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UNITED
NATIONS
S

        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
S/2002/493
29 April 2002

Original: English

Letter dated 29 April 2002 from the Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations
addressed to the President of the Security Council

I attach my assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of China in July 2001 (see annex). The present 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 the attached assessment could be circulated as a document of the Security Council.


(Signed) Wang Yingfan
Ambassador
Permanent Representative



Annex to the letter dated 29 April 2002 from the Permanent Representative
of China to the United Nations addressed to the President of the
Security Council

Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of
China (July 2001)

Introduction


Under the presidency of Ambassador Wang Yingfan, Permanent Representative of China, the Security Council addressed a number of important issues in July, including Sierra Leone, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Somalia, Guinea-Bissau, Afghanistan, East Timor, Georgia, Lebanon and Kosovo (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia). Thanks to the cooperation of members of the Council and the support of the Secretariat, the work of the Council in July was organized in a practical and orderly manner, with due priority given to some prominent issues without neglecting other questions on the Council’s agenda.

During the month, the Council held eight public meetings and 12 consultations of the whole. Meetings with countries contributing troops to UNMOP, UNIFIL and UNOMIG were also held. The Council adopted six resolutions and two presidential statements. Upon request and with the concurrence of Council members, the President made nine statements to the press after informal consultations on various issues (see appendix). Immediately after informal consultations, the Presidency briefed Member States not members of the Council. Through its web site (www.china-un.org), the presidency published, on a regular basis and in a timely fashion, the provisional programme of work of the Council as well as activities carried out by the Council in July.

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Middle East

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Lebanon

On 3 July, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations briefed the members of the Council on the recent crossfire incidents in southern Lebanon. Members of the Council expressed their concern at the violations of the Blue Line and called for the easing of tension and full respect of the Line. They hoped that the parties concerned would exercise restraint, so as to avoid further deterioration of the situation. The President made a statement to the press after the meeting.

On 12 July, members of the Council heard a briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on developments concerning the videotape taken by soldiers of UNIFIL after the abduction of three Israeli soldiers by Hizbollah last October.

On 25 July, members of the Council held informal consultations to consider the report of the Secretary-General on UNIFIL (S/2001/714). The Under-Secretary-General updated the Council members on recent developments on the ground. Members of the Council expressed their deep concern about the continuing violation of the Blue Line. They also expressed support for the extension of the mandate of UNIFIL as suggested by the Secretary-General in his report.

On 31 July, the Council held a formal meeting and adopted unanimously resolution 1365 (2001), by which the mandate of UNIFIL was extended to 31 January 2002.

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