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Conseil de sécurité - Évaluation des activités du Conseil de sécurité pendant la présidence de la Fédération de Russie (mars 2013) – Lettre de la Fédération de Russie (extraits)
26 June 2013
Letter dated 21 June 2013 from the Permanent Representative
of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council
I have the honour to transmit herewith the report on the work of the Security Council during the presidency of the Russian Federation in March 2013 (see annex). The report was prepared under my responsibility, after consultation with the other members of the Security Council.
I should be grateful if you would have the present letter and its annex circulated as a document of the Security Council.
Annex to the letter dated 21 June 2013 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council
Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of the Russian Federation (March 2013)
Under the presidency of the Russian Federation, the Security Council carried out an extensive programme of work during the month of March 2013. The Council held 34 meetings and closed consultations. The Council adopted six resolutions and agreed on eight statements to the press.
On 25 March, the
Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General, Robert Serry, briefed the Council in an open briefing on the situation in the Middle East. He expressed cautious optimism regarding recent developments on the Israeli-Palestinian track, including in the light of the visit of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to the region and his meetings with the leaders of both sides, and commitments reiterated by them to the two-State solution despite their difference on its terms and the way forward. He also underlined the Israeli-Turkish agreement on restoring normal relations and noted no new settlements announcements, fewer incursions by the Israeli security forces into the West Bank and a decrease in the demolitions of Palestinian structures. He noted, however, that the level of settler violence remained high and expressed concern at a serious setback in the implementation of the Gaza ceasefire, with new rockets fired into Israel and restrictions renewed on fishing limits and movement of Palestinians into and out of Gaza, as well as repeated closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing.
Nevertheless, the Special Coordinator suggested that the new opening could be developed into a serious and substantial political initiative leading to meaningful negotiations, and called on the parties to demonstrate political will and determination to make progress and on the international community to act in concert through a revitalized Quartet that engages more broadly with Arab partners, and regional and other stakeholders.
In the consultations of the whole that followed, the members of the Council shared the Special Coordinator’s cautious optimism, stressed the necessity of launching the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue without delay, and expressed hope for renewed United States engagement in reaching a positive outcome. They warned against unilateral measures by the parties, particularly with regard to Israeli settlement activities, and condemned the recent rocket fire from Gaza into Israel. Some members stressed the need for the financial sustainability of the Palestinian Authority. In this regard, many welcomed the decision by the Government of Israel to transfer Palestinian tax revenues in a timely manner and without disruption.