Republic of Panama
Ambassador Ricardo Alberto Arias
Panama’sterm as an elected member of the UN Security Council ends in December 2008.Ricardo Alberto Arias has served as Panama’s Permanent Representativeto the UN since September 17, 2004. The following is excerpted from remarks byAmbassador Arias during the January 12, 2007, debate on the situation in Myanmar duringthe 5,619th meeting of the UN Security Council. WhenPanamaaccepted the responsibility of assuming a seat on the Security Council, it didso with a view not to imposing its own national criteria, but to acting onbehalf of and for the members of the organization in respect to the maintenanceof international peace and security….