Internal Regulations of the Council of the League of Arab States

(13 October 1951)

Article 1.

The Member States of the League shall elect their representatives who compose the Council and who shall be furnished with credentials covering their delegation to the Council as well as with documents covering their powers, whenever necessary. Their names shall be communicated to the Secretary-General.

Article 2.

The delegates shall retain their representative character in the Council unless the Secretariat-General is notified of any changes which Member States wish to make in their delegations, and every new delegate shall be furnished with his credentials and powers.

Article 3.

The credentials and the documents covering the powers (of the delegates) shall be delivered to the Secretary-General, who shall submit to the Council the results of his examination thereof to be entered in the minutes of the meeting.

Article 4.

The Secretary-General shall fix the date for the commencement of each of the ordinary sessions for March and October.

Each session shall continue until all the questions on the agenda have been discussed, unless the Council decides to end the session before this (has been done).

Article 5.

The Council shall meet in extraordinary session within a period not exceeding one month from the date of receipt by the Secretary-General of the official request from the meeting.

Article 6.

In the cases of aggression referred to in Article 6 of the Pact, the meeting shall take place at the earliest possible time within three days from the date of the receipt by the Secretary-General of the official request (for the meeting).

Article 7.

The Secretary-General-or any one acting for him in case of his absence-shall send notices for convening the ordinary sessions one month at least before the date fixed for the opening of the sessions.

As for the extraordinary sessions, the notice shall be sent by telegram five days before the date fixed for the meeting.

Article 8.

The Secretary-General shall prepare the draft agenda of the Council and communicate it to the Member States together with the notice of the meeting.

The Member States may suggest within a period not exceeding 15 days from the date of their notification of the draft agenda the entering of new questions thereon, and the Secretary-General shall draw up an additional list of these questions and communicate it to the Member States ten days before the meeting of the Council.

The agenda of every ordinary session shall contain a report covering the activities of the Secretariat-General between the two sessions and the measures taken for the implementation of the Council's resolutions.

There shall be annexed to the agenda detailed memoranda on the subjects submitted (for discussion) along with any available reports, whether submitted by the committees or by others.

Article 9.

The Council shall approve the agenda at the beginning of each session, and may add, by a decision approved by the majority, other questions not included thereon.

Article 10.

There shall not be included on the agenda of extraordinary session any questions other than those for the discussion of which the extraordinary session has been convened.

The Council may by a majority of votes decide to discuss other questions.

Article 11.

The meeting of the Council shall be considered legal if attended by representatives of the majority of the Member States. As for resolutions, these can s only be valid if approved by a majority of the vote of the Member States of the League or by a two-thirds majority or by the unanimous votes of the (Member) States in accordance with the provisions of the Pact in each case.

Article 12.

The meetings of the Council shall be secret except in those cases when the Council decides by a majority of votes to make them public.

Article 13.

The meeting of the Council of the League shall be attended b the Secretary-General or by any one delegated by him from among his Assistants to act for him.

Article 14.

The presidency of the Council shall be entrusted by rotation at the opening of every ordinary session to each of the Member States according to the alphabetical order of their names.

The President shall continue in the exercise of his functions as President until the presidency is entrusted to his successor at the opening of the following session.

Article 15.

The President opens, prorogues and adjourns the meetings; be directs the activities of the Council; see s to it that the provisions of the Pact and of the Internal Regulations are applied; announces the closing of the discussion; submits a proposal for a vote; takes the steps for the formation of the committees as decided by the Council; notifes the Council of all messages within its competence, and supervises the implementation of its decisions.

Article 16.

Should the President be for any reason unable to carry out his functions as President, these should be assumed in his stead by any one of the representatives of his country according to the order in which they are accredited. When his country has no other representative the temporary presidency should be entrusted to the head of the delegation of the State which has the right to the presidency for the following session.

Article 17.

The Council may entrust to any of its members the study of a given question and the role of rapporteur on that question to the Council.

The reports submitted on such questions shall be distributed to the members at least one day before the meeting during which these questions will be discussed. The report shall be read during the meeting or, at the discretion of the Council, the mere distribution of the report in the manner described above may be considered sufflcient. The rapporteur may, however, give to the Council any such explanations as he may deem necessary.

Article 18.

The Council shall form at the beginning of every ordinary session the following committees:

1) The Committee for Political Affairs
2) The Committee for Economic Affairs
3) The Committee for Social and Cultural Affairs
4) The Committee for Administrative and Financial Affairs
5) The Committee for Legal Affairs

It may also form other committees if necessary.

Every delegation shall elect at the beginning of every session from among its members its representatives to each of these committees, and may seek the assistance of experts and specialists.

The Council shall refer the questions on the agenda to the committees, each according to its competence, for study and the submission of a report thereon containing their recommendations.

The Council may permit the committees to travel to the Member States of the League should it find this s necessary to ensure an exhaustive study of the questions referred to these committees.

The Council may also discuss the questions entered on the agenda before referring them to the competent committees should this be decided upon by a majority of votes.

Article 19.

All matters referred to the Council by the committees shall be accompanied by reports, and the committee concerned shall appoint a rapporteur who will attend the meeting of the Council in order to furnish whatever explanations he may be required to submit. The rapporteur shall participate in the discussions but shall not participate in the voting, unless he is a member of the Council.

Article 20.

The Secretary-General may draw the attention of the Council or the Member States to any question which may be prejudicial to the existing relations between Member States or between Member States and other States.

Article 21.

The Secretary-General shall undertake the organization of the Secretariat of the Council and of the Secretariat of the committees formed by the Council.

The Secretary-General may be assisted or superseded during the Council's meetings by one or more delegates chosen by him.

The Secretary-General or his delegates may, at any time, with the approval of the President, submit to the Council verbal reports or statements on any question under discussion by the Council.

Article 22.

The Secretary-General shall supervise the drawing up of records or minutes of all the deliberations which take place and of all the resolutions adopted during the ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the Council.

Article 23.

The Secretariat-General shall receive, print and notify all the documents, reports and resolutions; shall register, print and notify the records and minutes of the meetings; shall file the documents of the Council in the archives of the League; shall translate any of these as may be necessary; shall publish the accounts of the meetings; and shall, in general, undertake all the functions which the Council of the League may entrust to it.

Article 24.

The Secretariat-General shall undertake the preparation of these records and minutes, the printing and distribution thereof among the members of the Council with the least possible delay. Whoever wishes to correct his statements shall notify the Secretariat-General to this effect within the following forty-eight hours.

After the lapse of the period prescribed for the correction of the statements, the Council shall adopt the records and minutes which shall be signed by the President and the Secretary-General.

Article 25.

The Council may decide not to draw up minutes of its meetings, in which case it will be sufficient to make only a record of the text of the resolution adopted by the Council. This record, as in the case of the minutes, shall be distributed among the members. It shall then be approved by the Council and signed by the President and the Secretary-General.

Article 26.

The debates in the Council shall take place according to the following procedure:

1) The President shall submit the question in a general manner, and shall call upon the Secretary-General to give any explanations he may deem necessary, if required.
2) The record shall be given to the rapporteur and then to those who follow him according to the order in which they have asked to speak.
3) The President shall submit to the Council the proposal for closing the discussion, and, if (it is) approved by the majority of the Council, announce the decision to this effect.
4) Draft resolutions, amendments and proposals intended to be submitted to a vote shall be made in writing, and the vote shall be taken by roll-call, and the President shall announce the results of the voting.

Article 27.

These Internal Regulations shall not be amended unless a proposal to this effect is submitted and approved by the Council by a majority of votes.


Last revised 6 April 1998, Ed Haynes
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