Written Testimony of Gordon West,
Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and Near East
United States Agency for International Development
Asia and Near East Overview
before the Committee on Foreign Relations
United States Senate
March 2, 2004
In a year dominated by the war in Iraq, the Security Council also addressed a broad range of other threats to peace and security around the globe, including in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Liberia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and others.
The Council convened 181 formal meetings, including 48 on situations in Africa, adopted 67 resolutions and issued 30 presidential statements. The veto was used twice, both times by the United States on draft resolutions regarding the situation in the Middle East.