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43rd plenary meeting
Thursday, 12 November 2009, 10 a.m.
The meeting was called to order at 10.25 a.m.
Agenda items 9 and 119
Report of the Security Council (A/64/2)
Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters
Mr. Mayr-Harting (Austria): On behalf of all members of the Security Council, I would like to congratulate you, Sir, on your election as President of the General Assembly at its sixty-fourth session. I am confident that, under your leadership, cooperation between the General Assembly and the Security Council can be further enhanced and strengthened.
In my capacity as President of the Security Council for the month of November, it is my honour to introduce the annual report of the Council to the General Assembly as contained in document A/64/2. The report covers the period from 1 August 2008 to 31 July 2009.
The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, received close attention by the Council. The Council remained engaged with the situation and held urgent meetings, particularly with regard to the situation in Gaza during the latter part of 2008 and early 2009. It also held debates and open debates, including four at the ministerial level. The Security Council adopted two resolutions, one focusing on support to the overall peace process and the parties’ agreed principles for bilateral negotiations, and the other calling, inter alia, for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza and the unimpeded provision and distribution of humanitarian assistance throughout Gaza. In a presidential statement, the President of the Council for the month of May reiterated the Council members’ call for a just, comprehensive and lasting solution. The situation in Lebanon was also addressed regularly.
Mr. Hackett (Barbados): ...
The work of the Council over the past year covered virtually all regions of the world, although the principal focus continued to be on Africa. CARICOM would like to thank the members of the Council for their efforts in seeking to bring peace and stability to the various conflicts around the world. We regret the fact, however, that the Council, despite paying close attention to the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, was not able to reach the unanimity needed for it to take any action on this issue during the reporting period. CARICOM hopes that the Council will be able to intensify its engagement with the issue in the future, for the people of that region of the world deserve sustainable peace and security after experiencing so many years of conflict.
Mr. Benmehidi (Algeria) (spoke in French ): ...
My delegation has already stated that this report of more than 200 pages is narrative and factual, at the expense of being more analytical and critical, which allow greater visibility of what is at stake with regard to the Council’s activities. In particular, the report does not indicate those cases where the Council failed to reach a decision on a specific issue and the reasons behind the apparent absence of an adequate majority or some other reasons. In that context, the report does not explain why the Security Council was not in a position to react promptly to Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip and had to wait a long time, while Israel continued its aggression and the Israeli army committed crimes in Palestinian territory over three long weeks, before Security Council resolution 1860 (2009) was adopted.
The adoption by the General Assembly of resolution 64/10 on 5 November, in which the Assembly, inter alia, requested the Secretary-General to transmit the report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict to the Security Council, provided an opportunity from that time on for the Council to assume its responsibilities. As the main organ with the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, the Council must provide the necessary answers following the violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law perpetrated by Israel and confirmed by the Goldstone report (A/HRC/12/48).
The meeting rose at 1.15 p.m.
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