- First Seat for Lebanon
Preparations for the General Assembly's next session
have started. The Secretary-General drew the name of
the country that would take the first seat to be followed
alphabetically by others, this year it will be Lebanon.
The session is scheduled to open somewhat early this
year on 10 September.
- ECOSOC in New York
There was a time when July was the delegate's month
in Geneva where the Economic & Social Council held its
prolonged session. No more. Financial and other considerations
have led to a rotation whereby distinguished delegates
will have to put up with hot and humid New York weather.
However as New Yorkers are always proud to say "July
is the best time in the City when everyone leaves".
- Cyprus Talks Delayed
The Special Representative in Cyprus reported to headquarters
on prospects of an agreement between the Turkish and
Cypriot committees on the island. Much was made out
of working dinners attended by conflicting factions
but nothing has come of it yet. A meeting in July is
expected to iron out pending issues. Many observers
are not holding their breath as the same issues have
been pending for the last quarter of a century. Still,
one would wish our friends success.