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U.S. Vetoes of Security Council Resolutions: Resolution on Commission to Investigate Murder of Palestinian Workers - S/21326

(May 31, 1990)

The Security Council

Having considered the letter dated 21 May 1990 from the Permanent Representative of Bahrain to the United Nations, in his capacity as Chairman of the Arab Group for the month of May 1990 (S/21300),

Having listened to the statement by His Excellency President Yasser Arafat,

Reaffirming that the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, is applicable to the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem,

Graving concerned and alarmed by the deteriorating situation in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1969, including Jerusalem,

Bearing in mind that any deliberately planned act of violence in the region is a blow to peace,

1. Establishes a Commission consisting of three members of the Security Council, to be dispatched immediately to examine the situation relating to the policies and practices of Israel, the occupying Power, in the Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since 1967,

2. Requests the Commission to submit its report to the Security Council by 20 June 1990, containing recommendations on ways and means for ensuring the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilians under Israeli occupation;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to provide the Commission with the necessary facilities to enable it to carry out its mission;

4. Decides to keep the situation in the occupied territories under constant and close scrutiny and to reconvene to review the situation in the light of the finding of the Commission.

Sources: Global Policy Forum, UN Security Council