Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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03-Mar-1997 00:14:59
Briefing by Fred Eckhard, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Security Council is continuing its debate on the situation in the occupied Arab territories.

Secretary-General is meeting with Mohamed Sahnoun, the United Nations/Organization of African Unity (OAU) Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region.

Following informal consultations of the Security Council Committee established by resolution 661 (1990) which is monitoring the sanctions against Iraq, and following the "no objection" procedure, the Committee late yesterday approved the points of understanding relating to the implementation of Security Council resolution 986 (1995), the "oil-for-food" plan.

As part of a week of events commemorating International Women's Day, the Secretary-General would address a panel discussion on affirmative action for women.

Last December, the General Assembly had reaffirmed the goal of a 50-50 gender distribution in the United Nations by the year 2000, while expressing concern that the goal might not be met, Mr. Eckhard said. Statistics showed that there continue to be an increase in the number of women in all areas. However, in some areas the representation was still very low, and the target of achieving gender equality by the year 2000 remained a problem.


Secretary-General had learned with regret of the death yesterday of Cheddi Jagan, President of Guyana, Mr. Eckhard said. "President Jagan was a towering figure in the history of decolonization", he added.

Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), James Gustave Speth, would be present at the noon briefing tomorrow, Mr. Eckhard said. He would be reporting on accountability issues.

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