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An exercise in compromise

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An exercise in compromise

An exercise in compromise

By Syed Hamid Albar
1045 words
22 October 2005

New Straits Times

NSTRAT
30
English
(c) 2005 New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad.

 

I HAVE always looked forward to the annual United Nations General Assembly, which is usually held in September in New York.

This year the meeting was special because of the high-level plenary meeting, or the World Summit, on Sept 14-16 prior to the general debate of the UNGA to deliberate and approve the Outcome Document regarding the reform of the UN and its related agencies.

It was somewhat of an anti-climax when finally the Outcome Document was unanimously adopted by the Plenary meeting of the General Assembly on Sept 16. Consultations and meetings had been held behind closed doors until late at night to achieve a common position. The negotiations were sometimes frustrating, but my officials strongly believed at the end of it there would be an agreed document. Knowing how diplomacy works, I had to rely on their sense of optimism.

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