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12 December 2006
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Sixty-first General Assembly
Meetings (AM & PM)
GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT NOTES PERSISTENT DIVION ON PATH TO CHANGE
AS DELEGATES CONCLUDE DEBATE ON SECURITY COUNCIL REFORM
Summarizing Outcome of Discussion, She Outlines 3 Options on Way Forward
The General Assembly met today to continue its joint debate on the Security Council’s annual report and on Council reform. (For background information, see Press Release
of 11 December.)
HAMIDON ALI (
He stressed that the Council would need to improve its own credibility by enforcing its authority. Though it was continuously seized of matters in the Middle East and the question of Palestine, the violence there continued unabated. In light of that, the Council must resist attempts by any party to manipulate and prevent it from acting to end conflicts and restore peace.
YOUCEF YOUSFI (
With that in mind, he said the repeated use of the veto to prevent action in the Council, particularly in situations involving the Palestinian people, was a clear example of the Council flouting the will of the very people on whose behalf it was supposed to act. ...
DUMISANI S. KUMALO (
) said there was little new in the Council’s report on its work for the year. Indeed, the Council continued to provide a mere factual account of its activities, despite calls for an analytical report. While South Africa was pleased with the Council’s work in resolving African conflicts, it remained concerned that, for more than 50 years, it had been unable to bring about positive change in the situation between Israel and Palestine. South Africa called on the Council for decisive action in ending that conflict.
South Africa was also perturbed that it had taken the Council more than a month to address Israel’s military incursion into Gaza in July, he said. With that in mind, South Africa called on the Council to overcome division and transcend national interests so as to speak with one voice on important issues, lest its repeated moments of indecision further erode its credibility. ...
IBRAHIM DABBASHI (
), aligning himself with the Non-Aligned Movement and the African Group, ...
The Council had sometimes interfered in the internal affairs of countries or provoked Member States, he said. It had stood by, powerless, as Israel killed innocent Lebanese by bringing their roofs down on their heads. Massacres committed against the Palestinian people and crimes of occupation had been excused under the pretext of self-defence. All that was the result of the monopoly exercised by one permanent member and its use of the veto. A Council with a budget provided by a handful of States and that tolerated abuse of the veto was not necessary. The organ must end its double standards and adopt resolutions that were fair, impartial and reflective of the collective will.
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