Office of the President of the Millennium Assembly
55th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Announcement by
President of the General Assembly

Appointements of Vice-Chairpersons
for the Open-ended Working Group
on the Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase
in the Membership of the Security Council and other Matters related to the Security Council
12 December 2000


I have called this first meeting for the purpose of appointing the Vice-Chairpersons for our Open-ended Working Group. As many of you may be aware, I have been discussing with various regional groups and Member States in order to ascertain our Bureau for this very important Open-ended Working Group.

At this juncture I should like to pay tribute to both H.E. Ambassador John de SARAM of Sri Lanka and to H.E. Ambassador Hans DAHLGREN of Sweden. Both permanent representatives served with distinction as Vice-Chairpersons for the last two years. As many of you are aware, Ambassador Dahlgren has returned to his capital to assume new responsibilities. Both Permanent Representatives have devoted tireless efforts and valuable contributions to the work of this body and Ambassador Dahlgren and Ambassador de Saram deserve our most sincere recognition.

In this connection I should like to inform delegations that as a result of widespread and extensive consultations and d iscussions among Member States I have decided to appoint Ambassador John de SARAM of Sri Lanka and Ambassador Thorsteinn INGOLFSSON of Iceland as the two Vice-Chairpersons. Both have graciously consented to serve on the Working Group in this capacity.