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UPDATED: 10:23, March 01, 2006
Eliasson wants quick decision on new UN council
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UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson said on Tuesday that he still hoped the UN body will come to action on the draft resolution on the UN Human Rights Council as soon as possible.

After consultations with some regional groups of member states, Eliasson said he was encouraged by the general positive reaction from the membership on the draft resolution, although there were some skeptical and negative voices.

The text is workable, principled and can created the human rights machinery, Eliasson told reporters at UN headquarters in New York.

"We should be proud of what we, during these consultations, have achieved together," he noted.

The president declared that the current text of the draft resolution has won wide support of the most member states.

"The reactions I have received have been all in all very positive," he said. "The majority of reactions I received have been very encouraging."

Eliasson stressed that many member states insist that there should be no changes to the text because changes will lead to very difficult negotiating situation.

"We take into account with great respect of all positions stated by member states, and we understand their concerns," he observed. "But when we look at the text, we do not only look at the individual aspect or special part of the text, but also the totality."

"I hope, in this consideration, we will be able to come to action as soon as possible," he said.

"I will still try to move to action, but of course I need to take into account of this reaction from the United States," he said, adding "that requires continuous consultations."

Eliasson said he is waiting for final reactions from some states, and after all the positions of member states clarify to him, he will make the decision.

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton has said that the United States would vote against the current compromise proposal unless negotiations on the text are re-opened.

Eliasson unveiled Thursday a new draft blueprint for creating a human rights council with higher status and greater accountability than the much-criticized Human Rights Commission.

The latest text of the draft resolution is the product of many months' efforts to reach consensus among member states. World leaders agreed at a UN summit in September, 2005 to create a new body to replace the 53-member commission.

Source: Xinhua

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