The United Nations Security Council meeting in January 1992 had marked a turning point in history. As the first meeting of the Council held at head of state level it had captured the spirit of the age. The Council had met the challenge of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and it seemed that at last the United Nations might realize the goals set by its founders in 1945. This crucial summit was a British initiative. Britain held the Presidency of the Council and the chair of the meeting was the Prime Minister, John Major.