Magazine article UN Chronicle

Other Peacekeeping-Related Actions

Magazine article UN Chronicle

Other Peacekeeping-Related Actions

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Angola: In a presidential statement on 24 August, the Council demanded that the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) immediately and unconditionally demilitarize and permit extension of State administration to areas under its control. It urged the Government of Angola and UNITA to enable delivery of humanitarian aid to all populations in need throughout the country.

Central African Republic: The Security Council, in a presidential statement of 28 September, called on all parties in the Central African Republic to remain calm and respect the vote in the presidential election held on 19 September. The election, monitored by UN and other international observers, was a crucial step towards national reconciliation within the framework of the Bangui Agreements. Signed in January 1997, the accords call, in part, for formation of a government of national union, adoption of an amnesty law, disarmament and a conference on national reconciliation. On 20 July 1999, the Council stressed that a secure environment would be increasingly important after departure of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINURCA) on 15 November 1999.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Security Council, unanimously adopting resolution 1258 (1999) of 6 August, authorized the deployment for three months of 90 UN military liaison personnel to help implement the Ceasefire Agreement signed on 10 in Lusaka, Zambia, by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Namibia, Uganda, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. The others be deployed in field headquarters of the feuding parties once security conditions permit supported by civilian, political and humanitarian staff the group will also assist in refining an operational concept for a possible further role of the United Nations in the implementation of the Agreement once it is signed by all parties.

Guinea-Bissau: The Secretary-General on 29 July announced that the United Nations Trust Fund established in support of the United Nations Peace building Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) was ready to receive contributions; it would also be used for reconciliation efforts, establishment and strengthening of democratic institutions, and developing an integrated approach to peace-building programmes.

Iraq: On 23 September, the UN Compensation Commission made available over $481 million to 73 Governments and three international organizations.

This was for distribution to 167,730 claimants, and represented the second phase of payments drawn from the Compensation Fund, set up to deal with claims arising from the invasion of Kuwait in 1990, in accordance with the "oil-for-food" mechanism established by Security Council resolution 986 (1995). …

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