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United Nations Charter (Article 54)

Volume 640: debated on Monday 8 May 1961

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will publish a list, with dates, of reports submitted by regional agencies to the Security Council in accordance with Article 54 of the United Nations Charter.

The United Nations have not published a composite list of these reports. Details of the communications to the Security Council made under Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter are contained in the Repertoire of Security Council Practice and in the annual reports of the Security Council to the General Assembly; copies of these United Nations documents are in the Library of the House.

Is it perfectly clear that it is not possible for a regional agency, such as the Organisation of American States, for example, to operate sometimes under Articles 52 to 54 and be subject to the Security Council, and at other times under Article 51 and not be subject to the Security Council? Is it not time that there was proper registration so that the Security Council could know what its responsibilities were?

I would have thought that the position was perfectly clear under Articles 52 to 54. As the right hon. Member for Derby, South (Mr. P. Noel-Baker) pointed out the other day, under Article 52 (4) it is always possible for the matter to go before the Security Council, so that there is a safeguard against any abuse in that form by regional organisations.

Can the Under-Secretary say whether the Organisation of American States made any report to the Security Council about the Guatemala case in 1954?