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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
General Assembly
15 November 2012


General Assembly
GA/11313

              Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-seventh General Assembly
General Assembly Plenary
38th Meeting (AM)


‘WE HAVE ONLY OURSELVES TO BLAME' FOR LAGGING PROGRESS ON SECURITY COUNCIL REFORM,

GENERAL ASSEMBLY TOLD AS IT CONVENES DEBATE ON COUNCIL'S REPORT, WORKING METHODS


With Meaningful Negotiations Hobbled by Regional Rivalries, Hypocrisy,
Speakers Say Only Flexibility and Political Will Can Break 20-Year Deadlock


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Background

The General Assembly had before it the Secretary-General’s note (document A/67/300), which notified Member States of matters related to the maintenance of international peace and security that were being dealt with by the Security Council. Delegates were also to discuss the report on the work of the Security Council (document A/67/2) and address the question of equitable representation on that body and increase in its membership.

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Developments in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, as well as the ongoing effects of the Arab Spring, remained prominent on the Council’s agenda, the report says. ...

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Presentation of Report

Introducing the annual report of the Security Council (A/67/2), HARDEEP SINGH PURI ( India), the current Council President, said presentation of the annual survey was “more than a regular reporting exercise” pursuant to the United Nations Charter. Indeed, the report underscored the importance of the relationship of both principal organs of the Organization - the Council and the General Assembly - and provided an excellent opportunity to debate and exchange views with the general membership on the Council’s work.

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BASO SANGQU (South Africa) ...

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... In addition, the Council had not brought about any positive changes in the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis. South Africa was disappointed that the Council had not supported Palestine’s bid for membership. Indeed, the credibility of the Council would continue to be challenged if the human rights of the Palestinians and the people of the Western Sahara continued to be ignored as they had for decades. ...

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MASOOD KHAN ( Pakistan) ... In addition, he urged Council Members to ensure implementation of its resolutions relating to settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the blockade of Gaza.

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YUSRA KHAN (Indonesia), associating his statement with that made on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, ... Concerning the question of Palestine, he expressed hope that the matter would be dealt with equitably and a veto would not stop the Palestinian people from realizing their legitimate rights and aspirations. ...

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JULIO EXCALONA ( Venezuela) associating with the Non-Aligned Movement, said that the Council continued to adopt resolutions beyond the role given it by the Charter, thus violating the principles of democracy at the heart of the Organization. Further, some of the Council’s resolutions violated the sovereignty of States by imposing models of development and Government that had not been chosen by their peoples. In addition, the Council’s report did not treat the situations in the Palestinian Occupied Territory and Syria fairly. ...

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