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The Council placed special emphasis on African issues, as was particularly apparent during the ministerial meeting of 9 May 2006, chaired by Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Congo, Rodolphe Adada, on the situation in the Sudan following the signing in Abuja on 5 May 2006 of the Darfur Peace Agreement, and during the private meeting held on 31 May 2006, in which members of the Council heard a briefing by Denis Sassou-Nguesso, President of the Congo and President of the African Union, on armed conflicts in Africa.
In May, the Council held 19 official meetings and 22 informal consultations. It adopted six resolutions and five presidential statements. The President also made five statements to the press on behalf of the Security Council. He held one private meeting with the troop-contributing countries.
On 17 May, in the context of the consultations, the Council adopted resolution 1680 (2006). The Council encouraged the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic to respond favourably to the request made by the Government of Lebanon to delineate the border between Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic, in particular in the area of the Shab’a Farms, and establish diplomatic relations and representation.
The Council urged the Governments of Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic to take measures to prevent the movement of arms for the militias into Lebanese territory, and welcomed the decision of the national dialogue to disarm Palestinian and all other militias.
The members also made an appeal for restraint and called on the parties not to resort to unilateral measures which could pre-empt final status issues.