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