The following is the text of General Assembly resolution ES-10/5, which was adopted on 17 March 1998 by a vote of 120 in favor, 3 against (Israel, United States, Micronesia) and 5 abstentions (Australia, Bulgaria, Marshall Islands, Romania, Swaziland). With this vote, Australia, Marshall Islands and Romania have abstained on all four resolutions of the 10th ESS. Further, it should be noted that at the time of the vote, 34 Member States were in arrears and could not vote.

The draft resolution was introduced by Egypt on behalf of its cosponsors, which included Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Comoros, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Viet Nam and Yemen.

Illegal Israeli Actions in Occupied East Jerusalem

And the Rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory

The General Assembly,

Reaffirming its resolutions ES-10/2 of 25 April 1997, ES-10/3 of 15 July 1997, and ES-10/4 of 13 November 1997,

Determined to uphold the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international humanitarian law, and all other instruments of international law, as well as relevant General Assembly and Security Council resolutions,

Increasingly concerned with the persistent violations by Israel, the occupying Power, of the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, including its settlement construction at Jabal Abu Ghneim to the south of Occupied East Jerusalem, and its failure to accept the de jure applicability of the Convention to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and the rest of the occupied Arab territories since 1967,

Aware that the necessary steps recommended in paragraph 5 of resolution ES-10/4, including the convening of a meeting of experts with a target date not later than end of February 1998 in order to follow up on the recommendations mentioned in paragraph 10 of resolution ES-10/3 and paragraph 4 of resolution ES-10/4, remain to be fulfilled,

  1. Reiterates its condemnation of the failure of the Government of Israel to comply with the provisions of resolutions ES-10/2, ES-10/3, and ES-10/4;
  2. Reiterates all the demands made in resolutions ES-10/2, ES-10/3 and ES-10/4, and stresses the necessity of the full and immediate implementation by Israel, the occupying Power, of those demands;
  3. Reiterates once again its recommendation that the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 convene a conference on measures to enforce the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and to ensure its respect in accordance with common article 1;
  4. Reiterates its recommendation to the Government of Switzerland, in its capacity as the depository of the Geneva Convention, to undertake the necessary preparatory steps, including the convening of a meeting of experts in order to follow up on the above-mentioned recommendations;
  5. Extends the target date for the convening of the meeting of experts of the High Contracting Parties until the end of April 1998;
  6. Reiterates the request made in paragraph 6 of resolution ES-10/4 to the Government of Switzerland to invite the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in the above-mentioned conference and in any preparatory steps for that conference;
  7. Reiterates its decision that, in case of continued lack of compliance by Israel, the occupying Power, with the provisions of resolutions ES-10/2, ES-10/3 and ES-10/4, it shall reconsider the situation with a view to making further appropriate recommendations to the States Members of the United Nations, in accordance with its resolution 377A (V) of 3 November 1950;
  8. Decides to adjourn the tenth emergency special session temporarily and to authorize the President of the most recent General Assembly to resume its meeting upon request from Member States.