I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union on the Organization of Work, as contained in the document A/C.5/63/L.42.
The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Armenia align themselves with this statement.
At the outset, let me briefly comment on the productive outcome of our first resumed session. Except for two issues, we were able to negotiate and conclude successfully all other items on our agenda. After a month break, I would like to welcome you back, Mr. Chairman, as well as all the other members of the Bureau, and all colleagues from the Committee secretariat and Member States, and to express my strong belief that our work during the upcoming session will bring the best possible outcome. The European Union understands the tentative programme of work that is before us as an outcome of extensive deliberations in the Bureau and under the given circumstances, the Chairmans proposal is the only possible compromise, therefore the European Union is ready to engage in a positive and constructive dialogue with our partners on the issues before us.
We are beginning our 2nd resumed session with a one week delay, caused mainly by the recurring situation with the issuance of the documentation. The document before us (A/C.5/63/L.42) provides a comprehensive summary of the status of preparedness of documentation; however, it is necessary to mention that, despite all efforts from the responsible bodies, some important documents for the Fifth Committee deliberations are again issued late. Even with a one week delay, we still lack documents for items that have already been scheduled in the tentative programme of work. As the European Union had repeatedly pointed out several times before, we need to have all documents in the six official languages in due time before our deliberations start.
The May session of the Fifth Committee is mainly devoted to the financing of the United Nations peacekeeping operations, which is a high priority for the European Union. We consider maintaining the international peace and security as one of the core functions of the United Nations. With a large number of troops, civilian police and other personnel in the United Nations peacekeeping missions and their safety and security concerned, it is our utmost responsibility to fully consider, in the time allocated, not only individual peacekeeping budgets, but also peacekeeping support account, cross-cutting issues, the closed peacekeeping missions, and the budget for United Nations Logistics Base. A comprehensive approach to all peacekeeping operations is the only possible way forward. We expect that a holistic approach, based on an in-depth analysis and an informed debate among Member States, is acceptable to all partners.
Equally, we are fully prepared to engage in a serious discussion on the issue of Safety and Security with a view to determining which of its aspects might demand an urgent consideration.
To conclude, Mr. Chairman, let me assure you that the European Union is prepared to engage in discussions on every agenda item before us. We are ready to work closely with all partners in a spirit of transparency and constructive cooperation in order to reach tangible results at the end of this session.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.