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UNITED
NATIONS
S

        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
S/2001/596
18 June 2001

Original: English

Letter dated 15 June 2001 from the Permanent Representative of the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the
United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council


I attach my assessment of the work of the Security Council during the Presidency of the United Kingdom in the month of April 2001 (see annex). This assessment has been prepared under my own responsibility following consultations with members of the Council, pursuant to note S/1997/451 of 12 June 1997, and should not be considered as representing the views of the Council.

I should be grateful if this letter and the attached assessment could be circulated as a document of the Security Council.


(Signed) Jeremy Greenstock


Annex to the letter dated 15 June 2001 from the Permanent Representative
of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the
United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council


Assessment of the work of the Security Council


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (April 2001)


Introduction


Under the presidency of Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Security Council dealt with a range of issues in April. Much of the Security Council’s time was devoted to African issues, but the Council also considered a wide range of other specific situations. During the month the Council adopted three resolutions and one presidential statement. It held six public meetings, one private meeting and its members met in informal consultations on 14 occasions. Two meetings with troop-contributing countries were also held.

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Middle East (18 April 2001)

Council members heard a briefing by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hédi Annabi, on what they saw as a dangerous escalation across the blue line between Israel and Lebanon established by the United Nations. They also expressed deep concern at the recent violent action in the Gaza Strip and surrounding areas. In expressing their support for the statement issued by the Secretary-General on 16 April, Council members condemned the renewed cycle of violence that has inflamed the already tense situation in the region. They called on all parties to respect the blue line, to exercise maximum restraint and to refrain from any action that would exacerbate the situation further. They also insisted on respect for Security Council resolutions 425 (1978) and 1337 (2001). Council members will continue to follow the situation in the region very closely.

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