NOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
United Nations, New York, 5 March 2010
Meeting with the President of the Security Council
The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, met with H.E. Mr. Franck Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet, Permanent Representative of Gabon and the President of the Security Council for the current month.
They exchanged views on several important issues on the agendas of the two organs.
The President of the Security Council briefed President Treki on the programme of work of the Security Council, which included several situations in Africa, notably Chad, Sudan, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau and Somalia, and other situations, including Afghanistan and the Middle East. President Treki noted that African issues were prominent on the Council’s agenda and that there was an appreciation of the Council’s work. He emphasized more concerted and credible efforts, particularly to address the situation in Somalia. The two Presidents underlined the crucial importance of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East for regional and international peace and security.
President Treki welcomed the open debate on small arms to be held under the Gabonese presidency of the Security Council. He briefed the President of the Security Council on the thematic debates to be held in the General Assembly.
The two Presidents noted the importance of further strengthening the coordination and interaction between the General Assembly and the Security Council. President Treki mentioned the useful exchange of ideas that he had with the successive Presidents of the Security Council particularly with regard to the improvement of working methods of the Security Council and the collective desire of the membership for more qualitative and substantive annual reports of the Security Council to the General Assembly. They also discussed UN reforms, including the reform of the Security Council.
The President of the General Assembly holds regular meetings with the Presidents of the Principal Organs of the United Nations, as provided for in the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly, to ensure enhanced cooperation and coordination in their work programmes in accordance with their respective responsibilities under the Charter.