What is meant by the "New Global Order," and how did the Gulf Crisis constitute a turning point? Let me state at the outset that the United Nations Security Council was energized, and to some extent overused during the Gulf Crisis, because Iraq's invasion of Kuwait constituted a clear violation of the United Nations Charter, and also the Arab League Charter. There might have been mitigating circumstances; there might have been certain provocations; but in the final analysis they did not warrant the invasion and the total occupation of another Arab country. I think this should be stated as clearly as possible in order also to state that the Arab League, in its summit meeting in Cairo in August 1990, was in my opinion, pre-empted from undertaking its own functions in resolving a basically inter-Arab dispute.



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