Security Council endorses proposals by its recent missions to Africa

25 July 2003

The United Nations Security Council today endorsed recommendations made by its recent missions to Central and West Africa, and emphasized the importance of a sub-regional approach to issues such as small arms, mercenaries, child soldiers and humanitarian access.

The Council sent a delegation to seven countries in West Africa and another to six Central African nations as part of its effort to promote peace and stability, as well as to heighten visibility of situations badly in need of international attention. The delegates visited Central Africa from 7 to 16 June and West Africa from 26 June to 5 July.

In a statement delivered by the Council’s President for July, Ambassador Inocencio F. Arias of Spain, the 15-nation body said follow-up activity would require close cooperation and coordination throughout the UN system and should involve the appropriate organizations, especially in West Africa.

“The Security Council endorses the recommendations of these two missions which fall within its area of responsibility and wishes to see them implemented,” Ambassador Arias said. “Where responsibility for implementation falls to others, the Council looks forward to working in partnership with them.”

The Council also invited Secretary-General Kofi Annan to follow-up on those proposals within his mandate and provide a progress report by 30 November.

Acknowledging that resources may be needed for an effective implementation, the Council said it would “continue to encourage donor countries in a position to do so to support such efforts, and to assist regional and sub-regional organizations in this respect.”

imageVideo of the Council meeting


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