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Document 51999IP0235

Resolution on the failure to extend the mandate of UNPREDEP

OJ C 175, 21.6.1999, p. 258 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, PT, FI, SV)

51999IP0235

Resolution on the failure to extend the mandate of UNPREDEP

Official Journal C 175 , 21/06/1999 P. 0258


B4-0235, 0256, 0271, 0284 and 0297/99

Resolution on the failure to extend the mandate of UNPREDEP

The European Parliament,

- having regard to its previous resolutions on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and on Kosovo,

- having regard to UN Security Council Resolution 983 (1995) establishing UNPREDEP and Resolutions 1082 (1996), 1110 (1997), 1140 (1997), 1142 (1997) and 1186 (1998),

- having regard to the UN Secretary-General¨s report on UNPREDEP (S/1999/161 of 10 February 1999),

A. stressing that peace and stability in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to depend largely on developments in other parts of the region, in particular in Kosovo,

B. whereas the UN preventive deployment force in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has made an important contribution to keeping the peace in that country and plays a decisive role in preventing the Kosovo conflict from spilling over into the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which would justify the extension of its mandate,

C. stressing, furthermore, that since the last extension of its mandate in July 1998 UNPREDEP is also required to report on the illicit flow of arms and other activities, such as arming and training for terrorist activities, which were prohibited under Security Council Resolution 1160 (1998),

D. whereas the mandate of UNPREDEP in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia expired on 28 February 1999,

E. whereas the extension of UNPREDEP¨s mandate by the UN Security Council beyond 28 February has been vetoed by one of the permanent members, the People's Republic of China, a veto widely regarded as retaliation for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's establishment of diplomatic relations with Taiwan,

F. stressing that if the United Nations is unable to carry out its prime task of securing peace and stability in the world, other ways and means will have to be sought and established to carry out this duty,

1. Deeply regrets the UN Security Council¨s failure to extend the mandate of UNPREDEP for a further six months until 31 August 1999, owing to a veto by the People's Republic of China;

2. Stresses that the authority of the UN Security Council and the United Nations as a whole will be seriously weakened if decisions on its peace-keeping capacity are made contingent on narrow national interests;

3. Calls on the People's Republic of China to reconsider its decision, both in the interests of continued stability in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and to enable the UN Security Council to exercise its duties under the UN Charter;

4. Calls, in the absence of a positive decision by the UN Security Council, on the European Union and its Member States, in cooperation with the OSCE, NATO and the Western European Union, to take over the tasks so far carried out by UNPREDEP;

5. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, OSCE, NATO, WEU and the governments of the People¨s Republic of China and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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