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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
A/54/2
15 June 1999

Official Records
Fifty-fourth session
Supplement No. 2 (A/54/2)



Report of the Security Council
16 June 1998–15 June 1999





Introduction



The present report, covering the period from 16 June 1998 to 15 June 1999, is submitted to the General Assembly by the Security Council in accordance with Article 24, paragraph 3, and Article 15, paragraph 1, of the Charter of the United Nations. It is the fifty-fourth annual report of the Security Council to the General Assembly. These reports are circulated as Supplement No. 2 to the Official Records of each regular session of the General Assembly.

As in previous years, the report is intended as a guide to the activities of the Security Council during the period covered. It should be noted, in this connection, that in December 1974 the Council decided to make its report shorter and more concise, without changing its basic structure (see Official Records of the Security Council, Twenty-ninth Year, Supplement for October, November and December 1974, document S/11586). Moreover, in January 1985, the Council agreed, in keeping with the spirit of its 1974 decision, to discontinue the practice of summarizing documents addressed to the President of the Council or to the Secretary-General and circulated as documents of the Council and instead simply to indicate the subject matter of those documents which related to the procedure of the Council (see Resolutions and Decisions of the Security Council, 1985, part II, document S/16913).

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Part I
Questions considered by the Security Council under its responsibility
for the maintenance of international peace and security

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Chapter 6
Items relating to the situation in
the Middle East


A. The situation in the occupied Arab territories


1. Consideration by the Security Council from 30 June to 13 July 1998


Meetings of the Council: 3900 (30 June 1998); 3904 (13 July 1998).
Resolutions adopted: None.
Verbatim records: S/PV.3900; S/PV.3900 (Resumption); S/PV.3904.
Presidential statements: S/PRST/1998/21.
Consultations of the whole: 17, 19, 23–26 and 30 June; 2, 8, 9 and 13 July 1998; 7 and 9 June 1999.

At the 3900th meeting, held on 30 June 1998 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the occupied Arab territories”, having before it a letter dated 23 June 1998 from the representative of the Sudan to the President of the Security Council (S/1998/558).

The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Algeria, Bangladesh, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, at their request, to participate in the discussion 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.

The President draw attention to a letter dated 26 June 1998 from the observer of Palestine (S/1998/587), requesting an invitation to participate in the discussion in accordance with the Council’s previous practice. In accordance with the Council’s provisional rules of procedure and the previous practice in this regard, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representative of Palestine to participate in the discussion.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 29 June 1998 from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the President, with the consent of the Council, extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure to the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Ibra Deguène Ka.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 29 June 1998 from the representative of Bahrain (S/1998/588), the President, with the consent of the Council, extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure to Ali Al-Salafi, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Office of the Permanent Observer for the League of Arab States to the United Nations.

The Council heard a statement by the representative of Palestine.

The representative of Israel made a statement.

The Council heard statements by the representatives of Bahrain, the Russian Federation, Costa Rica, Brazil, China, the United States of America, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (on behalf of the States members of the European Union and Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia, as well as Iceland and Liechtenstein, which aligned themselves with the statement), Japan, the Gambia, Kenya, France, Gabon, Slovenia and Sweden, and by the President, speaking in his capacity as the representative of Portugal.

Statements were also made by the representatives of the Sudan (on behalf of the Group of Arab States), the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Morocco, Norway, Qatar and Egypt.

The meeting was suspended.

Following the resumption of the meeting on the same date, in response to the request contained in a letter dated 30 June 1998 from the representative of Qatar (S/1998/592), the President, with the consent of the Council, extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure to Mokhtar Lamani, Permanent Observer for the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to the United Nations.

The Council heard statements by the representatives of the Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen and Lebanon.

In accordance with the decision taken earlier in the meeting, the Council heard a statement under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure by the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
The Council heard statements by the representatives of Jordan, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Mauritania, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Colombia and Cuba.

In accordance with the decisions taken earlier in the meeting, the Council heard statements under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure by the observers for the League of Arab States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representative of Peru, at his request, to participate in the discussion 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.

The representative of Peru made a statement.

At the 3904th meeting, held on 13 July 1998 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council resumed its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the occupied Arab territories”, having before it the letter dated 23 June 1998 from the representative of the Sudan to the President of the Security Council (S/1998/558).

In accordance with the decisions taken at the 3900th meeting, the President invited the representative of Israel and the representative of Palestine to take seats at the Council table.

The President made a statement on behalf of the Council (S/PRST/1998/21), in which the Council, inter alia, recognized the importance and sensitivity of the issue of Jerusalem to all parties and expressed its support for the decision of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Government of Israel, in accordance with the Declaration of Principles of 13 September 1993, that the permanent status negotiations should cover the issue of Jerusalem; called upon the parties to avoid actions which might prejudice the outcome of those negotiations; in the context of its previous relevant resolutions, considered the decision by the Government of Israel on 21 June 1998 to take steps to broaden the jurisdiction and planning boundaries of Jerusalem a serious and damaging development; therefore called upon the Government of Israel not to proceed with that decision and also not to take any other steps which would prejudice the outcome of the permanent status negotiations; supported the efforts of the United States of America aimed at breaking the stalemate in the peace process; called upon the parties to respond positively to those efforts; noted that the Palestinian side had already given agreement in principle to the United States proposals; and expressed the hope that the permanent status negotiations could resume and progress could be made towards the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace based on Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973). (For the full text of S/PRST/1998/21, see appendix VI.)


2. Communications received from 27 May 1998 to 15 June 1999, report of the Secretary-General and request for a meeting


Letter dated 27 May 1998 (S/1998/574) from the representative of Colombia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the documents of the Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, held at Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on 19 and 20 May 1998.

Letter dated 18 June (S/1998/535) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 22 June (S/1998/557) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 23 June (S/1998/558) from the representative of the Sudan addressed to the President of the Security Council, requesting, on behalf of the States members of the League of Arab States, the convening of an urgent meeting of the Security Council to consider the decision of the Government of Israel to expand the boundaries of the municipality of Jerusalem and to create “a municipal umbrella” that would include a number of Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

Identical letters dated 26 June (S/1998/579) from the representative of the Sudan addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council, transmitting, on behalf of the States members of the League of Arab States, a statement concerning the decision of the Government of Israel to expand the municipal borders of Jerusalem, issued on 25 June 1998 by the Council of the League of Arab States at its emergency meeting.

Letter dated 26 June (S/1998/587) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 29 June (S/1998/588) from the representative of Bahrain addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 29 June (S/1998/600) from the representative of Kuwait addressed to the President of the Security Council, transmitting the final communiqué adopted by the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council at its sixty-seventh session, held at Riyadh on 28 June 1998.

Letter dated 30 June (S/1998/592) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Note verbale dated 31 July (S/1998/716) from the Permanent Mission of Morocco to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final declaration of the seventeenth session of the Al-Quds Committee, held at Casablanca, Morocco, on 29 and 30 July 1998.

Letter dated 26 August (S/1998/807) from the representative of Austria addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement on the expansion of settlements in the Golan Heights issued on the same date by the Presidency of the European Union.

Letter dated 27 August (S/1998/816) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 7 October (S/1998/1071) from the representative of South Africa addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the documents of the Twelfth Conference of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned Countries, held at Durban, South Africa, from 29 August to 3 September 1998.

Letter dated 8 October (S/1998/932) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 30 October (S/1998/1019) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 30 October (S/1998/1021) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter of the same date from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Israel to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 2 November (S/1998/1024) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 2 November (S/1998/1025) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 6 November (S/1998/1044) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Report of the Secretary-General dated 10 November (S/1998/1050), submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 52/52 on the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine.

Letter dated 13 November (S/1998/1075) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 19 November (S/1998/1101) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 22 December (S/1998/1222) from the representative of the United Arab Emirates addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué and the Abu Dhabi declaration adopted by the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council at its nineteenth session, held in Abu Dhabi from 7 to 9 December 1998.

Letter dated 1 February 1999 (S/1999/105) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 9 February (S/1999/136) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 5 March (S/1999/248) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué and annexes thereto adopted at the Annual Coordination Meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of States members of OIC, held at United Nations Headquarters on 1 October 1998.

Letter dated 22 March (S/1999/308) from the representative of the United Arab Emirates addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a press release issued by the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council at its seventieth session, held at Riyadh on 14 and 15 March 1999.

Letter dated 25 March (S/1999/334) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 26 March (S/1999/348) from the representative of Germany addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement on the Middle East peace process issued on 25 March 1999 by the heads of State and Government of the European Union.

Letter dated 30 March (S/1999/365) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 19 April (S/1999/464) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 23 April (S/1999/474) from the observer of Palestine to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 3 May (S/1999/505) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter dated 29 April 1999 from the President of the Palestinian Authority and Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the Secretary-General, enclosing a statement by the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Letter dated 3 May (S/1999/507) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 4 May (S/1999/512) from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 7 May (S/1999/525) from the representative of Algeria addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 11 May (S/1999/597) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.


Letter dated 20 May (S/1999/587) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 3 June (S/1999/640) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.


B. The situation in the Middle East

1. United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and developments in the Israel-Lebanon sector

(a) Background information for the period from 16 June 1997 to 15 June 1998


Resolution 1122 (1997) The Security Council, inter alia, decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations
of 29 July 1997 Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for a further period of six months, until 31 January 1998.

Presidential statement The Security Council, inter alia, again stressed the urgent need for the implementation
(S/PRST/1997/40) of resolution 425 (1978) in all its aspects; expressed its concern over the continuing
of 29 July 1997 violence in southern Lebanon, regretted the loss of civilian life, and urged all parties to exercise restraint.

Resolution 1151 (1998) The Security Council, inter alia, decided to extend the mandate of UNIFIL for a further
of 30 January 1998 period of six months, until 31 July 1998.

Presidential statement The Security Council, inter alia, again stressed the urgent need for the implementation
(S/PRST/1998/2) of resolution 425 (1978) in all its aspects; expressed its concern over the continuing
of 30 January 1998 violence in southern Lebanon, regretted the loss of civilian life, and urged all parties to exercise restraint.


(b) Consideration by the Security Council from 23 July 1998 to 28 January 1999


Meetings of the Council: 3913 (30 July 1998); 3970 (28 January 1999).
Resolutions adopted: 1188 (1998); 1223 (1999).
Presidential statements: S/PRST/1998/23; S/PRST/1999/4.
Verbatim records: S/PV.3913; S/PV.3970.
Consultations of the whole: 14–16, 20 and 23 July; 16 September; 23 December 1998; 26 January; 24 and 26 February; 2 June 1999.

At the informal consultations of the whole of the Security Council held on 23 July 1998, the members of the Council took up the report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (S/1998/652).

At the 3913th meeting, held on 30 July 1998 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East”, having before it the report of the Secretary-General on UNIFIL (S/1998/652).

The President drew attention to a draft resolution (S/1998/682) that had been prepared in the course of the Council’s prior consultations, which he put to the vote.

Decision: At the 3913th meeting, on 30 July 1998, draft resolution S/1998/682 was adopted unanimously as resolution 1188 (1998).

By resolution 1188 (1998), the Security Council, inter alia, decided to extend the mandate of UNIFIL for a further period of six months, until 31 January 1999. (For the full text of resolution 1188 (1998), see appendix V.)

At the same meeting, the President made a statement on behalf of the Council (S/PRST/1998/23), in which the Council, inter alia, again stressed the urgent need for the implementation of resolution 425 (1998) in all its aspects; expressed its concern over the continuing violence in southern Lebanon, regretted the loss of civilian life, and urged all parties to exercise restraint. (For the full text of S/PRST/1998/23, see appendix VI.)

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 16 September 1998, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on the military confrontation between a UNIFIL patrol from the Norwegian battalion and the Israeli Defence Forces in Lebanon.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 23 December 1998, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on an Israeli air raid on 22 December 1998 in the Bekaa Valley.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 26 January 1999, the members of the Council took up the report of the Secretary-General on UNIFIL (S/1999/61).

At the 3970th meeting, held on 28 January 1999 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East”, having before it the report of the Secretary-General of UNIFIL (S/1999/61).

The President drew attention to a draft resolution (S/1999/75) that had been prepared in the course of the Council’s prior consultations, which he put to the vote.

Decision: At the 3970th meeting, on 28 January 1999, draft resolution S/1999/75 was adopted unanimously as resolution 1223 (1999).

By resolution 1223 (1999), the Security Council, inter alia, decided to extend the mandate of UNIFIL for a further period of six months, until 31 July 1999. (For the full text of resolution 1223 (1999), see appendix V.)

At the same meeting, the President made a statement on behalf of the Council (S/PRST/1999/4), along the lines of the statement of 30 July 1998 (S/PRST/1998/23). (For the full text of S/PRST/1999/4, see appendix VI.)


(c) Communications received from 27 May 1998 to 15 June 1999 and reports of the Secretary-General


Letter dated 27 May 1998 (S/1998/574) from the representative of Colombia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the documents of the Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, held at Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on 19 and 20 May 1998.

Letter dated 16 June (S/1998/522) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 24 June (S/1998/570) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter dated 23 June 1998 from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lebanon to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 26 June (S/1998/584) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Report of the Secretary-General dated 16 July on UNIFIL (S/1998/652), submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1151 (1998), describing developments since his report of 20 January 1998 (S/1998/53) and recommending that the Council accede to the request of the Government of Lebanon and extend the mandate of UNIFIL for another period of six months, until 31 January 1999.

Letter dated 20 July (S/1998/666) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 10 August (S/1998/738) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 25 September (S/1998/900) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 7 October (S/1998/1071) from the representative of South Africa addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the documents of the Twelfth Conference of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned Countries, held at Durban, South Africa, from 29 August to 3 September 1998.

Letter dated 16 October (S/1998/975) from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council, proposing, following the usual consultations, that India be added to the list of Member States providing military personnel to UNIFIL.

Letter dated 20 October (S/1998/976) from the President of the Security Council addressed to the Secretary-General, informing him that his letter dated 16 October 1998 (S/1998/975) had been brought to the attention of the members of the Council and that they agreed with the proposal contained therein.

Letter dated 22 October (S/1998/989) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 3 November (S/1998/1030) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lebanon to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 12 November (S/1998/1070) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 11 December (S/1998/1161) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 23 December (S/1998/1215) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 28 December (S/1998/1230) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 4 January 1999 (S/1999/6) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 8 January (S/1999/22) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 8 January (S/1999/23) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 11 January (S/1999/33) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Report of the Secretary-General dated 19 January on UNIFIL (S/1999/61), submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1188 (1998), describing developments since his last report (S/1998/652), and recommending that the mandate of UNIFIL be extended for another period of six months, until 31 July 1999.

Letter dated 26 January (S/1999/69) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 11 February (S/1999/146) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter from the national follow-up committee for the support of Lebanese detainees in Israeli prisons to the Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, and enclosures.

Letter dated 12 February (S/1999/150) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 12 February (S/1999/158) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.
Letter dated 18 February (S/1999/172 and Corr.1) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 22 February (S/1999/185) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 8 March (S/1999/257) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 16 March (S/1999/300) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 24 March (S/1999/326) from the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 24 March (S/1999/333) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 8 April (S/1999/399) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 15 April (S/1999/430) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 19 April (S/1999/463) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 20 April (S/1999/459) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 7 May (S/1999/525) from the representative of Algeria addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 19 May (S/1999/586) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.



2. United Nations Disengagement Observer Force


(a) Background information for the period from 16 June 1997 to 15 June 1998


Resolution 1139 (1997) The Security Council, inter alia, decided to renew the mandate of the United Nations
of 21 November 1997 Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for another period of six months, until 31 May 1998.

Presidential statement The Security Council, inter alia, stated that paragraph 9 of the Secretary-General’s
(S/PRST/1997/53) report on UNDOF (S/1997/884) reflected the view of the Security Council.
of 21 November 1997

Resolution 1169 (1998) The Security Council, inter alia, decided to renew the mandate of UNDOF for another
of 27 May 1998 period of six months, until 30 November 1998.

Presidential statement The Security Council, inter alia, stated that paragraph 10 of the Secretary-General’s
(S/PRST/1998/15) report on UNDOF (S/1998/391) reflected the view of the Security Council.
of 27 May 1998


(b) Consideration by the Security Council from 24 November 1998 to 27 May 1999


Meetings of the Council: 3947 (25 November 1998); 4009 (27 May 1999).
Resolutions adopted: 1211 (1998); 1243 (1999).
Presidential statements: S/PRST/1998/33; S/PRST/1999/15.
Verbatim records: S/PV.3947; S/PV.4009.
Consultations of the whole: 24 November 1998; 27 May 1999.

At the informal consultations of the whole of the Security Council held on 24 November 1998, the members of the Council took up the report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (S/1998/1073), which was introduced by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.

At the 3947th meeting, held on 25 November 1998 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East”, having before it the report of the Secretary-General on UNDOF (S/1998/1073).

The President drew attention to a draft resolution (S/1998/1115) that had been prepared in the course of the Council’s prior consultations, which he put to the vote.

Decision: At the 3947th meeting, on 25 November 1998, draft resolution S/1998/1115 was adopted unanimously as resolution 1211 (1998).

By resolution 1211 (1998), the Security Council, inter alia, decided to renew the mandate of UNDOF for another period of six months, until 31 May 1999. (For the full text of resolution 1211 (1998), see appendix V.)

At the same meeting, the President made a statement on behalf of the Council (S/PRST/1998/33), in which the Council, inter alia, stated that the statement in paragraph 8 of the Secretary-General’s report on UNDOF (S/1998/1073) reflected the view of the Security Council. (For the full text of S/PRST/1998/33, see appendix VI.)

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 27 May 1999, the members of the Council took up the report of the Secretary-General on UNDOF (S/1999/575).

At the 4009th meeting, held on 27 May 1999 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East”, having before it the report of the Secretary-General on UNDOF (S/1999/575).

The President drew attention to a draft resolution (S/1999/609) that had been prepared in the course of the Council’s prior consultations, which he put to the vote.

Decision: At the 4009th meeting, on 27 May 1999, draft resolution S/1999/609 was adopted unanimously as resolution 1243 (1999).

By resolution 1243 (1999), the Security Council, inter alia, decided to renew the mandate of UNDOF for another period of six months, until 30 November 1999. (For the full text of resolution 1243 (1999), see appendix V.)

At the same meeting, the President made a statement (S/PRST/1999/15), in which the Council, inter alia, stated that the statement in paragraph 11 of the Secretary-General’s report on UNDOF (S/1999/575) reflected the view of the Security Council. (For the full text of S/PRST/1999/15, see appendix VI.)


(c) Communications received from 27 May 1998 to 15 June 1999 and reports of the Secretary-General


Letter dated 27 May 1998 (S/1998/574) from the representative of Colombia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the documents of the Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, held at Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on 19 and 20 May 1998.

Letter dated 26 August (S/1998/807) from the representative of Austria addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement on the expansion of settlements in the Golan Heights issued on the same date by the Presidency of the European Union.

Letter dated 14 September (S/1998/873) from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council, informing him that, following the usual consultations, it was his intention to appoint Brigadier General Cameron Ross (Canada) to the post of Force Commander of UNDOF.

Letter dated 21 September (S/1998/874) from the President of the Security Council addressed to the Secretary-General, informing him that his letter dated 14 September 1998 (S/1998/873) had been brought to the attention of the members of the Council and that they took note of the intention contained therein.

Letter dated 7 October (S/1998/1071) from the representative of South Africa addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the documents of the Twelfth Conference of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned Countries, held at Durban, South Africa, from 29 August to 3 September 1998.

Report of the Secretary-General dated 14 November on UNDOF (S/1998/1073), describing the activities of UNDOF during the period from 15 May to 14 November 1998 in pursuance of the mandate contained in Security Council resolution 350 (1974), and recommending that the mandate of UNDOF be extended for a further period of six months, until 31 May 1999.

Letter dated 5 March 1999 (S/1999/248) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué and annexes thereto adopted at the Annual Coordination Meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of States members of OIC, held at United Nations Headquarters on 1 October 1998.
Identical letters dated 7 May (S/1999/525) from the representative of Algeria addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Report of the Secretary-General dated 18 May on UNDOF (S/1999/575), describing the activities of UNDOF during the period from 15 November 1998 to 15 May 1999 in pursuance of the mandate contained in Security Council resolution 350 (1974) and extended in subsequent resolutions, and recommending that the mandate of the Force be extended for a further period of six months, until 30 November 1999.


3. Other aspects of the situation in the Middle East


(a) Consideration by the Security Council on 9 September 1998


Meetings of the Council: None.
Resolutions adopted: None.
Presidential statements: None.
Verbatim records: None.
Consultations of the whole: 9 September; 23 October 1998.

At the informal consultations of the whole of the Security Council held on 9 September 1998, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Secretary-General, which, inter alia, covered his meeting with the President of the Palestinian Authority and the impasse in the peace process.


(b) Communications received from 27 May 1998 to 15 June 1999 and report of the Secretary-General


Letter dated 27 May 1998 (S/1998/574) from the representative of Colombia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the documents of the Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, held at Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on 19 and 20 May 1998.

Letter dated 29 June (S/1998/600) from the representative of Kuwait addressed to the President of the Security Council, transmitting the final communiqué adopted by the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council at its sixty-seventh session, held at Riyadh on 28 June 1998.

Letter dated 17 July (S/1998/679) from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council, proposing, following the usual consultations, that Slovakia and Slovenia be added to the list of States providing military observers to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO).
Letter dated 22 July (S/1998/680) from the President of the Security Council addressed to the Secretary-General, informing him that his letter dated 17 July 1998 (S/1998/679) had been brought to the attention of the members of the Council and that they agreed with the proposal contained therein.

Letter dated 31 August (S/1998/822) from the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 24 September (S/1998/890) from the representatives of China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement issued on the same date by their Ministers for Foreign Affairs following their meeting with the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 7 October (S/1998/1071) from the representative of South Africa addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the documents of the Twelfth Conference of Heads of State or Government of Non-Aligned Countries, held at Durban, South Africa, from 29 August to 3 September 1998.

Letter dated 20 October (S/1998/984) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 30 October (S/1998/1021) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter of the same date from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Israel to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 2 November (S/1998/1024) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Report of the Secretary-General dated 10 November (S/1998/1050), submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 52/52 on the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine.

Letter dated 19 November (S/1998/1101) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 22 December (S/1998/1222) from the representative of the United Arab Emirates addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué and the Abu Dhabi declaration adopted by the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council at its nineteenth session, held in Abu Dhabi from 7 to 9 December 1998.

Letter dated 1 February 1999 (S/1999/105) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 5 March (S/1999/248) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué and annexes thereto adopted at the Annual Coordination Meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of States members of OIC, held at United Nations Headquarters on 1 October 1998.

Letter dated 22 March (S/1999/308) from the representative of the United Arab Emirates addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a press release issued by the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council at its seventieth session, held at Riyadh on 14 and 15 March 1999.

Letter dated 26 March (S/1999/348) from the representative of Germany addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement on the Middle East peace process issued on 25 March 1999 by the heads of State and Government of the European Union.

Letter dated 19 April (S/1999/464) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 7 May (S/1999/525) from the representative of Algeria addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

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Statement by the President of the Security Council (S/PRST/1998/21)

At the 3904th meeting of the Security Council, held on 13 July 1998 in connection with the Council’s consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the occupied Arab territories”, the President of the Security Council made the following statement on behalf of the Council:

“The Security Council has considered the letters dated 18 and 22 June 1998 (S/1998/535 and S/1998/557), as well as the letters dated 8, 9 and 15 June 1998 (S/1998/481, S/1998/487 and S/1998/511), from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, and the letter dated 23 June 1998 (S/1998/558) from the Permanent Representative of the Sudan to the United Nations on behalf of the States members of the League of Arab States relating to the issue of Jerusalem.

“The Council recognizes the importance and sensitivity of the issue of Jerusalem to all parties and expresses its support for the decision of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Government of Israel, in accordance with the Declaration of Principles of 13 September 1993, that the permanent status negotiations shall cover the issue of Jerusalem. The Council therefore calls upon the parties to avoid actions which might prejudice the outcome of these negotiations.

“In the context of its previous relevant resolutions, the Council considers the decision by the Government of Israel on 21 June 1998 to take steps to broaden the jurisdiction and planning boundaries of Jerusalem a serious and damaging development. The Council therefore calls upon the Government of Israel not to proceed with that decision and also not to take any other steps which would prejudice the outcome of the permanent status negotiations. Further, the Council also calls upon Israel to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949.

“The Council supports the efforts of the United States aimed at breaking the stalemate in the peace process, calls upon the parties to respond positively to these efforts, notes that the Palestinian side has already given agreement in principle to the United States proposals, and expresses the hope that the permanent status negotiations can resume and progress can be made towards the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace based on Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 and 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973.

“The Council will keep Israeli actions under review.”

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Addendum


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Sweden (September 1998)

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Following a request contained in a letter dated 25 August from the Secretary-General to the President of the Security Council referring to General Assembly resolution 52/52 of 9 December 1997 on the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, the Council on 22 September forwarded to the Secretary-General its views on developments in the occupied territories and the Middle East region. The full reply was to be included in the report of the Secretary-General pursuant to Assembly resolution 52/52 (see A/53/652–S/1998/1050).

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United States of America (November 1998)

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Asia/Middle East

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Golan Heights

Mr. Annabi on 24 November provided Council members with a brief update on UNDOF in the Golan Heights. Mr. Annabi reported that the ceasefire in the Israel-Syria sector had been maintained without serious incident over the past six months and that the area of operations had remained calm. He noted that the Secretary-General had recommended that the UNDOF mandate be extended for another six months (S/1998/1073). The Council, on 25 November, adopted resolution 1211 (1998) extending the UNDOF mandate six months as recommended and issued a presidential statement (S/PRST/1998/33).

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Brazil (January 1999)

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Asia/Middle East

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Lebanon

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A meeting with UNIFIL troop contributors was held on 26 January. On the afternoon of the same day, Council members were briefed on the situation in South Lebanon, where both sides were said to be exercising a certain degree of restraint. Although UNIFIL had contributed to improving the local dynamics, the region remained subject to low-level hostilities. The draft resolution and presidential statement circulated on this occasion reproduced previously adopted language. In its resolution 1223 (1999), adopted by consensus on 28 January, the Council extended the mandate of UNIFIL until 31 July. The adoption of the resolution was followed by the reading of a presidential statement (S/PRST/1999/4).

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Gambia (June 1999)

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Asia and the Middle East

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Lebanon

On 2 June 1999, the members of the Council were informed of an incident involving the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. The briefing revealed that a mortar round fired from a position of the Israeli Defence Forces/de facto forces, at about 0500 hours on 31 May 1999 impacted at a United Nations position located on the edge of Brashit, while another round impacted 15 metres from the position. An Irish soldier was said to have been killed and two others wounded. Members were also informed that just before the incident, armed elements fired three mortar rounds at the Israeli Defence Forces/de facto forces position. Their location was said to be about 1 kilometre away from the United Nations position.

A note verbale by the Secretary-General dated 1 June 1999 was circulated to all the members. The note contained information about the incident and the Secretary-General’s condemnation of the attack against United Nations personnel and call for the respect of the non-combatant status of the United Nations.

The members of the Council condemned the attack against United Nations personnel and called upon the Government of Israel to take all necessary measures to ensure that the Israeli Defence Forces and their local Lebanese auxiliary would respect the non-combatant status of UNIFIL. They also expressed their condolences to the family of the Irish soldier who was killed and wished the injured soldiers speedy recovery. At the end of the meeting, the President was asked to make a statement to the press reflecting the views of the members.

On 25 June 1999, among other matters, the members of the Council were briefed by the Secretariat on the escalation of tensions in the Israel-Lebanon sector, which has affected civilians as well as UNIFIL. The members of the Council called upon both sides to cease hostilities and respect the resolutions of the Security Council, including resolution 425 (1978). They also called upon both sides to cooperate with UNIFIL and the Israel-Lebanon Monitoring Group in containing the conflict. The President was authorized to make a statement to the press along the same lines.


Question of Palestine

The President of the Security Council received two letters from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations dated 3 and 4 June 1999. The letters raised the issue of illegal expansion of settlements by Israel and the participation of Palestine in the meetings of the Security Council, respectively.

The letters were discussed by members on 4 June, among other matters. On the issue of settlements, the members agreed that, owing to recent political developments in Israel, the time was not propitious to engage the issue. On the issue of the participation of Palestine in the work of the Council, the members agreed to defer consideration of the subject.

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The situation in the Middle East (2 June 1999)


The members of the Security Council have taken note of the information provided by the Secretary-General in his note verbale of 1 June 1999 to the President of the Security Council which indicated that a mortar round fired from a position of the de facto forces on 31 May 1999 had impacted at a United Nations position located on the edge of Brashit, while another round impacted 15 metres from the United Nations position. As a result, an Irish soldier serving with UNIFIL was killed and two others were wounded, one of them seriously.

The members of the Security Council express their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims.

The members of the Security Council condemn any action that violates the non-combatant status of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

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The members of the Council expressed deep concern at the escalation of tensions in the Israel-Lebanon sector, which has affected civilians as well as UNIFIL.

The members of the Council call on both sides immediately to cease all hostilities and respect the resolutions of the Security Council, including resolution 425 (1978).

The members of the Council also call on both sides to cooperate with UNIFIL and the Israel-Lebanon Monitoring Group in containing the conflict.

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