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        General Assembly
17 October 2000

Official Records

General Assembly
Fifty-fifth session
35th plenary meeting
Tuesday, 17 October 2000, 3 p.m.
New York

President: Mr. Holkeri......................(Finland)

The meeting was called to order at 3 p.m.

Agenda item 11

Report of the Security Council (A/55/2)


Mr. Fonseca (Brazil): I thank Ambassador Martin Andjaba for his presentation of the Security Council report for the period June 1999 to June 2000. I take this opportunity also to congratulate the newly elected members of the Council: Colombia, Singapore, Ireland, Norway and Mauritius.


The Middle East, especially after the events of recent weeks, is a source of grave concern. We welcome the adoption of resolution 1322 (2000) and stress the need for the Council to respond to possible outbreaks of violence in the region. Brazil also reaffirms that resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) must be the bases of a just and lasting solution to the Arab and Israeli conflict.


I would like to say a few final words about the Middle East situation and where that question stands in the Council. The Middle East problem is closely linked to international peace and security and has resulted in more than one war. Although the problem has been on the international scene since 1948, it is not on the agenda of the Council. The recent tragic events in the region, which have led to over 100 Palestinian deaths as a result of an Israeli act of provocation, should make us realize the importance of this question. It is high time for the Security Council once again to take up this issue that was the subject of much discussion by the Council in the past and led to the adoption of a number of resolutions. Of particular importance are resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), whose implementation has been pending for quite some time.

Mr. Nguyen Thanh Chau (Viet Nam): …


We welcome the prompt actions of the Security Council during the period in resolving crises in many regions throughout the world. In that regard, we wish the Security Council would apply the same approach to the current Middle East crisis. We earnestly hope that a solution will be found to the crisis and that the peace process will be put back on track.


The meeting rose at 6.45 p.m.

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