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This assessment has been prepared under my own responsibility following consultations with members of the Council, pursuant to the note by the President of the Security Council dated 12 June 1997 (S/1997/451) and should not be considered as representing the views of the Council.
I should be grateful if the present letter and its annex could be circulated as a document of the Security Council.
In total, during the month of August, the Security Council held 10 official meetings and 13 informal consultations of the whole and adopted two resolutions and three presidential statements. The President made four statements to the press on behalf of the Council members.
The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
On 11 August the Council heard a regular briefing on the situation in the peace process, presented by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, who stated that there had been no tangible progress during the past month towards resuming the peace negotiations on any of the tracks. The Council afterwards held consultations, also on the Middle East.
On 31 August the President made a statement to the press, in which the members of the Council condemned the terrorist attacks in Israel that had resulted in the loss of innocent lives. They also condemned all other acts of terrorism, denounced the escalation of violence in the Middle East and called on all parties to continue the peace process in the region.