41st Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 51st Session - Part 2

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25-Oct-1996 01:33:47
General Assembly endorses continued international assistance for reconstruction, development activities in Nicaragua at the 41st plenary of the 51st session.

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Cooperation Agreement Between United Nations, Inter-Parliamentary Union Is Welcomed; Consideration of Falkland (Malvinas) Issues Further Postponed

The General Assembly this morning requested the Secretary-General, in cooperation with the relevant United Nations bodies and the Nicaraguan authorities, to continue to provide, within existing resources, assistance to reconstruction, stabilization and development activities in Nicaragua.

The Assembly took that action by adopting, without a vote, a resolution by which it also requested that the Secretary-General support, in particular, efforts of the Nicaraguan authorities to alleviate poverty, support economic and social development and to solve property problems.

The representative of Nicaragua, introducing the draft resolution, said that international assistance had helped his country recover from damage caused by a decade of armed conflict. In turn, the consolidation of peace and democracy in Nicaragua had fostered peace and the rule of law in Central America. Nonetheless, Nicaragua continued to need the support of the United Nations and the international community as it worked to solve serious social problems.

The representative of Mexico said that the stability of Nicaragua continued to depend on foreign assistance, as many difficulties remained in that country. The representative of Spain, agreeing that serious challenges still confronted Nicaragua, said political and economic achievements must be translated into an improved living standard for its people.

Statements on Nicaragua were also made by the representatives for Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, and El Salvador who spoke on behalf of the Central American countries.

By a second resolution adopted this morning without a vote, the Assembly expressed its view that the recent completion of the cooperation agreement between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union was an important step towards strengthening collaboration between the two bodies.

The cooperation agreement, signed in July, formalized the cooperative relationship between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, facilitating mutually complementary activities and the initiation of joint projects. Under the agreement, the United Nations recognized the role of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in promoting peace and international cooperation and, for its part, the Union recognized the distinct responsibilities of the United Nations and pledged its support for the Organization's goals.

The representative for the Republic of Korea said the institutionalization of the partnership between the United Nations and the Union would encourage national parliaments to support the activities of the United Nations. Such support was vital, he said, as United Nations initiatives would be effective only with the concerted cooperation of national parliamentarians.

A member of Singapore's parliament told the Assembly that the Inter- Parliamentary Union would bring the voice of the people to the international community and communicate the voice of the inter-governmental community to the grassroots level. Introducing the draft resolution, the representative for Egypt said agreement between the United Nations and the Union opened the door to effective cooperation which could foster the lofty objectives of both organizations.

Parliamentarians from India, the Russian Federation, Pakistan and the Sudan also spoke, as did representatives for Uruguay, Andorra, China, Tunisia, Colombia, Chile, Italy and Spain.

Also this morning, again acting without a vote, the Assembly decided to defer its consideration of agenda item entitled "Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas)", until its fifty-first session. The proposal to that effect, which was accepted by the Assembly without a vote, was made by the Acting President of the Assembly Afonso Van-Dunem "Mbinda" (Angola). Before that action, the representative for Swaziland made a brief statement.

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