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Annex to the letter dated 15 December 2011 from the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council
Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of Nigeria (October 2011)
Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
On 24 October 2011, the Council held an open debate on the situation in the Middle East, at which it heard a briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe. He said that the recent exchange of prisoners between the Israelis and the Palestinians marked a significant humanitarian breakthrough. He encouraged the parties to display equal determination in the search for a lasting solution to the Middle East problem. Noting the Quartet statement of 23 September 2011, Mr. Pascoe urged the parties to refrain from provocations and to be ready to offer serious proposals on borders and security for negotiation in order to avoid the deepening of the impasse. Statements were made by the Permanent Representative of Israel and the Permanent Observer for Palestine.
Council and non-Council members called on the parties to seize the momentum and work towards early resumption of direct negotiations within the framework of the Quartet statement of 23 September 2011. In addition, they were encouraged to forge consensus on all permanent status issues. Several Member States expressed views on the Palestinian application for admission to United Nations membership, under consideration by the Security Council.