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UN General Assembly Resolutions: Resolution 1002

(November 7, 1956)

On 6 November 1956, Britain and France announced that they would cease fire and withdraw from the Canal zone with no prior conditions. Israel had accepted the cease fire on 3 November, insisting at the same time that prior arrangements be made regarding the freedom of navigation and relations with Egypt in general before the Israeli forces were withdrawn. The General Assembly, nevertheless, passed the following Resolution, 65 votes for, 1 against, 10 abstentions:

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolutions 997 (ES-I) of 2 November 1956, 998 (ES-I) and 999 (ES-I) of 4 November 1956 and 1000 (ES-I) of 5 November 1956, adopted by overwhelming majorities,

Noting, in particular, that the General Assembly, by its resolution 1000 (ES-I), established a United Nations Command for an emergency international Force to secure and supervise the cessation of hostilities in accordance with all the terms of its resolution 997 (ES-I).

1. Reaffirms the above-mentioned resolutions;

2. Calls once again upon Israel immediately to withdraw all its forces behind the armistice lines established by the General Armistice Agreement between Egypt and Israel of 24 February 1949;

3. Calls once again upon the United Kingdom and France immediately to withdraw all their forces from Egyptian territory, consistently with the above-mentioned resolutions;

4. Urges the Secretary-General to communicate the present resolution to the parties concerned, and requests him promptly to report to the General Assembly on the compliance with this resolution.

Sources: The United Nations