United Nations General Assembly Resolution 53/136
December 9, 1998
The General Assembly,
Aware that the development of friendly relations among nations,
based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination
of peoples, is among the purposes and principles of the United Nations, as
defined in the Charter,
Recalling the International Covenants on Human Rights, 1/ the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 2/ the Declaration on the
Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples 3/ and
the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action adopted at the World
Conference on Human Rights on 25 June 1993, 4/
Recalling also the Declaration on the Occasion of the Fiftieth
Anniversary of the United Nations, See resolution 50/6.
Expressing deep concern about the difficulties facing the
Middle East peace process, and expressing the hope for rapid progress in
the peace process and the achievement of a final settlement between the
Palestinian and Israeli sides within the agreed time,
Affirming the right of all States in the region to live in peace
within secure and internationally recognized borders,
1. Reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to
self-determination, without excluding the option of a State;
2. Expresses the hope that the Palestinian people will soon be
exercising their right to self-determination in the current peace process;
3. Urges all States and the specialized agencies and organizations
of the United Nations system to continue to support and assist the
Palestinian people in their quest for self-determination.
85th plenary meeting
9 December 1998
1/ Resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.
2/ Resolution 217 A (III).
3/ Resolution 1514 (XV).
4/ A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. III.
Source: The United Nations.