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23 December 1980
SUMMARY STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON MATTERS
OF WHICH THE SECURITY COUNCIL IS SEIZED AND ON THE STAGE REACHED IN THEIR CONSIDERATION
Pursuant to rule 11 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council, the Secretary-General is submitting the following summary statement.
The list of items of which the Security Council is seized is contained in document S/13737/Add.35 of 10 September 1980 and S/13737/Add.38 of 3 October 1980.
During the week ending 5 April 1980, the Security Council took action on the following item:
The Situation in the Middle East (see S/7913, S/7923, S/7976, S/8000, S/8048, S/8066, S/8215, S/8242, S/8252, S/8269, S/8502, S/8525, S/8534, S/8564, S/8575, S/8584, S/8595, S/8747, S/8753, S/8807, S/8815, S/8828, S/8836, S/8885, S/8896, S/8960, S/9123, S/9135, S/9319, S/9382, S/9395, S/9406, S/9427 and Corr.1, S/9449, S/9452, S/9805, S/9812, S/9930, S/10327, S/10341, S/10554, S/10557, S/10703, S/10721, S/10729, S/10743, S/10770/Add.4, S/10855/Add.15, S/10855/Add.16, S/10855/Add.23, S/10855/Add.24, S/10855/Add.29, S/10855/Add.30, S/10855/Add.33, S/10855/Add.41, S/10855/Add.43, S/10855/Add.44, S/11185/Add.14, S/11185/Add.15, S/11185/Add.16, S/11185/Add.21, S/11185/Add.42/Rev.1, S/11185/Add.47, S/11593/Add.15, S/11593/Add.21, S/11593/Add.29, S/11593/Add.42, S/11593/Add.49, S/11935/Add.21, S/11935/Add.42, S/11935/Add.48, S/12269/Add.12, S/12269/Add.13, S/12269/Add.21, S/12269/Add.42, S/12269/Add.48, S/13033/Add.2, S/13033/Add.16, S/13033/Add.19, S/13033/Add.21, S/13033/Add.23, S/13033/Add.34, S/13033/Add.47, S/13033/Add.50, S/13737/Add.15, S/13737/Add.16, S/13737/Add.21, S/13737/Add.24, S/13737/Add.49).
At its 2258th meeting, held on 17 December 1980, the Security Council resumed its consideration of the item, having before it the report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, covering the period from 13 June to 11 December 1980 (S/14295).
The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Israel and Lebanon, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote.
The President called attention to a draft resolution (S/14298) which had been prepared in the course of consultations among the members of the Council.
The Security Council adopted the draft resolution (S/14298) as resolution 483 (1980) by a vote of 12 votes in favour, none against, with 2 abstentions(German Democratic Republic, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). One member (China) did not participate in the voting.
Resolution 483 (1980) reads as follows:
The Security Council
its resolutions 425 (1978), 426 (1978), 427 (1978), 434 (1978), 444 (1979), 450 (1979), 459 (1979), 467 (1980) and 474 (1980),
the report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon of 12 December 1980 (S/14295),
the letter dated 15 December 1980 from the Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the Secretary-General (S/114296),
that the present situation has serious consequences for peace and security in the Middle East,
its call for the strict respect for the territorial integrity, unity, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon within its internationally recognized boundaries,
of the Secretary-General's report (S/14295);
to renew the mandate of the Force for six months, that is, until 19 June 1981, and reiterates its commitment to the full implementation of the mandate of UNIFIL throughout its entire area of operations up to the internationally recognized boundaries, according to the terms of reference and guidelines as stated and confirmed in the appropriate Security Council resolutions;
the performance of the Force and reiterates its terms of reference as set out in the Secretary-General's report of 19 March 1978 (S/12611) and approved by resolution 126 (1978), in particular, that the Force must be enabled to function as an efficient military unit, that it must enjoy freedom of movement and communication and other facilities necessary for the performance of its tasks and that it must continue to be able to discharge its duties according to the above-mentioned terms of reference, including the right of self-defence;
Expresses its support
for the Lebanese Government in its efforts to strengthen its authority, both at the civilian and at the military level, in the zone of operations of UNIFIL;
the Secretary-General for his efforts to reactivate the Israel-Lebanon Mixed Armistice Commission (ILMAC), takes note of the preparatory meeting that was held on Monday, 1 December 1980, and calls on all parties to continue such efforts as are necessary for the total and unconditional implementation of the General Armistice Agreement ;
the Secretary-General to take the necessary measures to intensify discussions among all the Parties concerned, so that UNIFIL may complete its mandate, and to report periodically on the results of his efforts to the Security Council;
its determination, in the event of continuing obstruction of the mandate of UNIFIL, to examine practical ways and. means to secure the full implementation of resolution 425 (1978).
The situation in the occupied Arab territories
(see S/11935/Add.18, S/11935/Add.19, S/11935/Add.20, S/11935/Add.21, S/11935/Add.44, S/11935/Add.45, S/13033/Add.9, S/13033/Add.10, S/13033/Add.ll, S/13033/Add.28, S/13737/Add.7, S/13737/Add.8, S/13737/Add.18 and S/13737/Add.20).
The Security Council resumed its consideration of the item at its 2259th and 2260th meetings, held on 19 December 1980. The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Egypt, Israel and Kuwait, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote.
The President drew attention to the request contained in the letter dated 18 December 1980 from the representative of Tunisia (S/14303) that the representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization be invited to participate in the debate. He said that that proposal was not formulated under rule 37 or rule 39 of the Security Council's provisional rules of procedure but that if it was adopted by the Council, the invitation would confer on the Palestine Liberation Organization the same rights of participation as were conferred on Member. States invited pursuant to rule 37.
Following discussion, the Security Council adopted the proposal by a vote of 10 in favour to 1 against (the United States of America), with 4 abstentions (France, Norway, Portugal and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).
In accordance with the request dated 18 December 1980 from Tunisia (S/14305), the Security Council extended an invitation under rule 39 to Dr. Clovis Maksoud. Also, in accordance with the request dated 18 December 1980 (S/14304), the Security Council extended an invitation under rule 39 to Mr. Fahd Qawsma, Mayor of Al-Khalil, and Mr. Mohamed Milhelm, Mayor of Halboul.
The President called attention to the text of a draft resolution (S/14306) that had been prepared in the course of consultations among the members of the Council.
At its 2260th meeting, the Security Council adopted the draft resolution (S/14306), by 15 votes to none, as resolution 484 (1980).
Resolution 484 (1980) reads as follows:
The Security Council
its resolutions 466 (1930) and 469 (1980),
of General Assembly resolution 35/122 F,
its grave concern at the expulsion by Israel of the Mayor of Hebron and the Mayor of Halhoul,
the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to all the Arab territories occupied by Israel in 1967;
Israel, the occupying Power, to adhere to the provisions of the Convention;
Declares it imperative
that the Mayor of Hebron and the Mayor of Halhioul be enabled to return to their homes and resume their responsibilities;
the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of this resolution as soon as possible.
The question of South Africa
(see S/12269/Add.12, S/12269/Add.13, S/12269/Add.43, S/12269/Add.44, S/12269/Add.49, S/12520/Add.4, S/13033/Add.13, S/13033/Add.37, S/13737/Add.22 and S/13737/Add.23).
At its 2261st meeting, on 19 December 1960, the Security Council resumed its consideration of the item, having before it the report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Security Council resolution 473 (1980) (S/14167 and Add.1) and the report of the Security Council Committee established by resolution 421 (1977) concerning the question of South Africa on ways and means of making the mandatory arms embargo against South Africa more effective (S/14179).
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