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Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France told reporters that the meeting, open to all UN members, will be held at the request of Palestine and the Arab Group of States.
Asked why there was no Council statement on the matter, he said consensus was required. Despite "difficult" discussions among experts which began yesterday, "it was not possible to reach a consensus," he said.
In response to another question, the Council President confirmed that the Israeli Foreign Minister was expected to attend the meeting.