The Status of Palestinian Refugees in International Law

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ANNEX 1 Selected United Nations Resolutions of Concern to Palestinian Refugees
Since 1948, hundreds of United Nations resolutions have been adopted that, either directly or indirectly, relate to the position of Palestinian refugees.1 In this annex the integral text is provided of three of the most significant resolutions on the subject.
1. General Assembly Resolution 194 (III), 11 December 1948:
Establishing a UN Conciliation Commission, resolving that Jerusalem should be placed under a permanent international regime, and resolving that the refugees should be permitted to return to their homes The General Assembly, Having considered further the situation in Palestine,
1. Expresses its deep appreciation of the progress achieved through the good offices of the late United Nations Mediator in promoting a peaceful adjustment of the future situation of Palestine, for which cause he sacrificed his life; and

Extends its thanks to the Acting Mediator and his staff for their continued efforts and devotion to duty in Palestine;

2. Establishes a Conciliation Commission consisting of three States Members of the United Nations which shall have the following functions:
a. To assume, in so far as it considers necessary in existing circumstances, the functions given to the United Nations Mediator on Palestine by resolution 186 (S-2) of the General Assembly of 14 May 1948;
b. To carry out the specific functions and directives given to it by the present resolution and such additional functions and directives as may be given to it by the General Assembly or by the Security Council;
c. To undertake, upon the request of the Security Council, any of the functions now assigned to the United Nations Mediator on Palestine or to the United Nations Truce Commission by resolutions of the Security Council; upon such request to the Conciliation Commission by the
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A compilation of these and other resolutions on Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict has been published by the Institute for Palestine Studies; see ch. I, n. 68.

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