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The summary paper is attached (see annex). The purpose of the paper is to indicate the areas and suggestions for follow-up action. It is not meant to be exhaustive on the issues raised, but for use as a resource to improve the work of the Security Council, both procedural and substantive.
I would be grateful if the contents of the present letter and its annex could be brought to the attention of members of the Council and issued as a document of the Security Council.
Points concerning the wrap-up meeting of the Council
Some members said that the holding of wrap-up meetings to assess the work of the Council was a matter of importance and that it would be useful to continue the practice.
A number of speakers said that they saw no need to hold such wrap-up meetings every month.
Some speakers stressed that it was important to translate delegations’ observations on the working methods of the Council into rules for the future work of the Council, because this practice would have no point unless the numerous observations were taken into account.
In general, a number of speakers emphasized the importance of holding an increased number of open meetings of the Council at which Member States could present their views on the issues on the Council’s agenda.
The Middle East
A number of speakers said that the Council had difficulty in dealing with the topic of the Middle East and that the Council had held many meetings for the purpose of discussing the situation in the region.
A number of speakers welcomed the opportunity afforded by Farouk Al-Shara’, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Syrian Arab Republic, presiding over the Council and being able to hear from him directly about the Syrian position on political developments in the region, and they commended the useful and constructive discussion held during the meeting.
A number of Council members spoke of the need to mobilize all efforts to achieve a comprehensive and just peace in the region. Representatives referred to the Arab peace initiative endorsed by the Beirut Summit and the work being done by the quadripartite committee, as well as to the statement by the President of the United States of America, George W. Bush.
Speakers stressed the need for the Security Council to assume its full responsibilities with regard to the Middle East. Some speakers spoke of the urgent need for the convening of meetings at which Council members could exchange views on opportunities and prospects for activating the Middle East peace process on the basis of the resolutions of international legitimacy, particularly Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973).