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        Security Council
31 January 2008

Original: English

Summary statement by the Secretary-General on matters of
which the Security Council is seized and on the stage reached
in their consideration


Pursuant to rule 11 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council, and in accordance with paragraph 7 of the note by the President dated 19 December 2007 (S/2007/749), the Secretary-General is submitting the following summary statement.

The complete list of items of which the Security Council was seized as at 5 January 2008 is contained in document S/2008/10 of 11 January 2008.

The present addendum lists the items on which the Security Council took action during the week ending 26 January 2008. The dates given for each item indicate when the item was first taken up by the Council at a formal meeting, and the most recent formal meeting of the Council held on that item.


The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
(3 October 2000; 22 January 2008)

The Security Council resumed its consideration of the item at its 5824th meeting, held on 22 January 2008. The Council, under rule 37 of its provisional rules of procedure, invited the representatives of Cuba, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia and the Syrian Arab Republic, at their request, to participate in the consideration of the item without the right to vote. Under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, the Council extended invitations to B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, and Yahya Mahmassani, Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 21 January 2008 from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2008/32), the President, in accordance with the rules of procedure and the previous practice in that regard, invited the Permanent Observer of Palestine to participate in the meeting.



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