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22 May 2001
[Not issued as a UN document]
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL,
AMBASSADOR JAMES B. CUNNINGHAM, ACTING UNITED STATES
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED NATIONS,
AT THE SECURITY COUNCIL STAKE-OUT, MAY 22, 2001
Ambassador Cunningham: We had discussion of two subjects today - the Middle East and Angola and I have brief statements on both subjects.
The Secretary-General briefed the Council on the situation in the Middle East which is of deep concern to all members. Council members expressed their full support for the work of the Secretary-General and his special envoy in the region to halt the violence and resume dialogue.
Council members also noted the positive contributions made by the Egyptians and the Jordanians in that regard.
Council members welcomed the publication of the Mitchell Committee report and the positive reaction to the report from the parties. They also welcomed Secretary Powell's statement yesterday and its demonstration of U.S. engagement.
Council members condemned the violence and called for an unconditional cessation of violence by both sides. Council members expressed support for the report and appealed to the parties to give serious consideration to the Committee's recommendations - and called on the parties immediately to begin the steps required to implement those recommendations, including on confidence-building measures.
Council members expressed their support for all efforts to bring violence to an end, build confidence, and advance the prospects for peace.