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UNITED NATIONS
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Security Council
5126th Meeting (Night)
SC/8315
16 February 2005



SECURITY COUNCIL, IN PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT WELCOMES RESUMPTION OF DIRECT TALKS
 
BETWEEN ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, PRESIDENT OF PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY
Calls for Full Respect of Understandings
On Cessation of Violence, Military Activities


The Security Council this evening welcomed the Summit in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, on 8 February, and the resumption of direct talks between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.

In a statement read out by Council President Joel W. Adechi (Benin), the Council also underlined the understandings reached by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in particular that Palestinians would stop all acts of violence against Israelis and that Israel would cease all its military activities against Palestinians.  The Council called for the full respect by the parties of their commitments in that regard.

The Council recognized those understandings, along with other recent positive developments, as primary steps towards restoring confidence between the two parties and as a significant opportunity to enhance a new spirit of cooperation and to promote an atmosphere conducive to the establishment of peace and coexistence in the region.

In addition, the Council welcomed the initiative of the United Kingdom in convening an international meeting in London on 1 March to support Palestinian efforts to prepare the ground for a viable Palestinian State.  It also welcomed the upcoming ministerial meeting of the Quartet – European Union, Russian Federation, United Nations, United States – which would convene on the margins of the London meeting.

The meeting began at 6:36 p.m. and adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Presidential Statement

Following is the complete text of the presidential statement, which will be issued as document S/PRST/2005/6:


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