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Please find attached the assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of Ghana for the month of October 2007 (see annex). This assessment has been prepared under my own responsibility, following consultations with the other members of the Council.
I should be grateful if you would have the present letter and its annex circulated as a document of the Security Council.
The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
On 24 October, the Council heard a briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. This was followed by informal consultations. The Under-Secretary-General informed the Council that the reporting period had seen both the Israeli-Palestinian political dialogue and international engagement with the Middle East peace process reach their most intensive levels in years. However, there had also been several developments of concern on the ground in the West Bank and a further serious deterioration of the situation in Gaza. Council members expressed support for the efforts of the Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, and the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and those of the Quartet, including the work of the Quartet representative, Tony Blair. Council members also expressed support for the international meeting on the Middle East to be held in Annapolis in November under the auspices of the United States of America. Council members further commended regional efforts, including the Arab Peace Initiative, and urged all parties to refrain from the use of violence and help ease the humanitarian situation in the occupied territories.