60th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 51st Session - Part 2

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19-Nov-1996 00:46:56
Assembly endorses intensified cooperation between United Nations, Arab League; need to promore, peace, economic development stressed at 60th plenary meeting of the 51st session.

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Central American Situation Also Reviewed; General Acclaim For Political Progress, Social Improvements Now Main Priority.

The General Assembly this afternoon adopted without a vote a resolution on intensified cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States.

Introducing the draft, the representative of Syria expressed the League's desire for a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East. For this to work, however, there had to be a balanced peace formula. The observer for the League of Arab States paid tribute to the continuing consultations and contacts between the United Nations and the League of Arab organizations at all levels. Efforts to resolve the question of Palestine were at the head of the concerns of the League.

The representative of Israel said he joined the consensus in favour of the resolution because of his country's desire to make peace with its neighbours, all of whom were members of the League of Arab States. Just as Israel was committed to peace, it was equally committed to regional economic cooperation. Also this afternoon the Assembly begin its review of the situation in Central America. Introducing a draft resolution, the representative of Costa Rica said the region was a successful model of settlement of conflicts and the re-establishment of peace. The success of the Central American peace process was an achievement of the international community and of United Nations.

Member States praised the progress made towards peace and stability in Central America and underlined the importance of economic and social development to maintain the process. The representative of Colombia said that the progress by the region in leaving behind its violent past could only be described as "spectacular". The representative of Venezuela said that the region had demonstrated that peaceful negotiations were the most appropriate way to solve conflicts. Japan and Norway described their assistance programmes supporting Central American development.

Statements on the situation in Central America were also made by Argentina, Brazil, Belize, Chile, Canada, Mexico, Ireland on behalf of the European Union, United States and Uruguay. Action on the draft resolution was deferred to a later date, to be announced.

The Assembly this afternoon also completed its debate on the report of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991, with statements from the representatives of the Russian Federation, Venezuela and Pakistan.

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