70th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 50th Session - Part 1

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27-Nov-1995 01:31:42
Seven draft texts addressing humanitarian assistance issue introduced in General Assembly at the 70th plenary meeting of the 50th session.

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Six draft resolutions addressing specific international humanitarian assistance situations as well as a draft on the participation of volunteers, "White Helmets", in United Nations humanitarian and development activities, were introduced in the General Assembly this afternoon.

Among the measures proposed by the separate texts, the Assembly would:

-- Invite Member States, multilateral financial institutions and other concerned parties to support the ongoing efforts of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine to cope with the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster;

-- Emphasize the urgent need for all parties and factions in Liberia to respect the security and safety of all United Nations personnel, as well as non-governmental organizations and the Peace Monitoring Group, and to create an atmosphere conducive to the successful resolution of the conflict;

-- Request the Secretary-General and the United Nations system to mobilize resources to put the strategy contained in the Alliance for the Sustainable Development of Central America into effect;

-- Urge the Government of El Salvador to finish complying with the remaining commitments of the Peace Agreement and to continue to develop programmes and strategies designed to improve the lives of the most vulnerable sectors of the population;

-- Call upon the parties in Angola to fully and effectively implement the Peace Accords in order to bring peace and stability to the country, thus creating conditions conducive to its economic rehabilitation; and

-- Request the Secretary-General to increase the opportunity for States affected by the implementation of the Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) to participate actively in the post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation of the crisis-stricken areas of former Yugoslavia after the achievement of a peaceful, lasting and just political solution of the conflict.

By another text, the Assembly would encourage voluntary actions aimed at making national volunteer corps, such as "White Helmets", available to the United Nations on a stand-by basis.

During the debate, the representative of Norway stressed the need for coordination within countries that received different forms of humanitarian assistance. He also called for priorities to be set in consolidated appeals, efforts be intensified to broaden the donor base.

The representative of Ukraine proposed 26 April 1996 as the International Day of Memory of Chernobyl. Chernobyl did not belong to the past, he said. The problems it spawned would exist for years to come and still more resources and efforts would be required to overcome them. The matter affected not only the citizens of Ukraine, Belarus and the Russian Federation, but was of a global dimension.

The observer for Palestine said that as a result of agreements reached, today the world was witnessing the redeployment of the Israeli forces from Palestinian cities, towns and villages. But, he added that Israeli practices stemming from the occupation mentality persisted. He called on the international community to send a clear signal to the Israeli Government that it was in the interest of peace for it to end such practices. They served only to encourage the radical forces in the region and to undermine the goals of international assistance to the Palestinian people.

Other statements were made by the representatives of Angola, Sudan, Philippines (on behalf of the "Group of 77" developing countries and China), Canada, Australia and Spain (on behalf of the European Union). Drafts were introduced by the representatives of Argentina, Guatemala, Russian Federation, South Africa, El Salvador, Bulgaria and Portugal.

The Assembly will meet again at 10 a.m. tomorrow, 28 November, to continue its consideration of strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance and participation of volunteers, "White Helmets", in United Nations humanitarian relief and development activities.

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