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Thursday, 14 June 2006, 10 a.m.
The situation in the Middle East
The President: I should like to inform the Council that I have received a letter from the representative of Lebanon, in which he requests to be invited to participate in the consideration of the item on the Council’s agenda. In conformity with the usual practice, I propose, with the consent of the Council, to invite that representative to participate in the consideration, without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.
There being no objection, it is so decided.
At the invitation of the President, Mr. Boutros Assaker (Lebanon) took a seat at the Council table.
The President: The Security Council will now begin its consideration of the item on its agenda. The Council is meeting in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations.
Members of the Council have before them document S/2006/375, which contains the text of a letter dated 10 June 2006 from the Secretary-General to the President of the Security Council, transmitting the fourth report of the International Independent Investigation Commission.
I wish to draw the attention of members to document S/2006/278, which contains the text of a letter dated 5 May 2006 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General. Members also have before them document S/2006/392, which contains the text of a draft resolution submitted by France, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America.
It is my understanding that the Council is ready to proceed to the vote on the draft resolution before it. Unless I hear any objection, I shall now put the draft resolution to the vote.
A vote was taken by show of hands.
Argentina, China, Congo, Denmark, France, Ghana, Greece, Japan, Peru, Qatar, Russian Federation, Slovakia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America
The President: There were 15 votes in favour. The draft resolution has been adopted unanimously as resolution 1686 (2006).
The Security Council has thus concluded the present stage of its consideration of the item on its agenda.
The meeting rose at 10.10 a.m.
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