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UN General Assembly Resolutions: Resolution 51/27

(December 4, 1996)

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolutions 36/120 E of 10 December 1981, 37/123 C
of 16 December 1982, 38/180 C of 19 December 1983, 39/146 C of
14 December 1984, 40/168 C of 16 December 1985, 41/162 C of
4 December 1986, 42/209 D of 11 December 1987, 43/54 C of
6 December 1988, 44/40 C of 4 December 1989, 45/83 C of
13 December 1990, 46/82 B of 16 December 1991, 47/63 B of
11 December 1992, 48/59 A of 14 December 1993, 49/87 A of
16 December 1994 and 50/22 A of 4 December 1995, in which it
determined that all legislative and administrative measures and
actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or
purported to alter the character and status of the Holy City of
Jerusalem, in particular the so-called "Basic Law" on Jerusalem and
the proclamation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, were null and
void and must be rescinded forthwith,

Recalling also Security Council resolution 478 (1980) of
20 August 1980, in which the Council, inter alia, decided not to
recognize the "Basic Law" and called upon those States which had
established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions
from the Holy City,

Having considered the report of the Secretary-General, 1/

1. Determines that the decision of Israel to impose its laws,
jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem is
illegal and therefore null and void and has no validity whatsoever;

2. Deplores the transfer by some States of their diplomatic
missions to Jerusalem in violation of Security Council resolution 478
(1980) and their refusal to comply with the provisions of that

3. Calls once more upon those States to abide by the provisions
of the relevant United Nations resolutions, in conformity with the
Charter of the United Nations;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session on the implementation of the
present resolution.

72nd plenary meeting
4 December 1996


1/ A/51/543.

Sources: The United Nations