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The list of items of which the Security Council is seized is contained in documents S/19420 of 11 January 1988.
During the week ending 16 January 1988, the Security Council took action on the following items:
The situation in the occupied Arab territories (see S/11935/Add.18, S/11935/Add.19, S/11935/Add.20, S/11935/Add.21, S/11935/Add.44, S/11935/Add.45, S/13033/Add.9, S/13033/Add.10, S/13033/Add.11, S/13033/Add.28, S/13737/Add.7, S/13737/Add.8, S/13737/Add.18, S/13737/Add.20, S/13737/Add.22, S/13737/Add.50, S/14326/Add.50, S/14840/Add.1, S/14840/Add.2, S/14840/Add.3, S/14840/Add.4, S/14840/Add.12, S/14840/Add.13, S/14840/Add.15, S/14840/Add.16, S/14840/Add.45, S/15560/Add.6, S/15560/Add.7, S/15560/Add.20, S/15560/Add.30, S/15560/Add.31, S/16880/Add.36, S/17725/Add.3, S/17725/Add.4, S/17725/Add.48, S/17725/Add.49, S/18570/Add.49, S/18570/Add.50, S/18570/Add.51 and S/19420/Add.1)
The Security Council resumed its consideration of the item at its 2781st meeting, on 14 January 1988.
In the course of the meetings, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representative of Israel and Lebanon, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote.
The President drew attention to the request contained in the letter dated 14 January 1988 from the Permanent Representative of Algeria (S/19430) that the Permanent Observer of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the United Nations be invited to participate in the debate. He said that that proposal was not formulated under rule 37 or rule 39 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council but that, if the Council were to adopt the proposal, the invitation would confer on the PLO the same rights of participation as those conferred on Member States invited pursuant to rule 37.
Following discussion, the Security Council adopted the proposal by 10 votes to 1 (United States of America), with 4 abstentions (France, Germany, Federal Republic of, Italy and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).
The President drew attention to the text of a draft resolution (S/19429), submitted by Algeria, Argentina, Nepal, Senegal, Yugoslavia and Zambia.
The Security Council then proceeded to vote on the draft resolution (S/19429), and adopted it by 14 votes in favour, to none against, with 1 abstention (United States of America), as resolution 608 (1988).
Resolution 608 (1988) reads as follows:
In a letter dated 7 January 1988 addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/19415), the Permanent Representative of Lebanon requested that an urgent meeting of the Security Council be convened to consider the continuing acts of aggression and abusive practices of the Israeli occupying forces in Lebanon.
The Security Council resumed its consideration of the item at its 2782nd meeting, on 15 January 1988.
In the course of the meeting, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote.
In response to the request dated 15 January 1988 from the Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations (S/19432), the Security Council extended an invitation under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure to Mr. Samir Mansouri at the 2782nd meeting, on 15 January 1988.
At the same meeting, the President drew attention to the text of a draft resolution (S/19434), submitted by Algeria, Argentina, Nepal, Senegal, Yugoslavia and Zambia, which reads as follows: