UNITED NATIONS
General Assembly

A/RES/48/213
15 March 1994

Forty-eighth session
Agenda item 12

RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

[on the report of the Second Committee (A/48/715)]

48/213. Assistance to the Palestinian people

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 47/170 of 22 December 1992,

Welcoming the signing of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, including its Annexes and its Agreed Minutes, by the Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, in Washington, D.C., on 13 September 1993, 1/

Gravely concerned about the difficult economic and employment conditions facing the Palestinian people throughout the occupied territory,

Conscious of the need for improvement in the economic and social infrastructure of the occupied territory and in the living conditions of the Palestinian people,

Aware that development is difficult under occupation and is beet promoted in circumstances of peace and stability,

Noting, in the light of the recent developments, the great economic and social challenges facing the Palestinian people and their leadership,

Conscious of the urgent necessity for international assistance to the Palestinian people, taking into account the Palestinian priorities,

Noting the convening of the United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, held at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization from 26 to 29 April 1993,

Stressing the need for the full engagement of the United Nations in the process of building Palestinian institutions and in providing broad assistance to the Palestinian people,

Welcoming the convening of the Conference to Support Middle East Peace, held in Washington, D.C., on 1 October 1993, and the establishment of the high-level United Nations task force to support the economic and social development of the Palestinian people,

Having considered the report of the secretary-General, 2/

1. Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General;

2. Expresses its appreciation to the secretary-General for his rapid response and efforts regarding assistance to the Palestinian people;

3. Expresses its appreciation to the Member States, United Nations bodies and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations that have provided and continue to provide assistance to the Palestinian people;

4. Welcomes the results of the Conference to Support Middle East Peace, convened in Washington, D.C., on 1 October 1993;

5. Urges Member States, international financial institutions of the United Nations system, international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and regional and interregional organizations to extend, as rapidly and as generously as possible, economic and social assistance to the Palestinians people in order to assist in the development of the West Bank and Gaza, and to do so in close cooperation with the Palestine Liberation organization and through official Palestinian institutions;

6. Considers that an active United Nations role in assisting in the implentation of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, including its Annexes and its Agreed Minutes, 1/ can make a positive contribution;

7. Calls upon relevant organizations and agencies of the United Nations system to intensify their assistance in response to the urgent needs of the Palestinian people, and to improve coordination through an appropriate mechanism under the auspices of the Secretary-General;

8. Urges Member States to open their markets to exports from the West Bank and Gaza on the most favourable terms, consistent with appropriate trading rules;

9. Suggests the convening in 1993/94, under the appropriate United Nations auspices, of a seminar on Palestinian trade and investment needs in light of the new developments;

10. Requests the Secretary-General to ensure the coordinated work of the United Nations system for an adequate response to the needs of the Palestinian people and to mobilize financial, technical, economic and other assistance;

11. Also requests the Secretary-General to submit a report to the General Assembly at its forty-ninth session, through the Economic and Social Council, on the implementation of the present resolution, containing:

(a) An assessment of the assistance actually received by the Palestinian people;

(b) An assessment of the needs still unmet and specific proposals for responding effectively to them;

12. Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its forty-ninth session an item entitled ‘Assistance to the Palestinian people".

86th plenary meeting

21 December 1993

II. CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSALS

A. Draft resolution A/C.2/48/L.17

5. At the 45th meeting, on 6 December, the representative of Algeria, on behalf of Algeria, Dibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia. Mauritania, Morocco, the Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen, subsequently joined by Cuba, Indonesia and the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea, introduced a draft resolution entitled ‘Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli settlements an the Palestinian people in the Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, occupied since 1967, and on the Arab population of the Syrian Golan’ (A/C.2/48/L.17). Lebanon subsequently withdrew as a sponsor of the draft resolution.

B. Draft resolutions A/C.2/48/L.18 and L.90

10. At the 45th meeting, on 6 December, the representative of Algeria, on behalf of Algeria, Diibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, the Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen, subsequently joined by Indonesia and Pakistan, introduced a draft resolution entitled ‘Assistance to the Palestinian (A/C.2/48/L.18). Lebanon subsequently withdrew as a sponsor of the d;: resolution. The draft resolution read as follows:

Importance of the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination and of the speedy granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights.

The General Assembly,

Reaffirming its faith in the importance of the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples contained in its resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960,

Deeply concerned by Israel’s continuing occupation of parts of southern Lebanon and its frequent attacks against Lebanese territory and people, as wet( as its refusal to implement Security Council resolution 425

(1978) of 19 March 1978,

Bearing in mind United Nations resolutions restated to the question of Palestine,

Taking note of the recent positive evolution in the Middle East peace process, in particular the signing on 13 September 1993 of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements 45/ by the Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization,

1. Calls upon all States to implement fully and faithfully all the relevant resolutions of the United Nations regarding the exercise of the right to self-determination and independence by peoples under colonial and foreign domination;

2. Reaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and Liberation from colonial domination, apartheid and foreign occupation, in at[ its forms and by all available means;

3. Reaffirms also the inalienable right of the Palestinian people and all peoples under foreign occupation and colonial domination to self-determination, independence and sovereignty;

4. Calls upon those Governments which do not recognize the right to self-determination and independence of all peoples still under colonist domination, alien subjugation and foreign occupation to do so;

5. Calls upon Israel to refrain from violation of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people and from denial of its right to self-determination;

6. Urges all States, the specialized agencies and organizations of the United Nations system, as well as other international organizations, to extend their support to the Palestinian people through its sole and legitimate representative, the Palestine Liberation organization, in its struggle to regain its right to self-determination and independence in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations;

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27. Urges all States, the specialized agencies and other competent organizations of the United Nations system to do their utmost to ensure the full implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples and to intensify their efforts to support peoples under colonial, foreign and racist domination in their just struggle for self-determination and independence;

28. Decides to consider this question at its forty-ninth session under the item entitled "Right of peoples to self-determination".

RECORDED VOTE ON RESOLUTION 48/94:

In favour: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.

Abstaining: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Greece, Honduras, Ireland, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay.

Absent: Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, El Salvador, Eritrea, Grenada, Madagascar*, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, Seycheties, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu.

C. Draft resolution A/C.3/48/L.19

14. At the 25th meeting, on 8 November, the representative of Algeria, on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Council of African States, introduced a 6 draft resolution entiteled-led "Importance of the universal realization of the rights of peoples to self-determination and of the speedy granting of independence the colonial countries and peoples for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights" (A/C.3/48/L.19). 48/124. Respect for the Principles of national sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of States in their electoral processes

48/124

The General Assembly,

Reaffirming the purposes of the United Nations to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace,

Also reaffirming the legitimacy of the struggle of all peoples under colonial and foreign domination, particularly the Palestinian people, for the exercise of their inalienable right to self-determination and national independence, which will enable them to decide freely on their own future,

9. Reaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle of all peoples under colonial and foreign domination, particularly of the Palestinian people, for the exercise of their inalienable right to self-determination and national independence, which which will enable them to determine their political, economic and social system, without interference;

10. Calls on the Commission on Human Rights at its fiftieth session to continue giving priority to the review of the fundamental factors that negatively affect the observance of the principles of national sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of States in their electoral processes and to report to the General Assembly at its forty-ninth session, through the Economic and Social Council;

11. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its forty-ninth session on the implementation of the present resolution, under the item entitled "Human rights questions".

RECORDED VOTE ON RESOLUTION 48/124:

In favour: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussatam, Burkina Faso Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Corigo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominics, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Thailand Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zaire, Zimbabwe.

Against: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, German Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Netherlands,New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

Abstaining: Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Georgia, Jamaica, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippians, Solomon Islands, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Zambia.

Absent: Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eritrea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, Seychelles, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu.

D. Draft resolution A/C.3/48/L.44

19. At the 50th meeting, on 3 December, the representative of Cuba, on behalf of China, Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Lao People’s Republic, Nambia, the Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam and Zimbabwe, introduced a draft resolution entitled "Respect for the principles of national sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of States in their electoral processes" (A/C.3/48/L.44).