Negotiating Peace at the Table, Building Peace on the Ground
in Angela Drakulich, ed, A Global Agenda: Issues before the 59th General Assembly of the United Nations
(New York: UNA-USA, 2004), pp 107-56
The 59th Session of the UN General Assembly is likely to express satisfaction on the overall progress that has been made during the past year in the U.N. peace activities in Asia and will most likely resolve to continue the five operations, urging member states and parties concerned in each case to contribute to their success with troops or funds. Given that the General Assembly’s 59th session will coincide with the holding of elections in Afghanistan scheduled for September 2004, the U.N. contribution to the country's political process and the key challenges facing it may be deliberated upon quite extensively. The delegates, especially from Afghanistan and countries engaged in its security and reconstruction, may stress the importance of expanding the U.N.-led Bonn peace process. In addition, the Assembly may decide to expand the Afghan Mission by urging donor nations to fulfill their financial commitments toward this end. The decision by India and Pakistan to pursue dialogue is expected to receive international praise; however the two countries may stick to their respective positions regarding the role of UNMOGIP in Kashmir. As for Timor-Leste, the G.A. is most likely to express hope that UNMISET, with its modified mandate, will be able to complete its peacekeeping and state-building activities by 1Iay 2005. Like Afghanistan, Bougainville and Tajikistan are up for elections in the coming year, meaning the Assembly will take stock of UNOMB’s and UNTOP's role in the political process as well as the pace of UNOMB's weapons disposal program and UNTOP's incorporation into its agenda of human rights violations in the country. Full Text