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This assessment has been prepared under my own responsibility following consultations with members of the Council, pursuant to the note by the President of the Security Council dated 12 June 1997 (S/1997/451), and should not be considered as representing the views of the Council.
I should be grateful if the present letter and its annex could be circulated as a document of the Security Council.
The situation in the Middle East, including the
The Security Council held an open debate on the situation in the Middle East on 4 October at which Algeria introduced a draft resolution. The Council voted on the draft resolution on 5 October, but failed to adopt it. Subsequently the Council heard a regular briefing by Sir Kieran Prendergast, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, on 22 October. In the informal consultations that followed, Council members discussed ways in which to reinvigorate the peace process and bring both parties back to the road map. In a brief statement to the press following consultations, the President highlighted the concerns of the Security Council at the lack of progress on the Middle East peace process and urged both parties to begin to implement, as soon as possible, the provisions of the road map.
On 5 October and 6 October the Permanent Representative of Lebanon and the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic each sent a letter to the President of the Council, explaining their positions on Security Council resolution 1559 (2004). The Council discussed the Secretary-General’s report (S/2004/777) on 8 October. Terje Roed-Larsen, the Secretary-General’s Coordinator for the Middle East, introduced the Secretary-General’s report and reiterated the Secretary-General’s conclusion that the requirements of the resolution had not been met. In discussion, members differed on the full implementation and on the need for follow-up. On 19 October the Council adopted a presidential statement (S/PRST/2004/36) in response to the Secretary-General’s report.