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The environmental situation in the occupied Palestinian and other Arab territories (decision 14/11)

59. At the 15th meeting of the session, on 18 June, the Council had before it a draft

decision on this subject submitted by Algeria, Bangladesh, Democratic Yemen,

Iraq, Jordan Kuwait, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, the Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia and Yemen


60. At the request ot the representative of the United states of America, a vote on the

draft decision was taken by roll-call. The draft decision was adopted by 28 votes

to 1, with 17 abstentions. The voting was as follows:-

In favour: Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Czechoslovakia, India, Indonesia,

Iran Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Libyan Arab Jamhiriya, Mauritania, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Poland, Republic of Korea, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukrainian, Soviet Socialist Republic, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Yugoslavia, Zambia.

Against: United States of America.

Abstaining: Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Canada, Colombia, Denmark,

France, Germany, Federal Republic of, Greece, Japan, Netherlands, Papua new Guinea, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Venezuela.

61. The representative of Denmark, speaking in explanation of vote on behalf of the EEC countries members of the Council and on behalf of Switzerland, said that those countries had abstained because political issues should fall within the purview of other forums. It was neither appropriate nor in the best interests of UNEP to burden the Governing Council with political matters.

62. The representative of the United States of America associated his delegation with the views expressed by the representative of Denmark and said it was highly inappropriate for UNEP and the United Nations Development programme (UNDP) to provide assistance in co-ordination with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

That position did not, however, imply indifference towards the economic and social welfare of the Palestinian people nor hat the United States condoned Israeli Settlements policies.

63. The representative of Venezuela expressed concern about the increasing politicization of United Nations technical bodies.

64. The representative of Venezuela expressed concern about the increasing politicization of United Nations technical bodies.

65. A communication was subsequently received from the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic in which he stated that, had he been present during the voting, he would have voted in favour or the decision.