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10-10-2000 Taoiseach welcomes Irelands election to Security Council


The Taoiseach today welcomed Ireland's election to non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term commencing in January, 2001.

The Taoiseach said that our success in this election "illustrates the high regard in which Ireland's contribution to the work of the United Nations is held throughout the world". The Taoiseach remarked that "Ireland's third term on the Security Council comes at a particularly exciting time, as the UN embarks on realising the programme of renewal and reform set out in Secretary General Annan's "We the Peoples" report and the recent Brahimi report on UN Peace Operations. I look forward to Ireland's taking a full and active part in this process particularly as it affects the structure and operations of the Security Council."

The Taoiseach also paid tribute to the work of all involved in the campaign. "I am delighted with the way in which we conducted our campaign. Our success is a tribute to the dedication and professionalism of our diplomats throughout the world. I would like to pay particular tribute to the hard work and commitment of the Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Brian Cowen, Minister of State, Liz O'Donnell, the former Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. David Andrews, the co-ordinators of our Campaign Team - Ambassador Mary Whelan in Dublin and Ambassador Richard Ryan in New York, and to all the Irish Ministers and the officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs who have devoted such energy to the campaign over the last two years. I am certain that the same energy and professionalism will now be brought to bear on the task of working with our colleagues on the Security Council to make the Council a more effective and representative instrument of the UN in the modern world."


ENDS - 10 October 2000