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The UN Security Council and Informal Groups of States$
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Jochen Prantl

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287680

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199287686.001.0001

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El Salvador: Group of Friends of the UN Secretary‐General

El Salvador: Group of Friends of the UN Secretary‐General

(p.159) 6 El Salvador: Group of Friends of the UN Secretary‐General
The UN Security Council and Informal Groups of States

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The UN Secretariat assumed the leading role as intermediary to reach a negotiated settlement of the conflict in El Salvador. The Friends of the Secretary-General on El Salvador somewhat revived the concept of the advisory committees that had been established in the 1950s. The transformation of the bipolar system created the permissive political context for a leading role of the United Nations, with the United States and the Soviet Union as guardians of the process in the background. Given the relative success of the Friends, the concept turned into a model which was subsequently applied — with mixed results — to crises in Haiti, Guatemala, Western Sahara, and Georgia.

Keywords:   civil conflict, Contadora Group, El Salvador, Friends of the Secretary-General, horizontal inequalities, bipolar system, voice

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