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UNITED
NATIONS
S

        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
S/2004/56
21 January 2004

Original: English


Letter dated 20 January 2004 from the Permanent Representative of Angola to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council


I have the honour to forward herewith the assessment of the work of the Security Council for the month of November 2003, during the Presidency of Angola (see annex).

In the absence of any objection by the members of the Council to the present assessment, I kindly request that it be circulated as a document of the Security Council.


(Signed) Ismael A. Gaspar Martins
Ambassador
Permanent Representative
Annex

Annex to the letter dated 20 January 2004 from the Permanent Representative of Angola to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council


Assessment of the Security Council work during the Presidency of Angola (November 2003)


Introduction


The Security Council was presided in the month of November 2003 by Ambassador Ismael Gaspar Martins, Permanent Representative of Angola to the United Nations. During the month, the Council held 29 meetings: 11 closed consultations; 6 open briefings; 5 formal meetings; 4 private meetings and 3 public meetings; adopted five resolutions: on the situation of Côte d’Ivoire, on the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, on Cyprus and on the situation between Iraq and Kuwait; adopted six presidential statements: on Somalia, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the importance of mine action for peacekeeping operations, the Great Lakes region and the situation between Iraq and Kuwait. The President of the Security Council issued statements to the press relating to Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and Afghanistan.

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Middle East

On 19 November, the Security Council held its monthly regular open briefing on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Sir Kieran Prendergast, briefed the Security Council, stating that with a new Palestinian Prime Minister in place, all parties involved in peace-building between Israelis and Palestinians should recommit themselves to the process and leave behind the inaction of the past month. In the ensuing closed consultations, the members of the Council agreed on the text of a draft resolution, sponsored by Bulgaria, Chile, China, France, Germany, Guinea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Spain and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and adopted unanimously as resolution 1515 (2003). In the resolution, the Council endorsed the Quartet performance-based road map to a permanent two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and calls upon the parties to fulfil their obligations under the road map in cooperation with the Quartet and to achieve the vision of two States living side by side in peace and security.

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