45th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 50th Session

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31-Oct-1995 01:15:37
General Assembly extends mandate of El Salvador Mission, elects seven members to programme and coordination committee at 45th meeting.

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The General Assembly this morning extended the mandate of the Mission of the United Nations in El Salvador (MINUSAL) until 30 April 1996, with a gradual reduction of its strength and cost in a manner compatible with the efficient performance of its functions.

The mandate was extended by means of a resolution adopted without a vote. By that text, Member States and international institutions were called upon to continue to provide assistance to the Government and people of El Salvador and to lend support to the Mission's efforts. The Assembly recognized the political commitment of the parties to the Chapultepec peace agreements to continue to work together for their implementation, and welcomed the continued commitment of the Government and people of El Salvador to consolidating the peace.

The representative of Spain, speaking on behalf of the European Union, said the European Union supported the presence of MINUSAL and agreed with the proposal of the Secretary-General included in the draft resolution to extend MINUSAL for six months with a gradual reduction of its strength and cost. Swifter progress was needed in implementing the peace accords to avoid undermining the peace process. He stressed the importance of carrying out judicial reform.

Welcoming adoption of the resolution, the representative of El Salvador said progress was being made on establishing the national civil police and on the programmes of land transfer and reintegration of the former combatants of both parties into the civil and institutional life of the country. Those actions demonstrated the commitment of the Government of El Salvador to comply with the peace agreements. It showed that the international community would continue to support the Government of El Salvador.

The resolution was introduced by the representative of Mexico.

Also this morning, the Assembly continued its commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the International Youth Year, hearing statements by the representatives of Greece, Australia, South Africa, Andorra, United Arab Emirates and Suriname.

In another action, the Assembly elected the following to serve on the Committee for Programme and Coordination for three-year terms beginning on 1 January 1996: China, Egypt, Japan, Republic of Korea, Togo, Uruguay and Zaire.

The Assembly also decided to postpone consideration of the question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and to include it on the agenda of its next session.

The General Assembly will meet again at 10 a.m. tomorrow, 1 November, to take up the report of the Second Committee, containing a draft resolution on the World Food Programme; the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and a draft resolution on that subject; and a draft resolution on multilingualism, as well as related amendments.

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