Statement by Amb.
J. Enkhsaikhan of Mongolia
in the Security Council on item:
“The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”
18 April, 2002
I would like to thank the Council for providing this delegation the
opportunity to contribute to this open debate of the Council on the situation in
the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.
the outset, I would like to express my delegation’s appreciation to you, Mr.
President, for the very timely consideration of this truly pressing and burning
issue with the widest participation of the membership of the United Nations.
delegation would also like to express its appreciation to the Secretary-General
for briefing the Council on the situation in the Middle East, including on the
grave humanitarian tragedy developing in the West Bank, especially at Jenin
refugee camp and some other populated areas.
delegation associates itself with the Statement made earlier by Amb. Kumalo,
Chairman of the Coordinating Bureau on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement. In
addition, as a concerned member of the international community, my delegation
would like to make the following brief comments.
longstanding Middle East crisis and especially the latest Israeli- Palestinian
conflict constitute a serious threat not only to the regional peace and
stability, but equally to the cause of global peace and justice. Today it is
absolutely clear that continued use of military force is not only unhelpful,
but, on the contrary, is further aggravating the situation and hurting the
long-term solution of the Middle East problem.
Mongolia reiterates its deepest concern over the serious deterioration of
the situation there and the continued failure to fully comply with Security
Council resolutions that have been adopted.
such an emergency situation, the international community has been seeking to
find a productive and workable solution to ending the present conflict. In the
past few weeks, the Council, within its primary responsibility for the
maintenance of international peace and security, had extensively debated this
issue and adopted important resolutions, namely 1397, 1402 and 1403 (2002) as
well as Presidential statement of 10 April, all of which Mongolia fully
supports. In our view, implementation of the above resolutions would not only
halt the escalation of violence. It could lead to creating conditions to resume
negotiations that would ensure the vision of the two long-suffering peoples
living peacefully one next to the other within safe and recognized borders. The
new Saudi peace initiative would allow all the States of the region to normalize
the Arab-Israeli relations, that is of primary importance for regional peace,
security, stability, mutual understanding and regional development. Mongolia
supports the joint Madrid statement of the Quartet made last week and
appreciates Secretary of State Colin Powell’s mission to the region and his
bilateral meetings with the parties concerned, that was to help stop the
violence and resume negotiations.
forceful measures need to be taken to avoid the repeat of humanitarian
tragedies, with which the international community is all too well familiar.
Therefore, in the face of continued violence, my delegation welcomes the
proposal of the Secretary-General made earlier this morning to the Council, i.e.
to establish under Chapter VII of the Charter, an international presence on the
ground by sending to the region a UN approved impartial multi-national force
formed by a coalition of the willing. This would be a concrete constructive step
that might help end the spiral of violence and destruction, monitor the
situation on the ground, lead to gradual restoration of trust between the two
side and create an environment for the parties concerned to resume peaceful
search for durable peace and justice on the basis of the well-known plans and
resolutions of this Council. It is to be hoped that members of the Council would
be able to respond expeditiously to the Secretary-General’s proposal.
conclusion, allow me to reiterate once again my delegation’s hope that the
Council’s debate would lead to realistic concrete measures to arrest the
unfolding catastrophe in the Middle East and resume steps aimed at promoting
long awaited just, lasting and comprehensive solution in the Middle East.