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UNITED
NATIONS
S

        Security Council
S/PV.4046
16 September 1999

Security Council
4046th meeting

Fifty-fourth year
16 September 1999


This record contains the original text of speeches delivered in English and interpretations of speeches delivered in the other languages. The final text will be printed in the Official Records of the Security Council. Corrections should be submitted to original speeches only. They should be incorporated in a copy of the record and be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned, within one week of the date of publication, to the Chief of the Verbatim Reporting Service, room C-178.

President:

Members:
Mr. van Walsum

Argentina
Bahrain
Brazil
Canada
China
France
Gabon
Gambia
Malaysia
Namibia
Russian Federation
Slovenia
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
(Netherlands)

Mrs. Martínez Ríos
Mr. Buallay
Mr. Fonseca
Mr. Fowler
Mr. Chen Xu
Mr. Dejammet
Mr. Essonghé
Mr. Jagne
Mr. Hasmy
Mr. Andjaba
Mr. Lavrov
Mr. Türk
Sir Jeremy Greenstock
Mr. Holbrooke
Agenda

Protection of civilians in armed conflict

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the protection of civilians in armed
conflict (S/1999/957)

The meeting was called to order at 11.35 a.m.

Welcome to the Deputy Foreign Minister for Humanitarian Affairs of Argentina

The President: At the outset, I should like to acknowledge and welcome the presence of the Deputy Foreign Minister for Humanitarian Affairs of Argentina, Her Excellency Ms. Alicia Martínez Ríos.

Adoption of the agenda

The agenda was adopted.

Protection of civilians in armed conflict

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict (S/1999/957)

The President: I should like to inform the Council that I have received letters from the representatives of Botswana, Egypt, Finland, India, Iraq, Japan, Mongolia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Slovakia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia and Ukraine, in which they request to be invited to participate in the discussion of the item on the Council's agenda. In conformity with the usual practice, I propose, with the consent of the Council, to invite those representatives to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council's provisional rules of procedure.

There being no objection, it is so decided.

At the invitation of the President, Mr. Legwaila (Botswana), Mr. Aboul Gheit (Egypt), Ms. Korpi (Finland), Mr. Sharma (India), Mr. Hasan (Iraq), Mr. Takasu (Japan), Mr. Enkhsaikhan (Mongolia), Mr. Kolby (Norway), Mr. Lee See-Young (Republic of Korea), Mr. Mutaboba (Rwanda), Mr. Tomka (Slovakia), Mr. Kumalo (South Africa), Mr. Calovski (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Mr. Hachani (Tunisia) and Mr. Yel'chenko (Ukraine) took the seats reserved for them at the side of the Council Chamber.

The President: I should like to inform the Council that I have received a letter dated 10 September 1999 from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, which has been issued as document S/1999/980, and which reads as follows:

I have the honour to request that, in accordance with its previous practice, the Security Council invite Ambassador Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, to participate in the upcoming meetings of the Security Council, beginning on Thursday, 16 September 1999, regarding civilians in armed conflict.

I propose, with the consent of the Council, to invite the Permanent Observer of Palestine to participate in the current debate in accordance with the rules of procedure and the previous practice in this regard.

There being no objection, it is so decided.

At the invitation of the President, Mr. Al-Kidwa (Palestine), took the seat reserved for him at the side of the Council Chamber.
...

In conclusion, let me say that my delegation has no objection to supporting the draft resolution before us.

The President: I should like to draw the attention of the Council to document S/1999/981, which contains the text of a draft resolution prepared in the course of the Council's prior consultations and which is now before the Council.

There is still a large number of speakers remaining on my list for this meeting. But, in view of the adverse weather conditions, I shall now suspend the meeting until 10 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, 17 September 1999.

The meeting was suspended at 2.05 p.m.















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