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5 November 1985
SUMMARY STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
ON MATTERS OF WHICH THE SECURITY COUNCIL IS SEIZED
AND ON THE STAGE REACHED IN THEIR CONSIDERATION
Pursuant to rule 11 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council, the Secretary-General is submitting the following summary statement.
The list of items of which the Security Council is seized is contained in document S/16880 of 7 January 1985, S/16880/Add.4 of 13 February 1985, S/16880/Add.18 of 20 May 1985, S/16880/Add.24 of 9 July 1985 and S/16880/Add.39 of 1 November 1985.
At the 2618th meeting, held on 9 October 1985, prior to the adoption of the agenda, the President of the Security Council read out the following statement (S/17554) which he said he had been authorised to make on behalf of the members of the Security Council:
“The members of the Security Council welcome the news of the release of the passengers and the crew of the cruise ship Achille Laura and deplore the reported death of a passenger.
“They endorse the Secretary-General’s statement of 8 October 1985, which condemns all acts of terrorism.
“They resolutely condemn this unjustifiable and criminal hijacking as well as other acts of terrorism, including hostage-taking.
"They also condemn terrorism in all its forms, wherever and by whomever committed.”
During the week ending 12 October 1985, the Security Council took action on the following items:
The Middle East problem including the Palestinian question
(See S/11935/Add.2, S/11935/Add.3 and S/11935/Add.4)
In a letter dated 30 September 1985 addressed to the President of the Security Council (
), the representative of India, referring to the decision of the Conference of Foreign Ministers of Non-Aligned Countries, held at Luanda from 8 September 1985, on behalf of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, requested the urgent convening of the Security Council under the item “The Middle East problem including the Palestinian question”.
The Security Council resumed its consideration of the item at its 2618th 2622nd meetings, held between 9 and 11 October 1985.
At the 2619th meeting, held on 10 October 1985, the President drew attention to the request contained in the letter dated 9 October 1985 from the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations (
) that the Head of the Political Department and Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) be invited to participate in the debate. He said that the proposal was not formulated under rules 37 or 39 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council and that, if the Council were to adopt it, the invitation would confer on PLO the same rights of participation as those conferred on Member States invited pursuant to rule 37.
Following the discussion, the Security Council adopted the proposal by 10 votes in favour, to one against (United States of America), with 4 abstentions (Australia, Denmark, France and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).
In the course of the meetings, the President, with the consent of the Council invited the representatives of Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Democratic Yemen, the German Democratic Republic, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Pakistan, the Syrian Arab Republic and Yugoslavia, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote.
In response to a request dated 9 October 1985 from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the President, with the consent of the Council, extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council's provisional rules of procedure to the Chairman of that Committee. In accordance with the request dated 10 October 1985 from the Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations (
) and another request dated 10 October 1985 from the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations (
), the Security Council extended an invitation under rule 39 to Dr. Clovis Maksoud at its 2620th meeting and to Mr. Seid Sheriffudin Pirzada, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, at the 2621st meeting.