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UNITED
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        General Assembly
A/66/PV.50
8 November 2011

Official Records

General Assembly
Sixty-sixth session

50th plenary meeting
Tuesday, 8 November 2011, 10 a.m.
New York

President: Mr. Al-Nasser ...............................................(Qatar)


The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.

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Mr. Moraes Cabral (Portugal), President of the Security Council: I would like, first of all, to congratulate you, Mr. President, on behalf of the members of the Security Council, on your election as President of the General Assembly.

It is an honour for me, as President of the Security Council for the month of November, to introduce the annual report of the Security Council (A/66/2). More than a regular reporting exercise pursuant to the United Nations Charter, I see this moment as one of the most important in the relationship of both principal organs of the United Nations and as an excellent opportunity to debate and exchange views with the general membership on the report on the work of the Council. I am therefore grateful to you, Mr. President, for having made it possible this year to devote an entire debate to the consideration of the Security Council’s annual report.

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The Council continued consideration of the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, on a monthly basis. ...

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Mr. Tag-Eldin (Egypt) (spoke in Arabic): ...

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With regard to the situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine, which continued to be considered on a monthly basis during the reporting period, the Non-Aligned Movement expresses its disappointment and frustration at the fact that the Security Council failed to successfully address this long-standing conflict and was not able at least to take meaningful action on the basis of the consensus and aspirations of the international community. In the same vein, the Movement regrets that the draft resolution submitted earlier this year in the Security Council calling for the immediate cessation of all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory was not adopted by the Council, as had been hoped for and expected.

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Mr. Valero Briceño (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) (spoke in Spanish): ...

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So long as it is the Security Council that defines threats to international peace and security and uses Chapter VII of the Charter arbitrarily, we will continue to see an increasingly insecure world. We believe that General Assembly resolutions should be binding, that every country should be obliged to comply with them and that this organ should exercise full responsibility in matters of international peace and security. The Security Council must not continue to tailor its efforts to suit certain members so that they can carry out their ambitions to develop their expansionist interests in the countries of the South — Syria, Libya, Iran, Côte d’Ivoire, the Sudan and Yemen being just a few examples. Meanwhile, what has the Council done to stop the atrocities that Israel perpetrates on the Palestinian people?

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Mr. Jerandi (Tunisia): ...

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Many of us would recognize that the Council has shown great effectiveness regarding, for example, African issues and conflicts, but it has remained paralyzed by an array of mutually exclusive interests that have made the Arab-Israeli conflict a permanent, unsolved issue on its agenda. It remains a source of great frustration and disappointment for the whole region that the Council has been unable to overcome its internal differences and restricted interests to increase its involvement in this issue and bring the required and very much needed boost to the whole peace process.

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Mr. Wenaweser (Liechtenstein): ...

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... We also deplore the use of the veto in connection with a resolution on Israeli settlement policy, which ran clearly counter to the stated views of a vast majority of the United Nations membership.



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