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17 November 2000
th plenary meeting
Friday, 17 November 2000, 10 a.m.
The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m.
Agenda item 59
Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters
Without the necessary reform, the Council will remain an anachronistic institution that reflects the outdated realities and power equations of the immediate post-Second-World-War period. The existence of the veto has rendered the Council an organ with undemocratic decision-making. It cannot be denied that much of the impasse and paralysis of the Council has to do with this aspect of the decision-making process. The veto was at the core of the inaction of the Council in the face of the Bosnia massacre, the Great Lakes region genocide, the Kosovo tragedy and the five decades of the Middle East conflict. The clear threat of the veto by one permanent member has so far prevented the Council from taking effective and responsible action to address the ongoing grave situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem.
The meeting rose at 12.55 p.m