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UN General Assembly Resolutions: Resolution 51/82

(December 12, 1996)

This resolution confirmed the right of the Palestinian people for self-determination, independence and sovereignty. It called on states and organizations to help the Palestinians. The resolution was adopted by 159 in favor, 3 against, 12 abstentions and 11 absent.

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 at the World Conference on Human Rights on 25 June 1993,

Recalling also the Declaration on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations,

Noting the developments in the Middle East peace process, including the mutual recognition and the signing of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements in Washington on 13 September 1993 by the Palestine Liberation Organization, the representative of the Palestinian people, and the Government of Israel, as well as the ensuing implementation agreement, in particular 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 will soon be exercising their right to self-determination in the current peace process;

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

Sources: The United Nations