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Romania welcomes the Security Council contribution to combating the threats to international security and stability

On 12h November 2015, the Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, Ambassador Ion Jinga, delivered a statement at the plenary meeting of the General Assembly on the Report of the Security Council, covering the period between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015, a press release sent by the Permanent Misssion of Romania to UN informs.

Expressing appreciation for the document elaborated by New Zealand, in its capacity as President of the Security Council for the month of July, the Romanian diplomat compared it with the first such report, issued on 3 October 1946, which referred to 50 meetings and five items on the Security Council agenda, during one year. By comparison, the latest UNSC Report mentions 267 formal meetings, out of which 248 were public, 65 resolutions adopted, 27 presidential statements, 148 press statements, and 66 items on the Council’s agenda.

Noting that the workload of the Council increased not only quantitatively, but also in terms of complexity, Ambassador Ion Jinga offered as an example the cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, developed with the substantial contribution of Romania: “The theme represented a priority of Romania’s 2004-2005 mandate as a non-permanent member of the Council. On 16 October 2015, we have marked 10 years since the Security Council adopted Resolution 1631, on the cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations in maintaining international peace and security. Through this Resolution, my country brought a conceptual and practical contribution to UN’s efforts towards international peace and security, in accordance with the principles of the Charter. The developments at international level, including crisis situations that occurred in the aftermath of its adoption, confirmed the viability of our initiative.”.

Ambassador Ion Jinga welcomed the increased presence of the members of the Security Council on the ground (the missions in Europe and Africa, and Haiti), underlining the critical importance of the direct interaction with people affected by the conflicts that the Security Council takes action on. He emphasized the capacity of the Security Council to adapt and respond appropriately to new types of crisis, proven by the first UN emergency health mission (UNMEER) in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also underscored the necessity of the Security Council to conduct its work in an “involved, committed, transparent and efficient manner”.