|Date||8 December 2005|
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Agenda item 27
Assistance in mine action
Report of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) (A/60/473)
The Assembly has before it a draft resolution recommended by the Special Committee and Decolonization Committee in paragraph 9 of its report.
I call on the representative of the Sudan in explanation of position.
The Sudan is among the countries to have suffered directly from mines and unexploded ordnance during wars. We are aware of the tragedy resulting from that, including the physical, social and economic problems suffered by victims -- especially women and children -- as a result of landmines.
We also believe that there is an urgent need for the international community to provide as much help as possible in order to eradicate landmines, as well as to build capacity at the national level following the entry into force of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. We need assistance with the efforts to remove landmines so the returnees can live in peace and tranquillity in cleared lands.
For reasons that I do not have the time to elaborate, we have always supported any international effort or draft resolutions in the area of landmines. However, owing to reasons beyond our control, we were not able to join the list of sponsors of draft resolution A/C.4/60/L.7/Rev.1, entitled "Assistance in mine action", prior to the Fourth's Committee adoption. We also made an effort to sign on to the draft resolution prior to its adoption by the General Assembly, but found ourselves again unable to do so. The delegation of the Sudan would like to emphasize that we nevertheless feel that we are indeed a sponsor of draft resolution A/C.4/60/L.7/Rev.1, despite the fact that we did not officially become one due to the reasons I have just mentioned.
We urge members to adopt the draft resolution unanimously. We request that our position be reflected in the record of this meeting.
The General Assembly will now take action on the draft resolution.
The Special Political and Decolonization Committee adopted the draft resolution without a vote. May I take it that the Assembly wishes to do likewise?
May I take it that it is the wish of the General Assembly to conclude its consideration of agenda item 27?