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        Security Council
15 February 2005

Security Council
Fifty-ninth year
5122nd meeting
Tuesday, 15 February 2005, 1:05 p.m.
New York

President:Mr. Adechi (Benin)
Members:Algeria Mr. Benmehidi
Argentina Mr. Mayoral
Brazil Mr. Sardenberg
China Mr. Wang Guangya
Denmark Ms. Løj
France Mr. De La Sablière
Greece Mrs. Papadopoulou
Japan Mr. Oshima
Philippines Mr. Baja
Romania Mr. Dumitru
Russian Federation Mr. Smirnov
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Sir Emyr Jones Parry
United Republic of Tanzania Mr. Mahiga
United States of America Mrs. Patterson


The situation in the Middle East

The meeting was called to order at 1.05 p.m.

Adoption of the agenda

The agenda was adopted.

The situation in the Middle East

The President (spoke in French ): The Security Council will now begin its consideration of the item on its agenda. The Council is meeting in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations.

Following consultations among members of the Security Council, I have been authorized to make the following statement on behalf of the Council:

“The Security Council received a briefing from the Secretariat on the situation in Lebanon on 15 February 2005.

“The Security Council unequivocally condemns the 14 February 2005 terrorist bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and others and caused serious injury to dozens of people, including former Minister Basil Fleihan.

“The Security Council expresses its deepest sympathy and condolences to the people and Government of Lebanon and to the victims and their families.

“The Council calls on the Lebanese Government to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of this heinous terrorist act and notes the Lebanese Government’s commitments in this regard. The Council urges all States, in accordance with its resolutions 1566 (2004) and 1373 (2001), to cooperate fully in the fight against terrorism.

“The Security Council is gravely concerned by the murder of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon and its possible impact on ongoing efforts by the people of Lebanon to solidify Lebanon’s democracy, including during the upcoming parliamentary elections. Such a terrorist act should not jeopardize the holding of these elections in transparent, free and democratic conditions.

“The Security Council is concerned by the potential for further destabilization of Lebanon, and expresses hope that the Lebanese people will be able to emerge from this terrible event united and to use peaceful means in support of their long-standing national aspiration to full sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

“The Security Council reaffirms its previous calls upon all parties concerned to cooperate fully and urgently with the Security Council for the full implementation of all relevant resolutions concerning the restoration of the territorial integrity, full sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon.

“The Security Council requests the Secretary-General to follow closely the situation in Lebanon and to report urgently on the circumstances, causes and consequences of this terrorist act.”

This statement will be issued as a document of the Security Council under the symbol S/PRST/2005/4.

The Security Council has thus concluded the present stage of its consideration of the item on its agenda.

The meeting rose at 1.10 p.m.

This record contains the text of speeches delivered in English and of the interpretation of speeches delivered in the other languages. The final text will be printed in the Official Records of the Security Council . Corrections should be submitted to the original languages only. They should be incorporated in a copy of the record and sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned to the Chief of the Verbatim Reporting Service, room C-154A.

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