3670th Meeting of Security Council: UNPREDEP

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30-May-1996 01:13:51
Security Council extends until 30 November mandate of preventive force in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at the 3670th meeting.

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Resolution 1058 (1996) Adopted By 14-0-1; Russian Federation Abstains.

The Security Council this afternoon extended the mandate of the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP) for a six-month period, until 30 November, and called upon States to consider favourably requests by the Secretary-General for assistance to the Force in the performance of its mandate.

Through its adoption of resolution 1058 (1996) by 14 votes in favour to none against, with 1 abstention (Russian Federation), the Council also asked the Secretary-General to review the composition, strength and mandate of the Force, and to report to it by 30 September.

Speaking before the vote, the representative of the Russian Federation said it was time to consider reconfiguring the mission, in view of the improved situation in the region. While there was no question of winding up the operation, his country felt a four-month extension would have been more appropriate under the current circumstances.

The first speaker this afternoon was the representative of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He expressed appreciation for the presence of the Force in his country and said its mandate should not be restructured. The threats to his country had not yet been overcome, and such issues as border demarcation remained. The UNPREDEP had helped preserve peace and security in a volatile area and thus contributed to world peace.

Statements were also made by the representatives of Italy (for the European Union and associated States), Germany, United Kingdom, Chile, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Botswana, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Egypt, Poland, France, United States and China.

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