Security Council holds first-ever private meeting with troop-contributing nations
The Security Council today held a private meeting with the countries contributing troops to the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), according to a UN spokesman.
The spokesman said it was the first time the Council had held a formal meeting with troop-contributing nations. Until now, Council members met in a more informal setting with Member States contributing military contingents to UN peacekeeping operations.
This change comes as a result of Security Council resolution 1353, adopted on 13 June, under which the Council may hold private meetings with troop-contributing countries "to ensure a full and high-level consideration of issues of critical importance to a specific peacekeeping operation."