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Under the presidency of Costa Rica, the Security Council dealt with a wide range of regional issues, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Kosovo, the Middle East, Nepal, Lebanon, Somalia and the Sudan. The Council elected, simultaneously with the General Assembly, five judges to the International Court of Justice; received the coordinated report of its three counter-terrorism subsidiary bodies and held an open debate on maintenance of international peace and security: strengthening collective security through general regulation and reduction of armaments.
The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
On 25 November, the Council was briefed by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. He expressed regret that Israel and the Palestinians were likely to fall short of their commitment, made at Annapolis, to reach an agreement by the end of the year. At the same time, he welcomed the parties’ affirmation that they had engaged in direct, sustained and intensive negotiations.
After the briefing, owing to the sensitivity of the issue, the Council held consultations of the whole, where members of the Council held an interactive dialogue with the Under-Secretary-General.