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43rd plenary meeting
Thursday, 12 November 2009, 3 p.m.
Mr. Sial (Pakistan): ...
Our brief review of the work of the Security Council will focus on two dimensions: first, its effectiveness in maintaining international peace and security, and secondly, its ability to reflect the views and interests of the widest possible membership. In terms of the Council’s effectiveness, the annual report details significant achievements in addressing the areas of violent conflict and peacekeeping. Peacekeeping has been utilized to good effect in several complex crises in Africa. Elsewhere, in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, peacekeeping activities have accomplished the significant task of disengaging parties to violent conflict. In the areas of civilian support programmes and peacebuilding, important accomplishments can also be noted. The Council deserves our appreciation for its invaluable work in those areas.
The Council, however, needs to recalibrate its efforts in conflict prevention and relapse, particularly in the context of the resolution of outstanding disputes between Member States. Major unresolved issues, including in our own region, remain asleep on the agenda of the Security Council. Even in the case of some important issues on the active agenda, particularly the Middle East, the Council seems to have abdicated its role. The Council needs to address that perception.
Mr. Sangqu (South Africa): ...
We unfortunately continue to lament the fact that the Security Council has not been successful in resolving some conflict situations and has failed dismally to intervene in others. The most serious threat to the Council’s credibility remains its inability to resolve protracted conflicts such as those in the Middle East and in Western Sahara. It is our hope that the Council will stem the erosion of its credibility by transcending its divisions and the national interests of its members and by uniformly discharging its Charter-based mandate to maintain international peace and security.
Mr. Jomaa (Tunisia) (spoke in French ): ...
We acknowledge the considerable amount of work accomplished by the Security Council during the period covered by the report and particularly regarding hotbeds of tension in Africa and other parts of the world. We also take note of visits to the field by Council members in order to better grasp the situations affecting international peace and security and requiring urgent action by the Council. The report shows that the Council has made determined efforts to tackle a large number of conflicts around the world. This naturally enhances its authority and role in maintaining international peace and security.
I would, however, point out that the Council’s efforts are far below what we hoped for in the Middle East. Frustration over the Council’s inability to become more involved in settling the Palestinian question and in shouldering its responsibilities in this area poses a serious threat to the region and to the au I would, however, point out that the Council’s efforts are far below what we hoped for in the Middle East. Frustration over the Council’s inability to become more involved in settling the Palestinian question and in shouldering its responsibilities in this area poses a serious threat to the region and to the authority of the Council itself. We believe strongly that there is still much to be done to get the Council to function in a more transparent manner, ensure access to information for all delegations, particularly those with items on the Council’s agenda.
Mrs. Waffa-Ogoo (Gambia): ...
My delegation is aware of the fact that the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, is a perennial item on the agenda of the Council. We appreciate the attention that this item receives from Council members every month. What is worrying, however, is that despite all the attention given to that item over many decades, the conflict in the Middle East continues to defy solution. For the Palestinians, the unending settlement activity by Israel and the attendant land grabbing through fencing constitutes the greatest threat to the viability of a two-State solution. What is equally worrying is the Council’s failure to insist on respect for its numerous resolutions on the situation. We urge the Council, therefore, to see to the implementation of its longstanding resolutions on the Palestinian question.
The meeting rose at 6.15 p.m.
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