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Methods and Procedtoes of the General Assembly for Dealing with Legal and Drafting Questions

  • Yuen-Li Liang (a1)

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1 The text of the resolution is contained in U.N. Doc. A/BESOLUTION/10.

2 Draft resolution I, U.N. Doc. A/C.6/L.175; and draft resolution II, U.N. Doc. A/C.6/L.176; General Assembly, 6th Sess., Official Records, Agenda item 63, Annexes, pp. 2–4.

3 General Assembly, 6th Bess., Official Records, 6th Committee, 256th meeting, pars. 31–33.

4 Ibid., 257th meeting, pars. 18–20. Other representatives also alluded to the difficulty of distinguishing the legal from the non-legal elements, e.g., those of Sweden, ibid., 258th meeting, par. 38; China, ibid., par. 48; Canada, ibid., par. 52; Uruguay, ibid., 259th meeting, par. 32; Yugoslavia, ibid., 261st meeting, par. 44.

5 Admission of a State to the United Nations (Charter, Art. 4), Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports, 1948, p. 69.

6 General Assembly, 6th Sess., Official Records, 6th Committee, 260th meeting, par. 23.

7 Ibid., 262nd meeting, par. 17.

8 Ibid., par. 16.

9 Ibid., 260th meeting, par. 33.

10 Ibid., 262nd meeting, pars. 16–20.

11 Ibid., 258th meeting, par. 10.

12 Ibid., par. 27.

13 Ibid., par. 47.

14 Ibid., 260th meeting, par. 24.

15 Ibid., 258th meeting, par. 26.

16 Ibid., 260th meeting, par. 24.

17 Ibid., 258th meeting, par. 48.

18 Ibid., 257th meeting, par. 16.

19 Ibid., 262nd meeting, par. 17.

20 Ibid., 258th meeting, par. 48.

21 Ibid., 261st meeting, par. 16.

22 Ibid., 259th meeting, par. 48.

23 Ibid., 258th meeting, par. 18.

24 Ibid., par. 48.

25 Ibid., 261st meeting, pars. 42–43.

26 Ibid., 259th meeting, par. 2.

27 Ibid., 258th meeting, par. 9.

28 Ibid., 263rd meeting, pars. 10–20.

29 Ibid., 256th meeting, pars. 39–40.

30 Interpretation of Peace Treaties, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Eeports, 1950, p. 65.

31 International Status of South-West Africa, Advisory Opinion, ibid., p. 128.

32 Admission of a State to the United Nations (Charter, Art. 4), Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports, 1948, p. 57.

33 General Assembly, 6th Sess., Official Records, 6th Committee, 256th meeting, par. 37.

34 This apparently referred to resolution 378 B (V), adopted, on the recommendation of the First Committee, by the General Assembly at its fifth session, by which the question of defining aggression was referred to the International Law Commission.

35 These included the representatives of Brazil, General Assembly, 6th Sess., Official Records, 6th Committee, 257th meeting, par. 17; El Salvador, ibid., 258th meeting, par. 5; Chile, ibid., par. 13; Indonesia, ibid., par. 19; Sweden, ibid., par. 37; Canada, ibid., par. 53; U. S. A., ibid., par. 56; .France ibid., 259th meeting, par. 25; Cuba, ibid., par. 53; Bolivia, ibid., 260th meeting, par. 46; Netherlands, ibid., 261st meeting, par. 5; Syria, ibid., par. 29.

36 Ibid., 262nd meeting, par. 21.

37 Ibid., 260th meeting, par. 26.

38 Reservations to the Convention on Genocide, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports, 1951, p. 15.

39 General Assembly, 6th Sess., Official Records, 6th Committee, 256th meeting, par. 41.

40 Ibid., 257th meeting, par. 24.

41 Ibid., 258th meeting, par. 53.

42 Ibid., 259th meeting, par. 29.

43 Ibid., 258th meeting, par. 40.

44 Ibid., 260th meeting, par. 37.

45 Draft resolution II, U.N. Doc. A/C.6/L.176, General Assembly, 6th Sess., Official Eecords, Agenda item 63, Annexes, pp. 3–4.

46 General Assembly, 6th Sess., Official Records, 6th Committee, 257th meeting, pars. 7–10.

47 Ibid., 261st meeting, par. 28.

48 Ibid., par. 6.

49 Ibid., 259th meeting, par. 38.

50 U.N. Doc. A/C.6/L.178, General Assembly, 6th Sess., Official Reeords, Agenda item 63, Annexes, p. 4.

51 General Assembly, 6th Sess., Official Reeords, 6th Committee, 261st meeting, par. 51.

52 Ibid., 262nd meeting, par. 24.

53 Ibid., 261st meeting, par. 51.

54 Ibid., 260th meeting, par. 30.

55 U.N. Doe. A/C.6/L.186, General Assembly, 6th Sess., Official Records, Agenda item 63, Annexes, pp. 7–8.

56 For text of resolution, see General Assembly, 6th Sess., Official Records, Supp. No. 20 (A/2119), p. 84, Resolution No. 597 (VI). The Member States appointed to the Committee were: Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Sweden, Soviet Union, United Kingdom, U. S. A. and Venezuela.

57 General Assembly, 6th Sess., Official Records, Plenary Meetings, 356th meeting, par. 33. The vote was 50 in favor, none against, with 5 abstentions.

58 U.N. Doc. A/2174.

59 Ibid., par. 40.

60 U.N. Doc. A/C.6/L.234.

61 U.N. Doe. A/C.6/SE.306, pp. 6–9.

62 These included those of France, U.N. Doc. A/C.6/SR.306, p. 17; Afghanistan, A/C.6/SR.307, p. 3; Israel, ibid., pp. 5–7; Greece, ibid., pp. 9–10; Belgium, ibid., p. 10; Australia, ibid., pp. 12–13; Canada, A/C.6/8E.308, pp. 4–5; Sweden, ibid., pp. 10–11; South Africa, A/C.6/SR.309, p. 7.

63 These included those of India, U.N. Doc. A/C.6/SR.306, p. 5; U. S. A., A/C.6/SR.307, pp. 11–12; Syria, ibid., pp. 13–14; Poland, ibid., pp. 7–9; Iran, A/C.6/SE.308, p. 5; Pakistan, ibid., p. 3; Liberia, ibid., p. 11; U.S.S.R., ibid., pp. 8–10.

64 See amendments by Poland, U.N. Doe. A/C.6/L.237; by Egypt, A/C.6/L.235, and an oral amendment by Syria, A/C.6/L.244.

65 The amendment, U.N. Doc. A/C.6/L.242/Rev.1, was proposed by Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

66 This amendment was proposed by France, see U.N. Doc. A/C.6/L.244.

67 The text of the draft resolution adopted by the Sixth Committee may be found in U.N. Doc. A/C.6/L.246.

68 The resolution as finally adopted appeared in U.N. Doc. A/RESOLUTION/10. For proceedings in the plenary meeting, see A/P.Y./391, pp. 32–45. The vote on the resolution as a whole and as amended was 33 to 2, with 15 abstentions.

* This note was prepared in collaboration with Mr. Hsuan-Tsui Liu,Legal Counselor, Legal Department, United Nations Secretariat.

Methods and Procedtoes of the General Assembly for Dealing with Legal and Drafting Questions

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