Yearbook of the United Nations 1999
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Yearbook of the United Nations 1999

The Yearbook of the United Nations, comprehensive and reliable, is the primary reference work on the United Nations. This fifty-third volume of the Yearbook details the many activities of the Organization and its organs, programmes and bodies in 1999. It provides an overview of the major challenges the Organization has addressed in a variety of areas, including peacekeeping and peacemaking; disarmament; human rights; refugees and displaced persons; international crime and corruption; natural resources and energy. This 1,500 pages volume is fully indexed and reproduces all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions issued during the year. It will be a valuable resource for diplomats, government officials, scholars, journalists and others with a serious interest in international and United Nations affairs.

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In 1999, United Nations involvement in the Middle East peace process continued through its peacekeeping operations, the good offices of the Secretary-General and programmes of economic, social and other forms of assistance, as well as active participation in multilateral negotiations. During the first six months of the year, the peace process, which began in Madrid, Spain, in 1991, stagnated, due, among other things, to the accelerated establishment of new and the expansion of existing Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. Following the election of a new Israeli Government in May, the peace process regained momentum in early September with the signing of the Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The Memorandum set out to resolve outstanding issues, such as those pertaining to the permanent status negotiations, and set a timetable for implementing previous commitments.