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UNITED
NATIONS
S

        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
S/2005/637
10 October 2005

Original: English

Letter dated 7 October 2005 from the Permanent Representative
of Japan to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


I have the honour to attach herewith the assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of Japan in August 2005 (see annex). This assessment has been prepared under my own responsibility following consultations with other members 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) Kenzo Oshima
Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations


Annex to the letter dated 7 October 2005 from the Permanent
Representative of Japan to the United Nations addressed to the
Secretary-General

Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the
presidency of Japan (August 2005)

Introduction

Under the presidency of Japan during the month of August 2005, the Security Council undertook an active programme of work. The Council held 7 formal meetings in various formats, 15 consultations and a private meeting of the whole. It adopted three resolutions and four presidential statements. The President also made six statements to the press on behalf of the Council.

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Middle East

On 24 August, the Security Council heard an open briefing on the situation in the Middle East by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs following the start of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and parts of the northern West Bank.

The operation had proceeded relatively smoothly and with surprising speed owing to the cooperation and restraint generally observed by both sides. However, real and difficult challenges still lie ahead in forging common ground between Israelis and Palestinians as peace partners. As for Lebanon, several important developments had occurred, including the formal establishment of the new Government following a parliamentary vote of confidence.

In the informal consultations that followed, the members of the Council commended the ongoing implementation of this process and the assistance of the Quartet Special Envoy for Disengagement, James Wolfensohn. They appreciated the coordination between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority before and during the disengagement and called for further cooperation between the two sides in the forthcoming period. The Council members also underlined the importance of full and complete disengagement in a manner consistent with the road map and reiterated their call upon both parties to ensure continued progress in the full implementation of the road map and relevant resolutions towards the creation of an independent, viable, democratic and sovereign State of Palestine, existing side by side with Israel in peace and security.

A press statement was agreed upon and read out after the meeting.

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