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20 May 2002 description

Week three proved to be an active and productive one for the Security Council. The Security Council adopted four resolutions while a total of 18 meetings were held. The week's highlight was the unanimous adoption of an important resolution on Iraq. Resolution 1409 (2002) approves the revision of sanctions on Iraq and extends the humanitarian programme for another 180 days. This Chapter VII resolution puts the sanctions against Iraq on a new footing by freeing up purely civilian trade while tightening restrictions on military and dual-use supplies.

13 May 2002 description

The second week of our Presidency had a relatively light programme of work because of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children from 8-10 May. On 6 May, the President gave an informal briefing to non-Members on the provisional programme of work for May. On 7 May, the UNSC held a public meeting on the issue of Children and Armed Conflict, one day prior to the General Assembly Special Session on Children. The UNSC mission to the Great Lakes Region returned on 7 May after spending ten days in the region.

06 May 2002 description


The first few days of Singapore's Presidency were unusually busy, with intensive focus on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question. On 1 May we met in informal consultations even though traditionally the Security Council usually conducts bilateral consultations on that day. Over the next 54 hours, there were exhaustive and difficult discussions on the question of the fact-finding team to the Jenin refugee camp.