ROGER HAROLDO RODAS MELGAR, Minister from Overseas Affairs out of

ROGER HAROLDO RODAS MELGAR, Minister from Overseas Affairs out of

Guatemala, speaking in his country’s first participation in a Security Council debate since takings its place as an elected member of the body last week, said the link between the Security Council and regional entities was not limited to preventive actions and mediation, such as those contemplated in the relevant articles of the United Nations Charter, but increasingly because those entities participated in peacekeeping operations, and by extension, in peacebuilding activities. In both those endeavours, Guatemala felt a community of interest with the African continent in its double capacity as a troop-contributing country and a country that had experienced a post-conflict situation of peacebuilding on the heels of the signing of its own peace accords at the end of 1996. (more…)