(December 22, 1999)
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 by 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, 5/
Expressing hope for rapid progress in the peace process and
the achievement of a final settlement between the Palestinian and
Israeli sides by the agreed time of September 2000,
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, including the option of a State;
2. Expresses the hope that the Palestinian people will soon be
exercising their right to self-determination, which is not subject to
any veto, in the current peace process;
3. Urges all States and the specialized agencies and the
organizations of the United Nations system to continue to support and
assist the Palestinian people in their quest for self-determination.
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17 December 1999
1/ Resolution 2200 (XXI), annex.
2/ Resolution 217 A (III).
3/ Resolution 1514 (XV).
4/ A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. III.
5/ See resolution 50/6.
Sources: The United Nations