The secretary-general's report was prepared in keeping with UN General Assembly Resolution ES-10/13 of 21 October 2003, which ““demand[ed] that Israel stop and reverse the construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, which is in departure of the Armistice Line of 1949 and is in contradiction to relevant provisions of international law.”” The resolution had also called upon the secretary-general to report periodically on Israel's compliance with the demand of the resolution, which was approved by 144 member states (including all members of the European Union), with four votes against (Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and the United States) and twelve abstentions. The secretary-general's report covers the background, description, construction progress, and impact of the wall. Reproduced below are the secretary-general's concluding ““observations”” and the summary of Israel's legal position. The document is available on the International Court of Justice Web site at www.icj-cij.org.

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