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During the month of May, the Security Council held 13 official meetings and conducted informal consultations on 9 occasions. It adopted three resolutions and five presidential statements. The President also made five statements to the press on behalf of the Council.
On 3 May, after its adoption, the President briefed the press on the work programme of the Security Council. The President also held meetings respectively with the President of the General Assembly and the President of the Economic and Social Council, briefing them on the work of the Security Council.
Through its website ( http://www.sikkerhedsraadet.um.dk/en), the presidency provided information on the activities of the Council.
On 4 May, the President made a statement on behalf of the Council (S/PRST/2005/17), welcoming that the parties concerned in Lebanon had made significant and noticeable progress towards implementing some of the provisions contained in resolution 1559 (2004), while expressing concern at the determination of the Secretary-General that there had been no progress on the implementation of other provisions of the resolution, in particular the disarmament of Lebanese and non-Lebanese mil itia and the extension of the control of the Government of Lebanon over all Lebanese territory, and that the requirements of the resolution had not yet been met.
On 18 May the Council heard the monthly open briefing on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Kieran Prendergast, stated that the people of the Middle East were now approaching a number of important turning points, and he expressed hope that recent events in the region would be remembered as a new start on the road towards peace, rather than a slide back into conflict and violent confrontation. Reporting on the meeting of the Quartet in Moscow on 9 May, he said that the discussion, which had sought to review the current situation in the Middle East with particular attention to disengagement from Gaza, had focused on how best to help the parties maintain the momentum at this fragile moment of opportunity. He further said that the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and the northern West Bank marked an important landmark in Israeli-Palestinian relations, and that continued bilateral coordination would be one way to ensure that disengagement proceeded successfully. The Under-Secretary-General also touched on the situation in Lebanon. After the briefing, the members of the Council held informal consultations.