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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
A/31/35
21 July 1976

REPORT

OF THE

COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE OF

THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS

OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE







GENERAL ASSEMBLY

OFFICIAL RECORDS: THIRTY-FIRST SESSION

SUPPLEMENT No. 35 (A/31/35)




UNITED NATIONS

New York, 1976











NOTE

Symbols of United Nations documents are composed of capital letters combined with figures. Mention of such a symbol indicates a reference to a United Nations document.

[Original: English/French]

CONTENTS

Paragraphs Page

LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

PART ONE. PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE
v
I.INTRODUCTION
1 - 3
1
II.MANDATE OF THE COMMITTEE
4 - 6
1
III.ORGANIZATION OF WORK
7 - 12
2
A. Meetings
7
2
B. Election of officers
8
2
C. Agenda
9
2
D. Participation in the work of the Committee
10 - 12
3
IV.SUMMARY OF THE DELIBERATIONS
13 - 58
3
A. Unique nature of the question of Palestine
13
3
B. Role of the Committee
14 - 17
4
C. Right of return
18 - 32
4
D. Right to self-determination and national
independence and sovereignty
33 - 35
7
E. Status of Jerusalem
36 - 39
8
F. Essential elements of a programme of
implementation of the inalienable rights
of the Palestinian people
40 - 47
8
G. Proposals concerning steps to ensure
implementation of the programme
48 - 50
10
H. Interrelationship between the question of
Palestine and the Middle East problem
51 - 58
10
PART TWO. RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE
I.BASIC CONSIDERATIONS AND GUIDELINES
59 - 65
13
II.THE RIGHT OF RETURN
66 - 69
13
III.THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION, NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE
AND SOVEREIGNTY
70 - 72
14
ANNEXES

I.LIST OF DOCUMENTS REFERRED TO IN REPORT
16
II.LETTER OF 28 MAY 1976 FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
COMMITTEE TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
17
III.LETTER OF 12 JULY 1976 FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE
18
IV.DRAFT RESOLUTION PRESENTED TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL
ON 29 JUNE 1976
20
21 July 1976






ANNEX III


Letter dated 12 July 1976 from the Secretary-General to
the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the
Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People


I have the honour to refer to your letter dated 28 May 1976 a/ by which, as requested by paragraph 7 of General Assembly resolution 3376 (XXX), you submitted to me, for transmittal to the Security Council, the report of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

On 29 May, I communicated the text of your letter and of the Committee's report (S/12090) to the Security Council which was requested by paragraph 8 of resolution 3376 (XXX) to "consider as soon as possible after 1 June 1976, the question of the exercise by the Palestinian people of the inalienable rights recognized in paragraphs 1 and 2 of resolution 3236 (XXIX)".

In accordance with the General Assembly's request in paragraph 9 of resolution 3376 (XXX) I set out below, for the information of the Committee, the action taken by the Security Council.

At its 1924th meeting, held on 9 June, the Security Council included in its agenda without objection the item entitled Question of the exercise by the Palestinian people of its inalienable rights: report of the Committee established under General Assembly resolution 3376 (XXX) (S/12090)".

The Security Council considered the item in the course of eight meetings held between 9 and 29 June.

In the course of these meetings the representatives of the following 29 Member States were invited, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with rule 37 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Democratic Yemen, Egypt, German Democratic Republic, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yugoslavia.

In accordance with rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, the Security Council also decided to extend invitations to the Chairman, the Rapporteur and other members of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, pursuant to the request contained in a letter from the Chairman of that Committee, and to Mr. Amin Helmy II, Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations, pursuant to the request contained in a letter from the representative of the Libyan Arab Republic.

The Security Council also decided by a vote of 11 in favour to one against (United States of America) with three abstentions (France, Italy and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) to invite, as on previous occasions, the representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in the debate, as requested in a letter from the representatives of the Libyan Arab Republic and Pakistan.

The texts of the statements made during consideration of the question by the Security Council are reproduced in the verbatim records of the 1924th, 1928th and 1933rd to 1938th meetings of the Council (S/PV.1924, 1928 and 1933 to 1938), which are transmitted herewith for the information of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

At the 1938th meeting, on 29 June, the representative of the United Republic of Tanzania introduced a draft resolution (S/12119) sponsored by Guyana, Pakistan, Panama and the United Republic of Tanzania, the text of which is annexed to this letter. b/

At the same meeting, the Security Council proceeded to vote on that draft resolution. It received 10 votes in favour, 1 against (United States of America) and 4 abstentions (France, Italy, Sweden and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), and was not adopted owing to the negative vote of a permanent member of the Security Council.

(Signed) Kurt WALDHEIM
Secretary-General






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