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MEETING OF THE UNCHR

STATEMENT BY

H.E. Mrs. ANDA FILIP
AMBASSADOR
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF ROMANIA

GENEVA - 15 SEPTEMBER 2000 -

Thank you, Mr. President,

Madame High Commissioner,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Romania commends the initiative of convening today this informal meeting of the Commission on Human Rights in order to continue the established dialogue and give consistency to our joint endeavors to promote human rights throughout the world.

We have embarked together upon a new exercise that aims at establishing a useful bridge between the work in our Commission and the activities of the UN General Assembly Third Committee. The meeting we have today is an important result of the reform process of the mechanisms of the CHR. We hope that its institutionalization and successful work responds to the general interest of developing cross-institutional links for developing a consistent and consolidated promotion of human rights throughout the UN system.

Along this line, I would like to congratulate the Office of the High Commissioner, the Special Rapporteurs and the Working Groups of our Commission for the hard work thay have conducted in preparing all relevant documents presented to us today, thus facilitating the continuation of our dialogue and cooperation in the interest of promotion of human rights at the Third Committee of GA.

Madame High Commissioner,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to thake this opportunity to recall that, at the "Millennium Summit" in New York, the President of Romania announced that our delegation to the GA session will introduce a draft resolution on the promotion and consolidation of democracy.

We believe that the theme of consolidating democracy in the world, highlighted this year in the relevant resolution of the UN Commission on Human Rights, continues to receive much positive attention in many countries and regions. An indication in this respect is the number of international conferences that have taken place or are being prepared, since our formal gathering in March-April this year, in various quarters at sub-regional, regional and cross-regional levels.

On this basis and in the spirit of continuity of response to actual trends in the world reality, our delegation is determined to promote, together with the other 61 co-sponsors and the interested delegations form all geographical regions, the text adopted in the UNHCR with no vote against as a resolution of the UN General Assembly. We are confident that this initiative will now enjoy an even broader support. The Romanian delegation stands ready to fully and openly cooperate with all delegations in achieving this goal.

Thank you, Mr. President.


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