Full Text of UN Resolution A/67/L.28 on Palestine


United Nations                                                                              A/67/L.28


Sixtyseventh session

Agenda item 37

Question of Palestine

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao

Peoples Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Yemen, Zimbabwe and Palestine: draft resolution

Status of Palestine in the United Nations

The General Assembly,

Guided by the purposes  and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and stressing  in this regard the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.

Recalling   its  resolution  2625  (XXV)  of  24  October  1970,1    by  which  it affirmed, inter alia, the duty of every State to promote  through joint and separate action  the  realization  of  the  principle  of  equal  rights  and  self-determination  of peoples,

Stressing the importance of maintaining  and strengthening  international peace founded upon freedom, equality, justice and respect for fundamental human rights,

Recalling its resolution 181 (II) of 29 November 1947,

Reaffirming the principle,  set out in the Charter, of the inadmissibility  of the acquisition of territory by force,

Reaffirming also relevant Security Council resolutions, including, inter alia, resolutions  242  (1967)  of  22  November  1967,  338  (1973)  of  22  October  1973, 446 (1979) of 22 March 1979, 478 (1980) of 20 August 1980, 1397 (2002) of 12

1   Declaration on Principles of International  Law concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.12-60736 (E)    281112 *1260736* A/67/L.28 March 2002, 1515 (2003) of 19 November 2003 and 1850 (2008) of 16 December 2008,

Reaffirming further the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949,2   to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, with regard to the matter of prisoners,

Reaffirming its resolution 3236 (XXIX) of 22 November 1974 and all relevant resolutions, including resolution 66/146 of 19 December 2011, reaffirming the right of   the   Palestinian   people   to   self-determination,   including   the   right   to   their independent State of Palestine,

Reaffirming  also  its  resolutions  43/176  of  15  December  1988  and  66/17  of 30 November 2011 and all relevant resolutions regarding the Peaceful settlement of the question  of Palestine,  which,  inter alia,  stress the need  for the withdrawal  of Israel from the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, primarily the right to self-determination and the right to their independent State, a just resolution of the problem  of  the  Palestine  refugees  in  conformity  with  resolution  194  (III)  of 11 December  1948 and the complete cessation of all Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,

Reaffirming further its resolution 66/18 of 30 November 2011 and all relevant resolutions regarding the status of Jerusalem, bearing in mind that the annexation of East Jerusalem is not recognized by the international community,  and emphasizing the  need  for  a  way  to  be  found  through  negotiations  to  resolve  the  status  of Jerusalem as the capital of two States,

Recalling the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of 9 July 2004,3

Reaffirming its resolution 58/292 of 6 May 2004, affirming, inter alia, that the status of the  Palestinian  territory occupied  since  1967,  including  East  Jerusalem, remains one of military  occupation  and that, in accordance  with international  law and relevant  United  Nations  resolutions,  the  Palestinian  people  have  the right  to self-determination and to sovereignty over their territory,

Recalling  its resolutions 3210 (XXIX) of 14 October 1974 and 3237 (XXIX) of 22 November 1974, by which, respectively, the Palestine Liberation Organization was invited to participate in the deliberations of the General Assembly as the representative of the Palestinian people and was granted observer status,

Recalling  also its resolution 43/177 of 15 December  1988, by which it, inter alia,  acknowledged  the  proclamation  of  the  State  of  Palestine  by  the  Palestine National   Council   on   15   November   1988   and   decided   that   the   designation “Palestine” should be used in place of the designation “Palestine Liberation Organization” in the United Nations system, without prejudice to the observer status and functions of the Palestine Liberation  Organization within  the United  Nations system,


2   United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, No. 973.

3   See A/ES-10/273 and Corr.1; see also Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 2004, p. 136.

2     12-60736



Taking  into  consideration  that  the  Executive  Committee   of  the  Palestine Liberation Organization,  in accordance  with  a decision  by the Palestine  National Council,  is  entrusted   with  the  powers  and  responsibilities  of  the  Provisional Government of the State of Palestine,4

Recalling its resolution 52/250 of 7 July 1998, by which additional rights and privileges were accorded to Palestine in its capacity as observer,
Recalling also the Arab Peace Initiative adopted in March 2002 by the Council of the League of Arab States,5

Reaffirming its commitment, in accordance with international law, to the two- State solution of an independent, sovereign, democratic, viable and contiguous State of Palestine living side by side with Israel in peace and security on the basis of the pre-1967 borders,

Bearing in mind the mutual recognition of 9 September 1993 between the Government of  the  State  of  Israel  and  the  Palestine  Liberation  Organization,  the representative of the Palestinian people,6

Affirming the right of all States in the region to live in peace within secure and internationally recognized borders,

Commending  the Palestinian National Authority’s  2009 plan for constructing the institutions  of an independent  Palestinian State within  a two-year  period,  and welcoming the positive assessments in this regard about readiness for statehood by the World Bank,  the United  Nations  and the International  Monetary  Fund  and as reflected in the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee  Chair conclusions of April  2011  and subsequent Chair  conclusions,  which  determined that  the Palestinian  Authority  is above the threshold for a functioning State in key sectors studied,

Recognizing   that  full  membership  is  enjoyed  by  Palestine  in  the  United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Economic and Social Commission  for  Western  Asia  and  the  Group  of  Asia-Pacific   States  and  that Palestine  is  also  a  full  member  of  the  League  of Arab  States,  the  Movement  of Non-Aligned Countries,  the Organization of Islamic Cooperation  and the Group of
77 and China,

Recognizing also that, to date, 132 States Members of the United Nations have accorded recognition to the State of Palestine,

Taking   note   of  the   11  November   2011  report   of  the   Security   Council

Committee on the Admission of New Members,7

Stressing  the  permanent  responsibility   of  the  United  Nations  towards  the question of Palestine until it is satisfactorily resolved in all its aspects,

Reaffirming the principle of universality of membership of the United Nations,

1.   Reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to independence in their State of Palestine on the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967;


4   See A/43/928, annex.

5   A/56/1026-S/2002/932, annex II, resolution 14/221.

6   See A/48/486-S/26560,  annex.

7  S/2011/705.;1260736



2.        Decides to accord to Palestine non-member  observer State status in the United Nations, without prejudice to the acquired rights, privileges and role of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the United Nations as the representative of the Palestinian people, in accordance with the relevant resolutions and practice;

3.        Expresses the hope that the Security Council will consider favourably the application submitted on 23 September 2011 by the State of Palestine for admission to full membership in the United Nations;8

4.        Affirms   its   determination   to   contribute   to   the   achievement   of   the inalienable  rights  of  the  Palestinian   people  and  the  attainment  of  a  peaceful settlement in the Middle East that ends the occupation that began in 1967 and fulfils the  vision  of  two  States:  an  independent,  sovereign,  democratic,  contiguous  and viable State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security with Israel on the basis of the pre-1967 borders;

5.        Expresses   the  urgent   need   for  the  resumption   and   acceleration   of negotiations  within  the  Middle  East  peace  process  based  on  the  relevant  United Nations resolutions, the terms of reference of the Madrid Conference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative5   and the Quartet road map to a permanent two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict9   for the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement between  the Palestinian  and Israeli sides that resolves all outstanding core issues, namely the Palestine refugees, Jerusalem, settlements, borders, security and water;

6.        Urges all States, the specialized agencies and organizations of the United Nations system to continue to support and assist the Palestinian people in the early realization of their right to self-determination, independence and freedom;

7.        Requests   the   Secretary-General   to   take   the   necessary   measures   to implement the present resolution and to report to the Assembly within three months on progress made in this regard.


8   A/66/371-S/2011/592, annex I.

9   S/2003/529, annex.



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