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Resolution 59

The Palestine Question


59 (1948). Resolution of 19 October 1948
[S/1045] The Security Council,
Having in mind the report of the Acting Mediator concerning the assassination on 17 September 1948 of the
United Nations Mediator, Count Folke Berna-dotte, and United Nations observer Colonel Andre Serot, the report
of the Acting Mediator concerning difficulties encountered in the supervision of the truce, and the report of
the Truce Commission for Palestine concerning the situation in Jerusalem,
1. Notes with concern that the Provisional Government of Israel has to date submitted no report to the Security
Council or to the Acting Mediator regarding the progress of the investigation into the assassinations;
2. Requests that Government to submit to the Security Council at an early date an account of the progress made
in the investigation and to indicate therein the measures taken with regard to negligence on the part of
officials or other factors affecting the crime;
3. Reminds the Governments and authorities concerned that all the obligations and responsibilities of
the parties set forth in its resolutions 54 (1948) of 15 July and 56 (1948) of 19 August 1948 are to be
discharged fully and in good faith;
4. Reminds the Acting Mediator of the desirability of an equitable distribution of the United Nations observers
for the purpose of observing the truce on the territories of both parties;
5. Determines, pursuant to its resolutions 54 (1948) and 56 (1948), that the Governments and authorities have
the duty:
(a) To allow duly accredited United Nations observers and other truce supervision personnel bearing proper
credentials, on official notification, ready access to all places where their duties require them to go
including airfields, ports, truce lines and strategic points and areas;
(b) To facilitate the freedom of movement of truce supervision personnel and transport by simplifying procedures
on United Nations aircraft now in effect, and by assurance of safe-conduct for all United Nations aircraft and
other means of transport;
(c) To co-operate fully with the truce supervision personnel in their conduct of investigations into incidents
involving alleged breaches of the truce, including the making available of witnesses, testimony and other
evidence on request;
(d) To implement fully by appropriate and prompt instructions to the commanders in the field all agreements
entered into through the good offices of the Mediator or his representatives;
(e) To take all reasonable measures to ensure the safety and safe-conduct of the truce supervision personnel
and the representatives of the Mediator, their aircraft and vehicles, while in territory under their control;
(f) To make every effort to apprehend and promptly punish any and all persons within their jurisdictions guilty
of any assault upon or other aggressive act against the truce supervision personnel or the representatives of
the Mediator.

Adopted at the 367th meeting.

Israel, Middle East, Palestine, Terrorism, Jerusalem
The Palestine Question
Related with resolutions
54 56
Security Council Composition