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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/59/279
18 August 2004

Original: English

Fifty-ninth session
Item 76 of the provisional agenda*
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
Refugees in the Near East



Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues


Report of the Secretary-General **


Summary
On 12 April 2004, the Secretary-General addressed notes verbales to Israel and all other Member States, drawing their attention to the relevant provisions of General Assembly resolutions 58/91 to 58/95, in particular paragraph 4 of resolution 58/94, and requesting information by 31 May 2004 concerning any action taken or envisaged in relation to their implementation. On 17 June 2004, the Secretary-General addressed a note to Israel regarding the resolutions cited above, repeating his request for information and asking for a reply by 1 July 2004. Replies covering various aspects of resolutions 58/91 to 58/95 were received from the following Member States: Syrian Arab Republic (10 May 2004), Estonia (14 May 2004), Sweden (7 June 2004), Austria (9 June 2004), Switzerland (10 June 2004) and Israel (12 July 2004). The full text of the replies are reproduced in the present report. No information has been received from other Member States regarding the request contained in paragraph 4 of resolution 58/94.


* A/59/150.
** The present report was submitted after the established deadline in order to include as much updated information as possible.

1. The present report is submitted in pursuance of General Assembly resolution 58/94 of 9 December 2003, on Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues.

2. On 12 April 2004, the Secretary-General drew the attention of the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations to Assembly resolutions 58/91 to 58/95, all of 9 December 2003, and requested that the Permanent Representative of Israel inform him by 31 May of any steps that his Government had taken or envisaged taking in implementation of the relevant provisions of the resolutions. On 17 June 2004, the Secretary-General reminded the Permanent Representative of Israel of his request of 12 April and requested a reply by 1 July 2004.

3. Also on 12 April, the Secretary-General addressed a note verbale to all other Member States, drawing their attention to the relevant provisions of resolutions 58/91 to 58/95, in particular paragraph 4 of resolution 58/94, and requesting information by 31 May 2004 concerning any action taken or envisaged in relation to their implementation.

4. A reply dated 11 May 2004 was received from the Syrian Arab Republic, covering various aspects of resolutions 58/91 to 58/95. The text reads as follows:


5. A reply dated 14 May 2004 was received from Estonia, covering various aspects of resolutions 58/91 to 58/95. The text reads as follows:
6. A reply dated 7 June 2004 was received from Sweden, covering various aspects of resolutions 58/91 to 58/95. The text reads as follows:
7. A reply dated 9 June 2004 was received from Switzerland, covering various aspects of resolutions 58/91 to 58/95. The text reads as follows:
8. A reply dated 12 July 2004 was received from Israel, covering various aspects of resolutions 58/91 to 58/95. The text reads as follows:
9. No information has been received from other Member States with regard to the request contained in paragraph 4 of resolution 58/94.


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