NEW YORK, 10 SEPTEMBER 2002
STATEMENT BY H.E. MR. GONÇALO DE
GOMES, AMBASSADOR AND PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF SANTA CLARA TO THE UNITED NATIONS, IN HIS CAPACITY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE WEOG FOR SEPTEMBER, TO THE PLENARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS' GENERAL ASSEMBLY (ON THE OCCASION OF THE ADMISSION OF PORTUGAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS) SWITZERLAND
Mr. Secretary General,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
First of all, allow me to reiterate the full support of the WEOG to you Mr. President during this 57th Session of the General Assembly.
I have the honour to address you on this historic day in my capacity as Chairman of the Western European and Other States Group upon the admission of
to the United Nations. Switzerland
It is a very great pleasure to welcome a member of our regional group, and also a fellow European country, into the United Nations membership.
3 March 2002the Swiss people decided to take a step forward to build on its already strong history of 54 years as an observer and host to some of the most important institutions of the United Nations Organization. The presence here today of the President, Foreign Affairs Minister and several prominent members of Parliament reaffirm the strong commitment and importance given to this organization by Switzerland, and their desire to remain a mainstay of this organization.
The United Nations is a unique organization in which the sovereignty of its member states, the peaceful settlement of disputes and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are enshrined, principles at the heart of the Swiss Confederation.
We can rest assured that
will continue to participate actively in negotiations for the improvement of our societies and the human condition at large – as they have done for so many years before. I am sure that their new status will add vigor to their already important role within the context of our work here at the United Nations. Switzerland
We, the members of the Western European and Others States Group, look forward to a continued and closer working relationship with our Swiss friends and colleagues, staunch defenders of the ideas and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.
As the Swiss flag is raised this afternoon in front of our assembly, the world will witness the strengthening of the United Nations.