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CHAPTER 7: Section 6 Changes

Palestine’s request for reconsideration of its 2011 application for UN membership raises several procedural issues

7 April 2024

On 2 April 2024, the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine wrote a letter conveying the request of the

“Palestinian leadership” that the Security Council give “renewed consideration” in April to Palestine’s 2011

application for UN membership. The Security Council's role in the admission of States to the UN is governed by

Charter Article 4 and Council Rules 58, 59 and 60 . . .

“North Macedonia” name dispute is settled, resolving issue first dealt with by Council in 1993

Revision on 11 March 2019

After 27 years of negotiations, in February 2019, the capitals of Athens and Skopje reached agreement that the name “Republic of North Macedonia” would become the official title of the country which, pursuant to a 1993 Security Council resolution, had been known as “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” . . . 

2019 application by Palestine for UN membership likely to repeat history of earlier unsuccessful bid

Revision on 11 March 2019

On 26 December 2018, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki announced that the following year,  Palestine would present a new application for UN membership.  On 15 January 2019, both Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Al-Malki said that the initiative would be be forthcoming within a few weeks . . .

With respect to DPRK, Council recalls its Article 5 power to recommend that the GA suspend a Member State’s rights and privileges

9 January 2017

Resolution 2321 (2016) condemned the DPRK’s nuclear test on 9 September 2016 and recalled that the Council has the power to recommend that a Member State against which preventive or enforcement action has been taken should be suspended from the exercise of the rights and privileges of UN membership . . .

Adding to the record a failed 1974 proposal to expel South Africa pursuant to Article 6 of the UN Charter

1 February 2015

On page 423 of the book, we stated that the Security Council had never discussed or recommended the suspension or expulsion of any UN Member State.  In fact, in October 1974, Kenya, Mauritania, Cameroon and Iraq co-sponsored a draft resolution . . .

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