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        General Assembly
18 October 2000

Official Records

General Assembly
Fifty-fifth session
36th plenary meeting
Wednesday, 18 October 2000, 10 a.m.
New York

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

The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m.

Agenda item 11
Report of the Security Council (A/55/2)


Mr. Enkhsaikhan (Mongolia): My delegation would like to join the preceding speakers in thanking the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Andjaba of Namibia, for his lucid introduction of the Council’s annual report to this Assembly.


Speaking of the proposals made in the past in the General Assembly on enhancing the effectiveness of the Council, my delegation wonders if or in what setting or format the Council considers them and whether this Assembly could have some feedback on the multitude of proposals made so far. As is evident from the report, the Council has constantly been seized with many crisis situations that have called for prompt attention and action. We welcome the Council’s responses to these situations. However, some crisis situations, such as we are witnessing now in the Middle East, are not on its immediate agenda, which raises questions about selectivity of approaches to some difficult crisis situations.


Mr. Alimov (Tajikistan) (spoke in Russian): First of all, I should like to associate myself with previous speakers in thanking the President of the Security Council, the Permanent Representative of Namibia, Ambassador Martin Andjaba, for his introduction of the report of the Security Council. We attach the greatest importance to consideration of this question, as the Security Council, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, has the major responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.


The situation in the Balkans, Abkhazia, Georgia, the Middle East, East Timor and Cyprus, on the African continent, and in Afghanistan are only some of the urgent issues on today’s political map that remain the focus of the Council’s attention.


Mr. Kumalo (South Africa): It is an honour for me to address the Members of this Organization on the annual report of the Security Council. It is a particular privilege to thank the President of the Security Council, my friend and colleague, Ambassador Martin Andjaba of Namibia, for introducing it.


In the Middle East, the Security Council has a responsibility, not only in terms of its own resolutions but also in terms of observing international instruments, such as the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949. The Non-Aligned Movement summit held in Durban in 1998 reiterated that the observance of these international instruments would relieve the suffering and provide protection to all victims. Surely the Security Council cannot ignore the call, in article 1 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, “to respect and to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances”.

The meeting rose at 1.20 p.m.

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