Measures for the peaceful solution of the problem of prisoners of war

VIII. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE THIRD COMMITTEE
741. Measures for the peaceful solution of the problem of prisoners of war

The General Assembly, Recalling its resolution 427 (V) of 14 December 1950 on measures for the peaceful solution of the problem of prisoners of war, Reaffirming its belief that all prisoners having originally come within the control of the Allied Powers as a consequence of the Second World War should either have been repatriated long since or have been otherwise accounted for as required both by recognized standards of international conduct and the Geneva Convention [1] of 1949 relative to the treatment of prisoners of war, and by specific agreements between the Allied Powers, Having examined the progress report [2] to the Secretary-General on the work of the Ad Hoc Commission on Prisoners of War,

1. Notes with satisfaction that some progress has taken place in the repatriation of prisoners of war in the course of the last two years, and expresses the hope that those governments and Red Cross Societies which have contributed to that progress will continue their efforts;

2. Reiterates its grave and continuing concern at the evidence that large numbers of prisoners taken in the course of the Second World War have not yet been repatriated or otherwise accounted for;

3. Urgently appeals to all governments and authorities which continue to hold prisoners of the Second World War to act in conformity with the recognized standards of international conduct and with the above-mentioned international agreements and the Geneva Convention of 1949 which require that, upon the cessation of active hostilities, all prisoners should, with the least possible delay, be given an unrestricted opportunity of repatriation;

4. Expresses its sincere appreciation to the Ad Hoc Commission on Prisoners of War for its efforts to assist in a solution of the problem of prisoners of war; and requests the Commission to continue its efforts to assist in a solution of the problem of prisoners of war under the terms of reference contained in General Assembly resolution 427 (V) of 14 December 1950;

5. Notes with satisfaction that a large amount of valuable information was made available to the Ad Hoc Commission concerning prisoners of war; but notes with concern that certain governments and authorities mentioned in the report of the Commission have so far refused to co-operate with the Commission, which refusal represents the main obstacle by which the best efforts of the Commission have been frustrated;

6. Urgently appeals to all governments and authorities which have not already done so to give their full co-operation to the Ad Hoc Commission to supply the information requested by it on all prisoners of the Second World War who are still under their control and on such prisoners who have died while under their control; and to grant the Commission access to areas in which such prisoners are detained;

7. Requests the Secretary-General to continue to furnish the Ad Hoc Commission with the staff and facilities necessary for the effective accomplishment of its task;

8. Requests the Ad Hoc Commission to report as soon as practicable the results of its further work and possible suggestions to the Secretary-General for transmission to the Members of the United Nations.

468th plenary meeting,
7 December 1953.


[1] See Treaty Series, Treaties and international agreements registered or filed and recorded with the Secretariat of the United Nations, Volume 75, 1950, No. 972, page 135. [2] Sec document A/2482.
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