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GA/10084
16 October 2002

Fifty-seventh General Assembly
Plenary
32nd Meeting (PM)

DELEGATES CONCERNED AT REPORTED DIVISION BETWEEN PERMANENT
AND ELECTED SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, AS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
CONCLUDES DEBATE ON REFORM


As the General Assembly concluded its joint debate on Security Council reform this afternoon, delegates expressed concern over reported division in Council discussions along lines of permanent and non-permanent membership and highlighted the importance of elected members as representatives of the wider United Nations membership.

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Statements

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ABDULAZIZ NASSER AL-SHAMSI (United Arab Emirates) ...

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He was greatly disappointed with the Council’s failure to guarantee the implementation of its resolutions, particularly those related to the Middle East and Palestine.  He demanded that the Council carry out its responsibilities and use its authority to ensure full implementation of its resolutions.

PUREVJAV GANSUKH (Mongolia), ...

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Although the situation in the Middle East continued to deteriorate, the foundation for regional peace had been laid, he said.  Likewise, in Africa, the fragile peace in many parts of the continent was being reinforced by signs of national reconciliation and the political will to achieve the peaceful settlement of disputes.  While the Council grappled with those issues, it was still possible for it to improve its working methods significantly, he added.

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PHILOMENA MURNAGHAN (Ireland) ...

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She said the Security Council had had an active year since its last report, and good progress has been made in many conflict regions, but daunting challenges remained.  While Ireland particularly welcomed the way the Council had addressed the situation in the Middle East, the Council had rightly been faulted for its lack of transparency.  ...

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