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I should be grateful if the present letter and the attached assessment could be circulated as a document of the Security Council.
Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of
China (July 2001)
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.
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.