60th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 50th Session - Part 2

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15-Nov-1995 01:20:46
Assembly urges intensified UN support for activities of Latin American Economic System at the 60th plenary meeting of the 50th session.

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The General Assembly urged the United Nations system to intensify support for the activities of the Latin American Economic System, by the terms of a resolution adopted without a vote this morning. In particular, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were urged to expand and deepen their activities with the regional System.

Speaking in support of the resolution, the representative of Costa Rica said the cooperation between the United Nations and the Latin American system should be even more extensive, with the United Nations doubling or even quadrupling its human and financial efforts. He understood that other regions had the same wish regarding assistance to them, and in the face of a rapidly changing world, there was an increasing need for cooperation between the United Nations system and regional and subregional bodies. Such claims and demands must continue to be heard, lest the United Nations lose its raison d'etre.

The resolution was introduced by the representative of Peru, and statements on cooperation with the Latin American Economic System were made by representatives of Panama, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil.

The Assembly also heard from the final 13 speakers on the question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council. Speakers again focused on such issues as permanent membership for Japan and Germany, how to provide equitable geographic representation, and limiting the veto power.

The representative of Belarus said that new and current permanent members should bear a special political and financial responsibility for development as well as for maintaining international peace and security and that nomination for non-permanent seats should be based on interregional rotation and equitable geographic distribution.

Concerning criteria for the selection of new permanent members, the representative of Viet Nam said it was necessary to take into account contributions to the United Nations system, population, and potential for playing a regional and global role.

The representative of Peru said the strengthening of the Council would not be achieved solely through the expansion of its membership, but through the nature of the decisions it adopted and the extent to which those conformed with law rather than with particular national interests.

Statements on the membership of the Security Council were also made by representatives of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Latvia, Russian Federation, United Republic of Tanzania, Namibia, Ethiopia, Cyprus, Botswana, Burundi and Bangladesh.

The representative of Egypt introduced a draft resolution on cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The representative of India said that the United Nations was the representative body of the executive wing of the governments of the States of the world, and the Inter-Parliamentary Union was the representative body of the legislative wing; thus there should be close cooperation between them.

The General Assembly will meet again at 3 p.m. today to continue consideration of the question of cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

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