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UNITED
NATIONS
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        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
S/2004/20/Add.40
14 October 2004

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

Addendum

Pursuant to rule 11 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council, the Secretary-General is submitting the following summary statement.

The list of items of which the Security Council is seized is contained in documents S/2004/20 of 14 February 2004, S/2004/20/Add.4 of 5 March 2004, S/2004/20/Add.12 of 7 May 2004, S/2004/20/Add.15 of 28 May 2004, S/2004/20/Add.16 of 4 June 2004, S/2004/20/Add.20 of 2 July 2004, S/2004/20/Add.21 of 9 July 2004, S/2004/20/Add.23 of 23 July 2004, S/2004/20/Add.25 of 6 August 2004, S/2004/20/Add.29 of 18 August 2004 and S/2004/20/Add.38 of 28 September 2004.

During the week ending 9 October 2004, the Security Council took action on the following items:

The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question ( see S/2000/40/Add.39, 44, 46, 47 and 50; S/2001/15/Add.11-13, 34 and 50; S/2002/30/Add.7, 8, 10, 12-15, 17, 23, 24, 28, 29, 37, 38, 45 and 50; S/2003/40/Add.2, 6, 11, 15, 20, 23, 28, 33, 37, 41, 42, 46 and 49; and S/2004/20/Add.2, 7, 11, 12, 16, 20, 25, 28, 32 and 37; see also S/7382, S/7441, S/7452, S/7564, S/7570, S/7596, S/7600, S/7913, S/7923, S/7976, S/8000, S/8048, S/8066, S/8215, S/8242, S/8252, S/8269, S/8502, S/8525, S/8534, S/8564, S/8575, S/8584, S/8595, S/8747, S/8753, S/8807, S/8815, S/8828, S/8836, S/8885, S/8896, S/8960, S/9123, S/9135, S/9319, S/9382, S/9395, S/9406, S/9427 and Corr.1, S/9449, S/9452, S/9805, S/9812, S/9930, S/10327, S/10341, S/10554, S/10557, S/10703, S/10721, S/10729, S/10743, S/10770/Add.4, S/10855/Add.15, 16, 23, 24, 29, 30, 33, 41, 43, 44 and 50; S/11185/Add.14-16, 21, 42/Rev.1 and 47; S/11593/Add.15, 21, 29, 42 and 49; S/11935/Add.2-4, 12, 18-21, 23-26, 42, 44, 45 and 48; S/12269/Add.12, 13, 21, 42, 43 and 48; S/12520/Add.10, 11, 17, 21, 37, 39, 42, 47 and 48; S/13033/Add.2, 9-11, 16, 19, 21, 23, 25, 28, 29, 33, 34, 47 and 50; S/13737/Add.7, 8, 13-18, 20-22, 24-26, 33, 47 and 50; S/14326/Add.10, 11, 20, 24, 28, 29, 47 and 50; S/14840/Add.1-4, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16, 21-25, 27, 30-33, 37, 42, 45 and 48; S/15560/Add.3, 6, 7, 20, 21, 29-31, 37, 42, 45, 47 and 48; S/16270/Add.6-8, 15, 20, 21, 34, 35, 40 and 47; S/16880/Add.8-10, 15, 20, 21, 36, 40, 41 and 46; S/17725/Add.2-4, 15, 21, 28, 35, 38, 43 and 47-49; S/18570/Add.2, 21, 30, 47 and 49-51; S/19420/Add.1-5, 13, 15, 18, 19, 22 and Corr.1, 30, 48 and 50; S/20370/Add.4-6, 12, 16, 21, 22, 26, 30, 32, 34, 37, 44, 46, 47 and 51; S/21100/Add.4, 10, 12, 17, 20, 21, 30, 39, 40, 42, 44, 45 and 47-50; S/22110/Add.4, 12, 20, 21, 30 and 47; S/23370/Add.1, 4, 7, 13, 21, 30, 47 and 50; S/25070/Add.4, 21, 30 and 48; S/1994/20/Add.3, 8, 10, 20, 29 and 47; S/1995/40/Add.4, 8, 18, 19, 21, 29 and 47; S/1996/15/Add.4, 15, 21, 30, 38 and 47; S/1997/40/Add.4, 9, 11, 21, 30 and 46; S/1998/44/Add.4, 21, 26, 28, 30 and 47; S/1999/25/Add.3, 20, 29 and 46; S/2000/40/Add.4, 15, 20, 21, 24, 29 and 47; S/2001/15/Add.5, 22, 31 and 48; S/20 02/30/Add.4, 21, 30 and 50; S/2003/40/Add.4, 25, 30, 40 and 51; and S/2004/20/Add.4, 26, 29, 30 and 35)

By a letter dated 4 October 2004 addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2004/779), the Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Group of Arab States for the month of October 2004, and on behalf of the States members of the League of Arab States, requested that an immediate meeting of the Security Council be convened “to consider the grave escalation in the situation in the Palestinian occupied territory as a result of the continuous Israeli aggression in northern Gaza, and to take the required measures to stop the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people”.

The Security Council resumed its consideration of the item at its 5049th and 5051st meetings, held on 4 and 5 October 2004, respectively, in response to the above request.

At the 5049th meeting, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Cuba, Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Africa, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia and Turkey, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 4 October 2004 from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2004/780), 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 discussion.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 4 October 2004 from the Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations (S/2004/781), the President, with the consent of the Council, extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure to Yahya Mahmassani, Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 4 October 2004 from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the President extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure to Ravan Farhâdi, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

At the 5051st meeting, the President drew attention to a draft resolution (S/2004/783) submitted by Algeria, Pakistan and Tunisia.

The Security Council proceeded to vote on draft resolution S/2004/783, which received 11 votes in favour (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Spain), 1 against (United States of America) and three abstentions (Germany, Romania, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), and was not adopted, owing to the negative vote of a permanent member of the Council.

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