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17 December 2002
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY FRED ECKHARD
SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS MANDATE OF UN OBSERVERS IN GOLAN HEIGHTS
This morning, the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1451 (2002) extending the mandate of the UN Disengagement Force in the Golan (UNDOF
) for a further six months, until June 30, 2003.
Earlier this morning, the Security Council held a meeting with troop contributing countries to the UNDOF. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hedi Annabi briefed members on the Secretary-General’s latest
. The new UN military advisor Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert
was introduce at the meeting.
Council members then went into consultations today on UNDOF with a view to a formal meeting to extend that mission's mandate by six months.
At 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Angola Ibrahim Gambari will brief the Council on the latest report, first in an open meeting and then in consultations.
Cyprus, which had been scheduled for this morning, has been moved to Wednesday afternoon.
Monday afternoon, Terje Roed Larsen, The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
the Council in an open meeting on the situation in the Middle East. Amid a growing consensus on the need for a two-State solution to the Middle East conflict, bloodshed and economic collapse are intensifying in the region, Larsen said. He urged the international efforts to reconcile plans with reality. Larsen also noted that the roadmap for peace outlined by the diplomatic Quartet - the United Nations, United States, Russian Federation and European Union - provides the best tool to achieve this goal. During consultations, a draft resolution on the recent deaths of three UN workers in Occupied Palestinian territory was introduced.