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UN adopts nine resolutions in favour of Palestine

The UN General Assembly – Fourth Committee has adopted nine resolutions in favour of Palestine.

The resolutions included four on the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and five relevant to 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.

The draft resolution on assistance to Palestine refugees was approved by a recorded vote of 165 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 9 abstentions.

According to that text, the General Assembly would affirm the need for the continuation of the work of UNRWA and the importance of its unimpeded provision of services for the well-being, protection and human development of the Palestine refugees and for the stability of the region, pending the just resolution of the question of the Palestine refugees.

Other drafts in that group concerned persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities; the operations of UNRWA; and Palestinian refugees’ properties and revenue.

A resolution which would have the Assembly deplore Israeli policies and practices that violated the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories, and ask the Special Committee to continue to investigate those violations, especially those of the Geneva Convention of 12 August, 1949, was approved by a recorded vote of 90 in favour to 9 against, with 75 abstentions.

The other texts were on the applicability of the Geneva Convention to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories; Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory; Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people; and the occupied Syrian Golan.

Acting without a vote, the Committee approved a draft decision on the rotation of post of Rapporteur in the Committee from the seventieth to seventy-third sessions of the General Assembly, and a draft decision on the proposed programme of work for the seventieth session.

The four draft resolutions on UNRWA were introduced by the representative of Indonesia.

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