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UN General Assembly Resolutions: Resolution 50/140

(December 21, 1995)

This resolution was adopted by a majority of 145 in favor, 2 against (Israel and the United States) with 9 abstentions. It was seen by Israel as an attempt to influence the outcome of the negotiations for the permanent status as agreed upon in the Oslo II agreement.

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 its Charter,

Recalling the International Covenants on Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights on 25 June 1993,

Noting the progress made in the Middle East peace process, in particular the mutual recognition and the signing of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self Government Arrangements on 13 September 1993 in Washington, D.C., by the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Government of Israel, as well as the ensuing implementation agreements, the last of which was the interim agreement of 28 September 1995,

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;

2. Expresses the hope that the Palestinian people could soon be exercising their right to self-determination in the current peace process;

3. Urges all States, specialized agencies and organizations of the United Nations system to continue to support the Palestinian people in their quest for self-determination.

Sources: The United Nations