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Text: UN Resolution: Question of Palestine with vote

United Nations
General Assembly Distr.: Limited 26 November 2012
Original: English
Sixty-seventh session
Agenda item 37
Question of Palestine

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational
State of), Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Comoros, Cuba,
Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt,
Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan,
Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar,
Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria,
Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia,
Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan,
Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian
Republic of), Yemen, Zimbabwe and Palestine: draft resolution

Status of Palestine in the United Nations

The General Assembly,

Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United
Nations, and stressing in this regard the principle of equal rights and
self-determination of peoples,

Recalling its resolution 2625 (XXV) of 24 October 1970,[1] by
which it affirmed, inter alia, the duty of every State to promote through
joint and separate action the realization of the principle of equal
rights and self-determination of peoples,

Stressing the importance of maintaining and strengthening international
peace founded upon freedom, equality, justice and respect for fundamental
human rights,

Recalling its resolution 181 (II) of 29 November 1947,

Reaffirming the principle, set out in the Charter, of the inadmissibility
of the acquisition of territory by force,

Reaffirming also relevant Security Council resolutions, including, inter
alia, resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967, 338 (1973) of 22
October 1973, 446 (1979) of 22 March 1979, 478 (1980) of 20 August
1980, 1397 (2002) of 12 March 2002, 1515 (2003) of 19 November 2003 and
1850 (2008) of 16 December 2008,

Reaffirming further the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative
to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949,[2]
to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,
including, inter alia, with regard to the matter of prisoners,

Reaffirming its resolution 3236 (XXIX) of 22 November 1974 and all relevant
resolutions, including resolution 66/146 of 19 December 2011, reaffirming
the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,
including the right to their independent State of Palestine,

Reaffirming also its resolutions 43/176 of 15 December 1988 and
66/17 of 30 November 2011 and all relevant resolutions regarding the
Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, which, inter alia,
stress the need for the withdrawal of Israel from the Palestinian
territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, the realization of
the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, primarily the right to
self-determination and the right to their independent State, a just
resolution of the problem of the Palestine refugees in conformity
with resolution 194 (III) of 11 December 1948 and the complete
cessation of all Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory, including East Jerusalem,

Reaffirming further its resolution 66/18 of 30 November 2011 and all
relevant resolutions regarding the status of Jerusalem, bearing in mind that
the annexation of East Jerusalem is not recognized by the international
community, and emphasizing the need for a way to be found through
negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the capital of two

Recalling the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of 9
July 2004,[3]

Reaffirming its resolution 58/292 of 6 May 2004, affirming, inter alia, that
the status of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East
Jerusalem, remains one of military occupation and that, in accordance
with international law and relevant United Nations resolutions, the
Palestinian people have the right to self-determination and to
sovereignty over their territory,

Recalling its resolutions 3210 (XXIX) of 14 October 1974 and 3237 (XXIX)
of 22 November 1974, by which, respectively, the Palestine Liberation
Organization was invited to participate in the deliberations of the General
Assembly as the representative of the Palestinian people and was granted
observer status,

Recalling also its resolution 43/177 of 15 December 1988, by which it,
inter alia, acknowledged the proclamation of the State of Palestine
by the Palestine National Council on 15 November 1988 and
decided that the designation "Palestine" should be used in place of
the designation "Palestine Liberation Organization" in the United Nations
system, without prejudice to the observer status and functions of the
Palestine Liberation Organization within the United Nations system,

Taking into consideration that the Executive Committee of the
Palestine Liberation Organization, in accordance with a decision by
the Palestine National Council, is entrusted with the powers and
responsibilities of the Provisional Government of the State of

Recalling its resolution 52/250 of 7 July 1998, by which additional rights
and privileges were accorded to Palestine in its capacity as observer,

Recalling also the Arab Peace Initiative adopted in March 2002 by the
Council of the League of Arab States,[5]

Reaffirming its commitment, in accordance with international law, to the
two- State solution of an independent, sovereign, democratic, viable and
contiguous State of Palestine living side by side with Israel in peace and
security on the basis of the pre-1967 borders,

Bearing in mind the mutual recognition of 9 September 1993 between the
Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization,
the representative of the Palestinian people,[6]

Affirming the right of all States in the region to live in peace within
secure and internationally recognized borders,

Commending the Palestinian National Authority's 2009 plan for
constructing the institutions of an independent Palestinian State within
a two-year period, and welcoming the positive assessments in this regard
about readiness for statehood by the World Bank, the United Nations and
the International Monetary Fund and as reflected in the Ad Hoc
Liaison Committee Chair conclusions of April 2011 and subsequent
Chair conclusions, which determined that the Palestinian Authority
is above the threshold for a functioning State in key sectors studied,

Recognizing that full membership is enjoyed by Palestine in the
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the
Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and the Group of
Asia-Pacific States and that Palestine is also a full member of
the League of Arab States, the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries,
the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Group of 77 and China,

Recognizing also that, to date, 132 States Members of the United Nations
have accorded recognition to the State of Palestine,

Taking note of the 11 November 2011 report of the
Security Council Committee on the Admission of New Members,[7]

Stressing the permanent responsibility of the United Nations
towards the question of Palestine until it is satisfactorily resolved in
all its aspects,

Reaffirming the principle of universality of membership of the United

1. Reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination
and to independence in their State of Palestine on the Palestinian
territory occupied since 1967;

2. Decides to accord to Palestine non-member observer State status
in the United Nations, without prejudice to the acquired rights, privileges
and role of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the United Nations as
the representative of the Palestinian people, in accordance with the
relevant resolutions and practice;

3. Expresses the hope that the Security Council will consider
favourably the application submitted on 23 September 2011 by the State of
Palestine for admission to full membership in the United Nations;[8]

4. Affirms its determination to contribute to the
achievement of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people
and the attainment of a peaceful settlement in the Middle East that
ends the occupation that began in 1967 and fulfils the vision of two
States: an independent, sovereign, democratic, contiguous and viable
State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security with Israel on
the basis of the pre-1967 borders;

5. Expresses the urgent need for the resumption and
acceleration of negotiations within the Middle East peace process
based on the relevant United Nations resolutions, the terms of reference
of the Madrid Conference, including the principle of land for peace, the
Arab Peace Initiative [5] and the Quartet road map to a permanent two-State
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict [9] for the achievement of a
just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement between the Palestinian
and Israeli sides that resolves all outstanding core issues, namely the
Palestine refugees, Jerusalem, settlements, borders, security and water;

6. Urges all States, the specialized agencies and organizations of the
United Nations system to continue to support and assist the Palestinian
people in the early realization of their right to self-determination,
independence and freedom;

7. Requests the Secretary-General to take the necessary
measures to implement the present resolution and to report to the Assembly
within three months on progress made in this regard.

[1] Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly
Relations and Cooperation among States in accordance with the Charter of the
United Nations.
[2] United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, No. 973.
[3] See A/ES-10/273 and Corr.1; see also Legal Consequences of the
Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Advisory
Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 2004, p. 136.
[4] See A/43/928, annex.
[5] A/56/1026-S/2002/932, annex II, resolution 14/221.
[6] See A/48/486-S/26560, annex.
[7] S/2011/705.
[8] A/66/371-S/2011/592, annex I.
[9] S/2003/529, annex.

UN General Assembly
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Sixty-seventh General Assembly
General Assembly Plenary
44th & 45th Meetings (PM & Night)


Vote on Status of Palestine at United Nations

The draft resolution on the Status of Palestine at the United Nations
(document A/67/L.28) was adopted by a recorded vote of 138 in favour to 9
against, with 41 abstentions, as follows:

In favour: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina,
Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize,
Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso,
Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China,
Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,
Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia,
Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras,
Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan,
Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic
Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia,
Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique,
Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway,
Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation,
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao
Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone,
Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka,
Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan,
Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan,
Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay,
Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against: Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia
(Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Panama, United States.

Abstain: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of
the Congo, Estonia, Fiji, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Latvia,
Lithuania, Malawi, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Papua New
Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania,
Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, The former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Tonga, United Kingdom, Vanuatu.

Absent: Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, Ukraine.

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