UN Considering Convening GA Session On Iraq
By Vladimir Kikilo
Oana/Itar-Tass via Southnews
Saturday, March 22, 2003
UNITED NATIONS, March 21 (Oana/Itar-Tass) -- The United Nations
Organisation is seriously considering convening an extraordinary General
Assembly session for discussing the situation around Iraq. The United
States, which started a combat operation against Baghdad on Thursday,
emphatically opposes the suggestion.
The idea to convene a General Assembly session was discussed recently at
a meeting of the coordinating bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement rallying
115 countries, which was held behind closed doors, Itar-Tass learned from
Participants in the meeting, held on the eve of the U.S. attack on Iraq
and chaired by Malaysia, agreed to discuss the issue again in the near
An extraordinary session of the U.N. General Assembly may be convened in
accordance with Resolution No. 337, which was adopted by the U.N.
Security Council on the initiative of the United States in 1950. It has
been used ten times since 1950.
In 1956 Egypt nationalised the Suez Canal. Britain and France retaliated
with starting an aggression against it and occupying several sections of
the canal. They vetoed all the resolutions demanding ceasefire submitted
to the U.N. Security Council. That time the United Statesachieved the
convocation of an extraordinary General Assembly session, which
emphatically demanded that Britain and France cease combat and withdraw
their troops from the area of the Suez Canal.
Within less than a week the aggressors yielded to the will of the world
community and retreated.
Ironically, now Resolution No. 337 may be used against its author, the
United States. The General Assembly session will be convened, if the idea
is supported by 96 U.N. member states (a total number of U.N. member
states is 191). After that the General Assembly session will be held
within 24 hours.
Jan Kavan from the Czech Republic, chairman of the U.N. General Assembly,
believes that despite active resistance of the United States, which is
trying to nip the idea in the bud, there is a good chance it will still
be held. If it does take place, most of its participants will vote for
the resolution critical of the United States, Kavan told a group of
journalists, accredited at the U.N., on Thursday. Any resolution will
have only a recommendatory character, however.