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UNITED
NATIONS
S

        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
S/2002/663
13 June 2002

Original: English

Letter dated 12 June 2002 from the Permanent Representative of Norway
to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council


Please find enclosed the assessment of the work of the Security Council during the Norwegian presidency in March 2002 (see annex).

I would be grateful if you could arrange to have this letter and the attached assessment circulated as a document of the Security Council.


(Signed ) Ole Peter Kolby
Ambassador
Permanent Representative


Annex to the letter dated 12 June 2002 from the
Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations
addressed to the President of the Security Council


Assessment of the work of the Security Council
during the presidency of Norway (March 2002)


During Norway’s presidency of the Security Council in March, the Council held 9 public meetings, 6 private meetings and 3 meetings with troop-contributing countries, and its members met on 17 occasions for informal consultations and 4 times under the “Arria formula”. The Council adopted seven resolutions and three presidential statements, and the President was authorized on nine occasions to make statements to the press on behalf of Council members.

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The Middle East

The Council received its monthly briefing on developments in the Middle East on 12 March. The Secretary-General gave the briefing at a public meeting, which was followed by consultations, after which the Council adopted resolution 1397 (2002). In the resolution the Council affirmed a vision of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side within secure and recognized borders; demanded the immediate cessation of all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction; called on the parties to cooperation on the implementation of the Tenet work plan and Mitchell report recommendations, with the aim of resuming negotiations on a political settlement; and expressed support for the efforts of the Secretary-General and others to assist the parties to halt the violence and to resume the peace process. The resolution was adopted by 14 votes in favour, with one abstention.

The Council convened a public meeting on 29 March to discuss the further escalation of violence in the Middle East. The Council also met for informal consultations to consider possible action. Subsequently, resolution 1402 (2002) was adopted on 30 March, in which the Security Council called for an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian cities and the implementation of the Tenet work plan and Mitchell report recommendations. Furthermore, it reiterated the demand it had made in resolution 1397 (2002) for an immediate cessation of all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction, and expressed support for the efforts of the Secretary-General and the special envoys to the Middle East to assist the parties to halt the violence and to resume the peace process. The resolution was adopted by 14 votes in favour. One member did not participate in the voting.

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