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.



Middle East

In 1998, the United Nations continued to support the Middle East peace process and remained involved in the region in a number of ways—through its peacekeeping operations, through the good offices of the Secretary-General, as well as through programmes of economic, social and other forms of assistance. The peace process, which began in Madrid, Spain, in 1991, regained momentum in late October with the signing of the Wye River Memorandum between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Despite the revived peace negotiations, however, one of the principal stumbling blocks to the peace process remained the growth of settlements throughout the occupied Palestinian territory, especially in and around Jerusalem. Settlement activities led to an increase in tensions and violence, further undermining the confidence between Israelis and Palestinians. No headway was made in the Israel-Syrian Arab Republic negotiations. In March, the Secretary-General visited the region, including Israel, Lebanon and Syria.


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