Your Excellency the President of the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly,
Mr. Jan Elliasson
Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government,
Your Excellency the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Koffie Annan, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen
Allow me to extend to you our sincere congratulations on your assumption of the Presidency of the 60th Session of the General Assembly and to express our confidence in your ability to guide our work throughout the Session. In the same breath, let me also express our appreciation to your predecessor, Mr Je an Ping, for managing successfully the very difficult business of the 59th Session.
Although we began our last Session with a weighty agenda, we were able to reach general agreement on a number of important issues in the area of development. We are yet to agree on other pressing issues, such as the reform of the Security Council and the composition of a new Human Rights Council.