Organization and methods of functioning of visiting missions

VI. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE FOURTH COMMITTEE
553. Organization and methods of functioning of visiting missions

The General Assembly, Recalling that in its resolution 434 (V) of 2 December 1950 it recommended that the Trusteeship Council review the organization and functioning of visiting missions to the Trust Territories, taking into account in particular the advisability of reducing the number of Trust Territories to be visited by a single visiting mission and of extending the duration of visits without diminishing their frequency,

1. Notes that in organizing its Visiting Mission to Trust Territories in East Africa in 1951 the Trusteeship Council decided, in its resolution 344 (X) of 5 July 1951, that the Mission should visit three Trust Territories as compared with two visited by the previous Mission to that area in 1948;

2. Notes that, by fixing in the same resolution an interval of time between the dispatch of the 1951 Visiting Mission and the submission of its report only slightly in excess of the corresponding period of time taken by the 1948 Visiting Mission, the Trusteeship Council precluded any possibility of the 1951 Visiting Mission spending an appreciably longer time in the Trust Territories concerned;

3. Notes further that, in its resolution 343 (IX) of 6 June 1951, the Trusteeship Council also decided that in making arrangements for future visiting missions, it would take into account the observations and suggestions of a committee of the Council which considered, inter alia, that, while two separate missions should be sent, if possible, to the four Trust Territories in the Pacific area every three years, one mission only was sufficient to cover the four West African Trust Territories and one the three East African Trust Territories;

4. Recommends that the Trusteeship Council again review its procedures in respect of the organization and functioning of visiting missions, bearing in mind the financial implications, with a view to:

(a) Increasing the duration of each visit to each Trust Territory;

(b) Reducing the number of Trust Territories to be visited by a single visiting mission; and

(c) Achieving these ends without diminishing the frequency of visits to the Trust Territories;

5. Reaffirms the desirability of each visiting mission being constituted as much as possible from among representatives who sit on the Trusteeship Council;

6. Recommends, however, that, whenever it is necessary for practical reasons to appoint members other than representatives who sit on the Trusteeship Council, the Council consider inviting Members of the United Nations which are not members of the Trusteeship Council to nominate suitably qualified persons.

361st plenary meetimg,
18 January 1952.
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