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UNITED
NATIONS
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        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
S/2004/1038
20 December 2004

Original: English


Letter dated 16 December 2004 from the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council


I have the honour to attach herewith the assessment of the work of the Security Council for the month of October 2004 (see annex).

This assessment has been prepared under my own responsibility following consultations with members of the Council, pursuant to the note by the President of the Security Council dated 12 June 1997 (S/1997/451), and should not be considered as representing the views of the Council.

I should be grateful if the present letter and its annex could be circulated as a document of the Security Council.


(Signed) Emyr Jones Parry



Annex to the letter dated 16 December 2004 from the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council


Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of the United Kingdom
(October 2004)


Introduction


The Security Council had a busy programme of work in October 2004. Open debates were held on justice and the rule of law; on women, peace and security; on counter-terrorism; and the Middle East. Open briefings, open to all States Members of the United Nations, were held on the Sudan, Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Great Lakes. The Council held two private meetings with troop-contributing countries. The Council also held 15 informal consultations of the whole and adopted four resolutions and four presidential statements.

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The situation in the Middle East, including the
Palestinian question


The Security Council held an open debate on the situation in the Middle East on 4 October at which Algeria introduced a draft resolution. The Council voted on the draft resolution on 5 October, but failed to adopt it. Subsequently the Council heard a regular briefing by Sir Kieran Prendergast, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, on 22 October. In the informal consultations that followed, Council members discussed ways in which to reinvigorate the peace process and bring both parties back to the road map. In a brief statement to the press following consultations, the President highlighted the concerns of the Security Council at the lack of progress on the Middle East peace process and urged both parties to begin to implement, as soon as possible, the provisions of the road map.

On 5 October and 6 October the Permanent Representative of Lebanon and the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic each sent a letter to the President of the Council, explaining their positions on Security Council resolution 1559 (2004). The Council discussed the Secretary-General’s report (S/2004/777) on 8 October. Terje Roed-Larsen, the Secretary-General’s Coordinator for the Middle East, introduced the Secretary-General’s report and reiterated the Secretary-General’s conclusion that the requirements of the resolution had not been met. In discussion, members differed on the full implementation and on the need for follow-up. On 19 October the Council adopted a presidential statement (S/PRST/2004/36) in response to the Secretary-General’s report.

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