241 159, fax No. (972-2) 253 151), has articles on the Taba (Oslo II) Agreement; memorandum on the Palestinian population registry in the framework of the elections to the Palestinian Council; and the 1967 displaced persons.

3. Washington Report on the Middle East, available from the American Educational Trust, P.O. Box 53062, Washington, D.C., 20009 (fax No. (202) 232 6754). Issue No. 5 of December 1995 includes views on Rabin assassination sharpens choice facing his country, right-wing extremists endanger Israel and the Jews; three years after mountain exile, Palestinian expellees home again; Palestinian trade delegation tours United States cities; and what will Likud do when it comes to power in Israel?

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