SECURITY COUNCIL WELCOMES SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF MINUGUA'S

22 May 1997
SC/6373

SECURITY COUNCIL WELCOMES SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF MINUGUA'S

Security Council                                                                                               SC/6373

3780th Meeting (PM)                                                                                         22 May 1997

SECURITY COUNCIL WELCOMES SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF MINUGUA'S

                                                  MILITARY OBSERVER MISSION

                                     Presidential Statement Commends Both Parties

                            For Progress Made in Implementing Peace Accords to Date

            The Security Council this afternoon welcomed the successful conclusion of the military observer mission attached to the United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA), as well the full compliance by the Government of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG) with the terms of their cease-fire agreement, which the Mission was established to verify.

            Through a statement read out by its President, Park Soo Gil (Republic of Korea), the Council commended both parties for progress made in implementing the peace accords to date, particularly for the establishment of the Follow-Up Commission which will oversee implementation of the agreements, and for steps taken towards establishment of the Historical Clarification Commission.

            Reaffirming its full support for the Guatemalan peace process, the Council reiterated its call for both parties to continue to implement fully their commitments under the agreements signed in Guatemala City on 29 December 1996, as well as under other agreements in the overall package of peace accords signed in Madrid, Mexico City, Oslo and Stockholm.

              The Council commended the Secretary-General, his Special Representative, the Chief Military Observer and other dedicated United Nations personnel for their contributions.  It expressed confidence that the Special Representative, MINUGUA and the international community would continue their support for the peace process and, in particular, for implementation of the accords.

            The MINUGUA observer mission was established by the Council under its resolution 1094 of 20 January 1997, to verify the cease-fire agreement signed by the parties at Oslo on 4 December 1996.

            The full text of the presidential statement, to be issued as document S/PRST/1997/28, reads as follows:

            "The Security Council welcomes the successful conclusion of the military observer mission attached to the United Nations Verification Mission in Security Council                                     - 2 -                              Press Release SC/6373

3780th Meeting (PM)                                                                 22 May 1997

Guatemala (MINUGUA), in accordance with resolution 1094 (1997) of 20 January 1997, to verify the agreement on the definitive cease-fire between the Government of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG) signed at Oslo on 4 December 1996 (document S/1996/1045*, annex).  The Council commends the Secretary-General, his Special Representative, the Chief Military Observer and other dedicated personnel of the United Nations who have contributed to this undertaking.  The Council further welcomes the full compliance of the Government of Guatemala and the URNG with the terms of the definitive cease-fire.

            "The Security Council commends both parties for the progress made in the implementation of the peace accords to date, in particular for the establishment of the Follow-Up Commission which will oversee the implementation of the Clarification Commission.  The Council reiterates its call for both parties to continue to implement fully their commitments under the agreements signed in Guatemala City on 29 December 1996, as well as the commitments under the other agreements in the overall package of peace accords signed in Madrid, Mexico City, Oslo and Stockholm.

            "The  Security Council reaffirms its full support for the peace process in Guatemala.  The Council expresses its confidence that the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, MINUGUA and the international community will continue their support for the peace process in Guatemala and, in particular, for the implementation of the peace accords."

            The meeting, which was called to order at 1:31 p.m., was adjourned at 1:35 p.m.

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