Yearbook of the United Nations 1998

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The Yearbook of the United Nations, comprehensive and reliable, is the primary reference work on the United Nations. This fifty-second volume of the Yearbook details the many activities of the Organization and its organs, programmes and bodies in 1998. It provides an overview of the major challenges the Organization has addressed in a variety of areas, including peacekeeping and peacemaking; disarmament; human rights; refugees and displaced persons; international crime and corruption; natural resources and energy; and System-wide Special Initiative on Africa. This 1,500 pages volume is fully indexed and reproduces all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions issued during the year. It will be a valuable resource for diplomats, government officials, scholars, journalists and others with a serious interest in international and United Nations affairs.




The Year 1998 was a singularly eventful one in the history of our Organization. The world lived through a period of high tension in February when Iraq seemed set on refusing to comply with its disarmament obligations. As some Member States prepared for military action to enforce compliance with Security Council resolutions, I signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 23 February with the Government of Iraq, which defused the immediate crisis. If fully implemented it would have set a valuable precedent, proving that by united action the United Nations can indeed prevent conflict while furthering its goals, as the founders of the Organization intended. However, renewed non-compliance later in the year led to military action by some Council members in December, and the year ended with the situation in Iraq still far from resolution.


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